Barbados Woos Second U.S. University

Author  Edited from CMC.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– The Barbados government says it is holding talks with Chamberlain University,a United States-based college, in a bid to have it set up a campus here.

Prime Minister MiaMottley said she is hoping that the discussions with the for-profit healthcare and nursing school that offers bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs in nursing, and a public health master’s degree, can soon be “wrapped up.”

Mottley, who last month toured the Villages at Coverley where 1,500 students and staff at the U.S.-based Ross University School of Medicine will reside, did not disclose details of the talks with Chamberlain University, but said that her administration was using Ross University as a test.

“We haven’t spoken about the work we are doing with Chamberlain University, which is a nursing school, and we are looking to see how we can wrap that up as we go along,” said the prime minister.”

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“But we want to perfect what we are doing with Ross first, while at the same time having a conversation with the Barbados Community College and Chamberlain,” she added.

“… The government of Barbados is already in the provision of nursing education, but we feel through partnerships we can deliver better and more, especially given that there is a global shortage of nurses that we experience in today’s world,” Mottley said.

Mottley said the arrival of Ross University students would give the island’s economy a much-needed boost.

“We’re probably starting off the year with the equivalent of 75,000 seven-day tourists,” she explained. “That is what Ross’ equivalent is to us.” she said.

Ross University operated in Dominica for 40 years before relocating to Barbados.

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