(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- Tertiary-level education is being targeted to play a key role in the Federation’s expansion plan to keep the economy moving forward, according to Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.
“We are open to welcoming more schools of learning, more participants in the purveying of quality education in St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Harris said, while delivering remarks during a November 29 breakfast meeting hosted by Adtalem Global Education Inc, the parent company of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM).
RUSVM has been based in St. Kitts since 1983. Since then, it has graduated roughly 5,000 veterinarians who work around the world.
“We have had a long experience and we have learned quite a lot about the support mechanisms that are required,” Dr. Harris said. “This allows us to competently deal with the issues that arise from the purveying of quality education in our beloved Federation.”
Prime Minister Harris commended Ross University for “pioneering in this arena and for the longevity associated with its stay with us over 35 years and counting.”
“It has been a very beneficial experience on both sides,” Dr. Harris noted. “Ross has stood here because the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, from day one, stood beside and provided support to the investment of Ross in St. Kitts and Nevis. Ross has expanded its engagement in St. Kitts and Nevis and has over time become a model of a corporate personality with a social conscience.”
In July 2018, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine expanded its research footprint in St. Kitts and Nevis by opening a US $10.5 million-dollar Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) Research and Pathology building.
Ross University has provided more than $3.1 million in scholarships to St. Kitts and Nevis nationals since 2014, noted President of Adtalem Global Education Medical and Healthcare Vertical, Ms. Kathy Boden Holland.
According to the Prime Minister, St. Kitts and Nevis currently boasts a foreign student base of close to 5,000 people at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Windsor University School of Medicine, the International University of the Health Sciences (IUHS), the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, among other institutions.