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Medical Students now on board floating university



GNV-Excellent-1Basseterre, St. Kitts, 21st October, 2017 ( - Over 1,000 medical students from the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica are now on board the GNV Excellent now docked at Port Zante.


The med students will continue their education in St. Kitts, temporarily, as a result of the devastation caused when category 5 Hurricane Maria passed over Dominica.


Earlier, Adtalem Global Education, Inc., met with the Cabinet to finalize the preparations for the temporary relocation to St. Kitts and Nevis of the Ross University School of Medicine from Dominica.


According to the latest Post Cabinet Briefing, Carey James, Associate Dean of Operations, Analysis, and Admissions, and Veron Lake, Director of Civic Affairs and Security Projects, discussed the temporary relocation of the Ross University School of Medicine aboard the vessel GNV Excellent, which will serve as a floating campus and be stationed in the waters of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis up until mid-January 2018.


The Cabinet Briefing also indicated that the team “satisfactorily” answered questions put before them by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Chief Medical Officer regarding health protocols that are to be instituted.


The school’s accreditation matters were also discussed with the Ministry of Education, the Post Cabinet Briefing disclosed.


Several other agencies were involved in the successful arrangement for the ship’s operation as a floating campus. These included the St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority, the Customs & Excise Department and Solid Waste Management Corporation.


Some students, staff and faculty will be stationed at land-based accommodations, including children who are part of some families.


Students and faculty mostly arrived in the federation onboard several charter flights out of Miami on Wednesday night.



Students boarding their floating university, their classrooms and housing into mid-January. (Photos courtesy SKNIS)

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