Dominican students, who will be leaving the island this week to pursue medical and other degrees in Cuba, have been urged to make the best use of the opportunity and return to assist in the country’s development.
Fourteen more Dominicans were awarded scholarships from the Cuban Government to pursue tertiary education under the Cuban Scholarship Program on 13 July 2018.
“I want to tell you take the opportunity; enjoy the good times but use the opportunity,”
Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa advised the students.
“Always think of how many Dominican students would like to go to Cuba to do the same,” the Ambassador added.
Kelsey Joseph, Jovina Lawrence, Lou Ann Lawrence, Sherniah Mills, Raquel Mills, Jessica Riviere, Krystal Williams and Jerome Auguiste will pursue undergraduate studies in medicine, while Tawiah Hunter will study Stomatology.
Lucci-Ann Thomas and Joselle Casey will study Building and Civil Engineering and Walter Greenaway Jr. Computer Science while Jefferson Garraway and Yoland Prosper will pursue Post Graduate degrees in Medicine.
The medical degree students are expected to leave island between by 25 July 2018 while the other recipients will leave in September 2018.
“And then, when you are finished, come back. You have the task to rebuild Dominica, to help Dominica,” the Ambassador further advised.
“Always think of your people in your land and in your family. So take the opportunity, use it and enjoy it,” Ambassador de la Rosa added.
The Cuban Scholarship Program has been in existence here for over thirty-nine years.
“We are not a rich country, but in Cuba you will receive hospitality; you will meet friendly people so you will have all the right conditions in Cuba to study,” Ambassador de la Rosa stated.
He also expressed delight for the continued relationship between the two countries, especially post Hurricane Maria.
The Cuban Government has been assisting Dominica in its recovery process through the supply of relief, building materials and skilled workmen to assist in rebuilding homes, schools and health centers among other public buildings.
“I am very happy to see many Cubans working close with Dominica… Even after Maria, Cuba did not come to Dominica, we were here,” he said.