Barbados’ first Offshore Medical School, the American University of Barbados (AUB), School of Medicine, is one step closer to its ultimate goal, which is to develop a modern school of medicine that is second to none in the Caribbean.
Founder and CEO of the AUB, Dr. Gary Brar, made these comments when the University opened its new campus at Lands Down, Silver Sands, Christ Church.
The AUB, which was first opened in February 2012, was temporarily located at Wildey Estates in St. Michael. With its increasing student complement, originating from the Caribbean, USA, Canada, Africa and other countries, the AUB was forced to expand its operations, thus taking the decision to relocate to a larger facility that would comfortably accommodate its growing admissions list. The new facility in Christ Church now boasts on-site student accommodation, spacious classrooms and offices, up-to-date laboratories, libraries, student lounges and other amenities.
Dr. Brar conveyed sincere thanks to the Prime Minister and Government of Barbados, as well as the nation’s citizens, for allowing him the opportunity to establish a University of this nature. He noted that the institution would also significantly contribute to the development of education for the people of Barbados.
Barbados’ Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Hon. Ronald Jones and Minister of Health, the Hon. John Boyce gave remarks and delivered the keynote address respectively, at the ceremony. They both lauded the initiative and success of the AUB and commended Dr. Brar for his conscientiousness in getting the University to this point.
Minister Boyce noted that such an initiative added another boost to Barbados’ medical tourism product; while Minister Jones expressed his desire to see the institution grow. After the Ceremony, attendees were given an extensive tour of the spacious grounds and modern facilities.
The AUB is an associate concern of Era’s Lucknow Medical College, widely regarded as the premier Medical College in Lucknow, India. AUB also maintains several relationships with hospitals in the United States of America, where its students may complete their clinical rotations.