Vieux-Fort to be designated as a University Town

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Vieux-Fort to be designated as a University Town
Spartan Health Science University, Vieux-Fort
Spartan Health Science University, Vieux-Fort

The government of Saint Lucia is seeking to further edu-business sector through the designation of Vieux-Fort as a “University Town.”

The government’s thrust to the edu-business sector comes amidst efforts at exploring non-traditional areas of economic growth for business development.

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Dr. Kenny D Anthony, stated that with the increased globalization of higher education there are substantial economic benefits.

“Many countries both regionally and internationally have ‘exported’ education services by facilitating the development of offshore campuses. The economic benefits to edu-business are clear: they attract students who may not have otherwise attended these institutions at home. The benefits for the host country are also obvious: students spend significant amounts in accommodation, food, entertainment and other services,” he said.

In an effort to develop this investment the government has designated Saint Lucia’s second town, Vieux-Fort, as “University Town”.

“Cognisant of the benefits of offshore universities and to position Saint Lucia to benefit from these opportunities, government will first establish an appropriate regulatory framework for the sector. This will include, inter alia, provisions for accreditation. The proposed legislation will include provisions to establish a National Accreditation Council of Saint Lucia, which will be responsible for the evaluation, accreditation and re-accreditation of all external tertiary level institutions and programmes.”

The ultimate aim of these reforms is to increase the number of offshore medical students and government intends to work through Invest Saint Lucia, with existing medical schools, to increase the size of the campuses and expand enrollment.

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  1. this is a welcome move . its time the government start doing something about developing Vieuxfort .the place has so to offer . Good move there should be more

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  2. Now we're talking, but what about Polytechnics? Technical schools are lacking on Island and the OECS for that matter...and remember you said that 60% have no official technical skills?

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  3. I always use to say they should really try to develop the south of the island; it has so much potential and all they're doing is congesting Castries/Gros Islet. Hope they continue to develop it more.

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  4. This is brilliant! I wish we could get a full UWI campus down there as well....but this may take a while. Nonetheless, I am very impressed with the government's decision.

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