AUB on road to accreditation

AUB on road to accreditation
19 Apr
2017

Education Minister Ronald Jones is giving his full support to one of the medical schools on the island.

And he says the American University of Barbados is en-route to being fully accredited.

Mr. Jones was speaking to the media just before a tour of the tertiary institution at Wildey Wednesday afternoon.

The minister has every confidence in the American University of Barbados School of Medicine and he's very impressed with the quality of education being offered.

He says while some may see it as an offshore facility, it is a Barbadian institution.

There has been talk about whether the school has been accredited.

Minister Jones says the process can only fully start once the original cohort of students graduates, which is set for September/October this year.

While the AUB is fully registered by the Barbados Accreditation Council, it's accreditation must come through the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for education in medicine and other health professions.

With three new medical schools set to open in September, the education minister says a committee will be established to monitor such tertiary institutions.

The university currently has 225 students, and 150 of them are on clinical rotation in the US and elsewhere.

Assistant Dean Dr. Vishal Saxena revealed they're using the latest technology in the classroom.

The university officially purchased the former BET complex at Wildey on December 1st 2016.

There are plans for further expansion with the construction of an onsite 200 -bed facility and halls of residence.

The university is aiming to attract two thousand students worldwide over the next five years.