Education in the Caribbean

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  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member


    10. St. Lucia
    9. Jamaica
    8. Dominica
    7. The Bahamas
    6. Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
    5. Grenada
    4. Saint Kitts & Nevis
    3. Trinidad & Tobago
    2. Barbados
    1. Cuba

    I don't know the credibility of the information. Hence, I won't give much weight to the list.

    That said, she praised Saint James School of Medicine and St. George's University. In addition, I am proud that Jamaica is home to the #1 university in the Caribbean, the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus). This is undisputed regardless of the source. :D
  2. Garp

    Garp Well-Known Member

    Yes. Is it recognized by UWI is a standard some Foreign Credential Evaluators use when looking at degrees "accredited" by the Dept of Education of small islands with little higher ed structure. They see UWI as credible and trustworthy in their analysis.

    I have seen advertisements for St. James and some of their success stories. They are lower in cost than many Caribbean med schools. Of course in the area, St. George's and Ross dominate. These medical schools are a bit of an uphill battle for US students but for those who persevere and have the skill set it does offer an opportunity to become a doctor.
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  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    The highly successful Ross University School of Medicine has an interesting story. It was founded by an entrepreneur, Robert Ross, who was not an MD. He sold the school he founded, in 2003, to DeVry, for $310 million. It is now owned by Adtalem Corp. Mr. Ross then established another Medical school, Medical University of Health Sciences, on St. Kitts in 2007. He died in 2011, at the age of 92.

    As I mentioned, Dr. Ross did not hold an MD degree. He did, however, become "Dr. Ross." He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.

    His New York Times obituary is here. A dynamic, enterprising and humane man.
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  4. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    A large number (majority?) of Caribbean jurisdictions have signed on to make the University of the West Indies the de facto law school for all of them. The school offers the sole professional practice certificate program for the region and UWI LL.B. graduates are entitled to admission. (The program will accept LL.B. graduates from other Caribbean common law schools on a space available basis. )

    Now this could be a JSD dissertation topic I think. All of these countries are sovereign to a greater or lesser extent (except the British Overseas Territories I suppose) but their respective Bars and therefore their Judges as well will have received a common legal education and studied together. To what extent will their legal systems inevitably converge?
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Not just Caribbean schools. The Legal Education Certificate takes two years if you only have an LLB, but just six months if you've been admitted to the bar in any common law jurisdiction (including the US).

    More than you'd think. there's now a common court of final appeal (the CCJ), and it's common for magistrates in a country to come from other countries, to minimize politicization of the bench. The most recent magistrate appointed in Dominica is Guyanese, for example.
  6. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

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