The new medical school being opened in the British Virgin Islands only has two more hurdles to pass before it can become fully operational in the British Virgin Islands.
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley told BVI News that the University of Science Arts and Technology — which was later renamed to the University of Health & Humanities, Virgin Islands — is waiting for renovations to be completed at its James Young Harbour View Marina campus in East End, Tortola.
The other thing in the way of the medical school commencing operations is the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).
“The next hurdle that must be overcome for the school to operate is the accreditation from CAAM-HP. Once the institution is accredited, there should be no barrier to them operating,” said Dr Wheatley, who noted that he had no timeline for when the facility would receive accreditation.
The Education Minister also confirmed that he had talks with founder and President of the university Dr Orien Tulp when he first came into office.
A number of factors have since developed, including renovations which are currently ongoing at the East End facility.
“Early on in my tenure, I had a meeting with Dr Tulp. At that point, the institution needed a building to rent. I have been informed that the institution now has a space in East End.”
This is the first mention of the medical school from the new VIP administration which came into office in February 2019.
Back in June 2018, the Cabinet of the previous NDP government approved for the institution to begin operations in the territory.
The then Education Minister Myron Walwyn said in October 2018 that a few hundred international students were expressing interest in the medical school. He also said that it was expected to be opened in January 2019.
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