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    Caribbean Universities in Crisis

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    Caribbean Universities in Crisis

    Senior university leaders in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and elsewhere in the Caribbean discuss the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which destroyed buildings and displaced students.

    By Elizabeth Redden // September 29, 2017

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    Caribbean Medical Schools

    The Caribbean islands are also home to a number of for-profit medical schools that largely teach American and Canadian students. Some of those campuses have also sustained damage and evacuated their students.

    Ross University School of Medicine, which is located in storm-ravaged Dominica and owned by the U.S.-based for-profit education company Adtalem Global Education (formerly DeVry), reported Tuesday that it had completed evacuating all of its students who were on Dominica at the time Hurricane Maria hit. The university’s dean and chancellor, William F. Owen Jr., said in a message that Ross is working on a plan to resume its basic science program -- which comprises the first two preclinical years of medical education -- in an alternative location, to be determined (clinical training occurs at U.S. hospitals and has not been disrupted).

    Owen said in a message on Ross’s website Wednesday that “in considering new potential sites of instruction, we are focused on identifying a location that will be conducive to intensive medical study; meet the rigorous academic expectations of our accreditors; support continued access to federal student loans; and nicely balance study and recreation.”

    “We expect to communicate a decision soon from our list of options for a locale. There will be no classes for the next two weeks, so recuperate, refuel and bond with your loved ones,” Owen told students.

    Another Adtalem-owned medical school, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, in St. Maarten, announced after Hurricane Irma hit the island that it would hold its fall semester classes at a location in the United Kingdom. The medical school initially announced plans to start classes at the U.K. location Sept. 29 -- today -- but in a statement Thursday Adtalem said the school is still "finalizing details" for the temporary relocation.

    "AUC is working to secure all regulatory approvals to do so, and working to finalize an agreement with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to utilize UCLan’s teaching facilities and student support services. We are so pleased to partner with UCLan in this effort and we greatly appreciate their hospitality and assistance. While these final arrangements and approvals are still pending, AUC students have begun arriving in Preston to prepare for the planned start of classes," the statement said.

    Another Caribbean medical school, All Saints University, in Dominica, said in a message on its website that “evacuation of students is on course’ and that lectures for students from Dominica would resume Oct. 2 at the university’s other campus in in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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    If you would like to make a donation to help with the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and/or Maria, please consider one of the charities listed at Charity Navigator.
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    wHAT CRISIS WHAT?

    THESE GUYS WILL JUST FIND OTHER CASH STRAPPED ISLANDS LED BY GREEDY CORRUPT POLITICIANS WHO WILL SEE LONG TERM TOURISTS AND A SOURCE OF UNDER THE TABLE FEES AND FEE FOR WORK PERMITS

    I CAN JUST SEE THEM RUSHING TO BIMSHIRE NOW

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    CLASSES WERE/WILL BE CANCELLED FOR A FEW WEEKS, AND NORMAL SERVICES WILL BE RESUMED ELSEWHERE
    wHAT CRISIS WHAT?

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