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Five Jamaican students secure medical scholarships to Cuba

Published:Friday | June 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Five Jamaican students will be pursuing medical degrees in Cuba under the Jamaica-Cuba Bilateral Agreement.

Osheen Bogue, Chantal Williams, Antoinette Fyffe, Maryln Perez and Jacques Heaven are the recipients of this year's full seven-year scholarships under the programme.

This year's recipients were chosen from more than 100 applicants following a rigorous selection process.

Julian Robinson, state minister for science, technology, energy and mining, speaking at the official presentation ceremony held at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, thanked the Cuban government for its continued commitment to assisting Jamaica even in these harsh economic times.

Speaking during the ceremony, Cuban Ambassador Guanchez Hernadez said: "Cuba is committed to continue providing help with developing medicine in all countries."

The ambassador noted that more than 10,000 students are currently studying medicine in Cuba from in excess of 70 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.

180 JAMAICAN STUDENTS IN CUBA

In the case of Jamaica, more than 180 students are currently living in Cuba. Just over 100 of these students are on scholarships with the majority pursuing degrees in medicine.

Bogue said the scholarship would assist in advancing the dream of becoming a medical doctor for each of the recipients. She noted that she was ready to take the opportunity so she could contribute to Jamaica after completing her degree.

The scholarship covers tuition, meals, study materials, boarding and medical care along with a small stipend for the students who depart for Cuba in September.

- Rosheika Grant