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Medical students claim their rights
WILLEMSTAD — St. Martinus University could not count on much sympathy from the judge yesterday afternoon. Twelve
students instituted proceedings yesterday afternoon against the university – which was forced to close down due to
financial problems earlier this month – and may count on winning their case.

The official verdict will be ready tomorrow, but the judge already announced that the St. Martinus University (SMU) would
have to accede with all the students’ requests.
With the exception of attending colleges even though, the students indeed have that right, ‘as such was superseded by
the facts’, judge Joost Veerman concluded at the end of the session. The obtained points should be made available
immediately, as well as the official transcripts, which the physicians under training require in order to approach another
university to complete their study.
Seven students stated yesterday that they had obtained their bachelor’s degree, at least complied with the requirements.
"Their degree should be granted under the condition that they actually qualify for such."
The students which still have to take exams on the last semester, should be given this opportunity coming Monday, and
"the results should be made available during the morning of August 27th so that the students can register with another
university that same day". That date was put forward as the ultimate registration date. There are medical trainings on
many of the islands in the region. Most of the students prefer Aruba or St. Kitts.
Arend de Winter, the attorney-at-law of St. Martinus University forwarded in his defense, as outlined in a letter to the
students’ lawyer, that he required more time to formalize and issue the study results. The present teacher and dean
Clinical Sciences Harold Schiff contradicted this and stated that the issuance of the study results is a matter of maximum
two or three days.
The problem is that the administration as well as the teachers have not received any salary since months and are
therefore less willing to cooperate.
Discussions with John ********* – who manages the training – have not led to anything more than that ‘a (financial)
solution is near at hand’. The lawyer repeated that SMU is doing its utmost in the interest of the students. The judge even
suggested an arrangement, but there was no one present on behalf of the university except for the lawyer. "They will now
pay for it", the judge determined.
Judge Veerman recognized the dependency of the cooperation of the staff: "I can only state in this matter that I hope the
teachers will comply with the verdict." If they do not, then this is primarily a responsibility of the St. Martinus University.
For that matter, in that connection the SMU can count on a considerable penalty in tomorrow’s verdict.
Insecure future
It seems that the St. Martinus University is facing an insecure future. As of the beginning of the training until the closing
down, the university barely succeeded in attracting less than 100 students, and this appeared insufficient to survive. After
all, in addition to the administration, the institute also required ten to twelve teachers for the various courses.
SMU has encountered financial problems from the start. In April last year, it seemed that a new shareholder, Maple Leaf
Fund of Henry Chau, would be the solution, but committee-chairman and director Chau left at the end of April this year
and blamed ********* that he wanted absolute control of the training. According to *********’s lawyer Arend de Winter,
Chau did a moonlight flit and ********* has been busy with ‘making the most of a hopeless situation’ ever since. Apart
from having the electricity and water reconnected, nothing else happened after 3˝ months.
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Other students
Formally, twelve students instituted the proceedings against the St. Martinus University yesterday. Those twelve students
represent all study years. Another twenty or so victims attended the session from the gallery. The verdict does not
automatically apply for the latter. The judge stated that only the requests of the formal claimants would be granted. The
students and their lawyer Paul van de Laarschot are counting on SMU now to deal with the matters correctly for all
The students are from all quarters of the world – from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and India. "Valuable
assets", is what their lawyer says the supposed reason is that ********* is slow with the handing over of the results.
"Forcing forty students to follow a new semester immediately yields 320,000 dollars on tuition and fees."

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