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from the Caribbean Agency for Accredita- up an Emergency Training Centre in 2007 “Investigation into the Infectious Diseases
tion of Medicine, a regional body that was to teach basic and advanced emergency life in Community Populations in Antigua” and
established roughly two years ago. support courses and develop the emergency “Constraints of Good Security in Antigua
resources in Antigua. AUA was recognized and Barbuda.” AUA students are involved
With a goal to make a positive difference
by the American Heart Association (AHA) in all stages, and the centre has received
in the lives of people, the AUA’s School of
in early 2008 as an independent interna- international recognition through the British
Nursing will officially open in September.
tional training centre. High Commission and at various pres-
This is part of a collaboration between City
entations at international conferences, in
University of New York and Lehman Col- Dr Bell notes that so far, over 1,000 AHA
addition to the World Health Organization
lege. certifications have been awarded to AUA
Special Programme for Research & Training
The programme is designed for students students and faculty, as well as Antiguan
in Tropical Disease.
interested in earning an Associate of Science healthcare providers.
in Nursing Degree from AUA, Dr Bell says. Dr Bell says, “The students like it in
In July, AUA organized and facilitated an
Graduates will be eligible to sit the National Antigua… the government and people of
emergency medicine training course on be-
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), Antigua are very supportive.”
half of Health Minister John Maginley, who
and upon passing, will have an option to Efforts are also being made to get the col-
wanted an eight-week diploma course to
continue at Lehman College for an addition- lege further internationally recognized as one
equip ambulance staff. Around 20 students
al two years and graduate with a Bachelor of the premier medical schools. AUA has
were trained, and Dr Bell says, “I hope we
of Science Degree in Nursing. “We are in aligned itself with Manipal University – a
will make a very big impact in everybody’s
no way in competition with the Antiguan world renowned institution with 13 profes-
life, by training even more emergency medi-
nursing school because we are catering for sional institutes offering a wide range of
cal technicians.”
different clients,” the dean was quick to add. study programmes. This includes Kasturba
AUA’s community work includes assisting Medical College, which consistently ranks
As a demonstration of its commitment to
with Lifeline, Breast Friends, Hero House, among the top five medical schools in India.
deliver quality education, AUA has begun
the HIV/AIDS Patient Support Group and
a US $64 M college complex at Coolidge Applicants have the option of taking basic
the School for the Blind. It has also estab-
Industrial Park, near Jabberwock Beach. sciences courses at either the AUA campus in
lished a Centre of focuses on tropical disease
With an estimated completion date of 2009, Antigua or the Kasturba International Cen-
research, education and training of students,
the new facility will encompass over 75,000 tre in Manipal. “Students are accepted into
the local population and administration,
square feet of classrooms, and a three-storey each school individually and both schools of-
along with international collaboration.
library. It will also include a learning centre, fer the same excellent academic programme
study rooms, student government and ad- The three-year-old facility, headed by Dr and exchange faculty from time to time,” Dr
ministrative and faculty offices. Olusegun Dipeolu, works in co-operation Bell explains.
with the government, and has conducted
Meanwhile, the university’s community
indepth research into areas including an Collin B Jno-Finn
outreach programme have included setting
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