Ross University School of Medicine has confirmed its decision to leave Dominica.
Adtalem Global Education, the parent company of Ross University, made the announcement during a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley on Friday.
Chief Executive Officer of Adtalem Global Education, Lisa Wardell announced a partnership with the government of Barbados to commence a university there by 5 January 2019.
Lisa Wardell made the announcement during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Mia Mottley in Barbados on Friday 3 August 2018.
Wardell said the university visited Barbados in May 2018 to discuss establishing a university there.
“As you may be aware, the RUSM community has shown tremendous dedication since September when they faced the extraordinary and unanticipated devastation of Hurricane Maria,” she said.
As CEO, she said she sometimes have to make very difficult decisions adding that it is with a heavy heart she made the decision to leave Dominica.
“My team and I are personally partnering with PM Skerrit to transition in the best possible way for the people of Dominica. They have been the Ross family for decades and Prime Minister Skerrit is both a partner and a friend to Adtalem Global Education.”
However Wardell said her job is to position the RUSM for the future and for them, the future is Barbados.
Prime Minister Mottley empathized with Dominica and said that she will have her Cabinet consider offering educational opportunities for Dominicans to pursue post-secondary studies in Barbados.
“We believe that we as a country in circumstances where we might be benefitting now not because of anything other than the circumstances of nature, that we would also like to consider and have the Cabinet consider offering Dominicans scholarships in Barbados at the post-secondary level.”
She explained that Ross’ presence did generate a level of economic activity in Dominica and they will therefore work with Dominica to see how best they can go about the provisioning of scholarships.