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Another medical school is set to make Antigua its home from September.
Atlantic University School of Medicine will commence classes from September 7th in Antigua.
St. Lucia was previously the home for the school which has a student population of one hundred and twenty and expecting a larger enrollment for its January semester.
The university will set up operations at the old City View Hotel on Newgate Street.
The hotel has been closed for almost two years.
Paul Leone, Programme Director at the university, expressed gratitude to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda for making the transition seamless.
He says, “All the relevant arms of government were very proactive in ensuring that we are in this position today; from our initial interaction with Prime Minister Gaston Browne to the great efficiency shown by the Attorney General and the Ministers of Health and Education, have enabled our readiness.”
Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the arrival of the medical school is confirmation that his government is serious about attracting new partners.
He says, “like we have seen with other medical schools based here; the environment that we have created, the comfort and amenities that we possess, meaning that students from around the world are attracted to our shores to continue their education. We are aware of the great economic impact that medical schools have on our economy and, in that regard, we are very keen to welcome the Atlantic University School of Medicine here in Antigua”.
Students from North America, Canada, India, United Kingdom, Nigeria, and as far away as South Korea has an interest in the school.
Students are expected to begin arriving on the island about August 20.