A few hundred international students have already expressed interest in the medical school that is being established in the BVI, Education Minister Myron Walwyn has said.
This offshore school — which is called the University of Science Arts and Technology (USAT) and which is already established in other jurisdictions — is expected to open by January 2019.
The minister said administrators of the educational facility gave that report in a recent exchange with him.
“What they said of great interest to us is that they already have about 450 students ready to come into the territory to start … That says a lot to me,” Walwyn said while speaking on NDP Radio this week.
Start getting housing accommodations ready
While describing it as promising news for the territory, Walwyn is now encouraging local landlords to advance works to restore their properties so that they can possibly provide accommodation for these international students when they arrive.
“Those of us who can get our properties ready — our one-bedroom and our two-bedroom apartments — try to get them done as quickly as possible so that we can take advantage of what this has to offer,” he said.
Administrators of USAT — who recently received a licence to operate in the BVI — are also in the process if securing a location from which to operate the private offshore educational facility.
USAT, an accredited university, trains and provides degrees in medicine, surgery, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacology, veterinary medicine, and public health.
Institutions such as USAT are able to operate in the territory based on the territory’s Higher Education Licensing Act, a law implemented in 2016.