Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has officially opened its Barbados campus at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, with classes expected to begin on Monday, according to Barbados Today.
The newspaper quoted Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, as encouraging Barbadians in her feature address to the opening ceremony to embrace the 1,350 students like their own.
“Let us embrace the children of Ross recognising that they are our children- they are our partners and our family. Let them understand what a wonderful place this country will be,” she said.
RUSM Barbados is one of five accredited simulation campuses to be established outside of the United States, Barbados Today reported.
Business Wire in an article on the opening of the new campus, said in addition to the build-out of the academic facilities at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, RUSM has also completed construction for a living community for students at The Villages at Coverley.
It reported that with the help of the Barbados government, RUSM has established a busing cooperative with local transportation business owners to transport students between Coverley and the campus.
To date, the construction projects have provided work for over 1,000 Bajans, and the annual economic impact of RUSM in Barbados is estimated to be between $55-$60 million, according to Business Wire.
In August last year, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that Ross University, would be leaving the Eastern Caribbean nation after 40 years.
The announcement came after Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and the university’s chief executive officer, Lisa Wardell, later held a press conference in Bridgetown indicating that Barbados would be the new home of the American university.
Mottley had denied there was anything underhanded by her Administration in accepting the learning institution.