The President of the Vieux-Fort based IAU College 0f Medicine has stated categorically that his institution has absolutely no intention of moving out of St Lucia.
Manmadhan Nair was responding to reports that the medical school was preparing to shut down and move to another Caribbean location.
The statement comes after news that Atlantic University School of Medicine (AUSM) was moving to Antigua, after it was reportedly directed by the government of St Lucia to get accredited by 2018.
Mr. Nair said IAU has no intention to move out of St Lucia.
“St Lucia is our home and we have invested a lot of effort as well as a lot of community activities and we became part of the community and we want to continue that way. There is no reason for us to move,” he stated.
He said IAU has been working with the government of St Lucia to implement standards to improve the quality of education at the College. Mr. Nair said reports of the school’s closure has impacted student enrollment.
“There is no way we will move from Vieux Fort to any other island. Vieux Fort is our hometown and we will stay there and we are obliging with every requirement what the government is asking for or what the government is putting together for the medical schools to follow,” Nair said.
Responding to questions about a recently imposed staff rotation at IAU, Mr. Nair said it was a temporary measure brought on by reduced student enrollment. However he expects the situation to return to normal by early September.
Mr. Nair said the staff rotation system was implemented so workers would not have to be dismissed.
IAU currently has a population of approximately 295 students.