The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015
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There are currently four international medical schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, namely: The Trinity School of Medicine, All Saints Medical School, the American University of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. James Medical School. As at September 2015, there were 1,000 students enrolled, almost all of them being from overseas. And, the numbers are growing!
The ULP administration is responsible for bringing these four medical schools to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, having boldly and sensibly rejected the unreasonable demands of the pre-existing Kingstown Medical College (student enrolment or 250 for clinical studies only) in 2007 in the negotiations for extending their arrangements.
These medical students (and their families and friends who visit) spend significant sums of money in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to rent accommodation, to buy food, and to pay for transportation, entertainment and incidentals. This is a multi-million dollar industry with huge potential.
In a similar vein, the ULP government, through the SVG Community College, has signed an agreement with the government of Ecuador to teach Ecuadorian teachers the English language. This is another vital niche for educational tourism which the ULP government intends to expand.
The imminent opening of the Medical Complex at Georgetown and the construction and operation of three Polyclinics (Stubbs, Mespo, Buccament) will, in conjunction with the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the proposed Acute Referral Hospital at Arnos Vale will provide additional medical facilities for training of medical (and nursing students).
Educational tourism is an area of economic activity which the ULP government will push even more assuredly in its fourth term.