Thirteen aspiring medical students head to Cuba Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 00:00

Students who are leaving Belize to pursue their education in Cuba were hosted by the Embassy of Cuba on Friday, August 25, 2017 for a farewell event. Of over 70 applicants, a lucky 13 were chosen to be a part of the Cuba-CARICOM program. Through this initiative, students from sister nations are given the opportunity to receive scholarships to attend school in Cuba. Presently, there are 60 Belizeans benefitting from the program.

The students, who were chosen by a panel of the Education and the Foreign Affairs and Health ministries, and by representatives of the Embassy of Cuba, will pursue degrees in dentistry, medicine, and even health technologies. Her Excellency Lissette Perez, Ambassador to Cuba, was insistent that the students not only use the opportunity to develop their careers but also to develop their values. At Escuela Latina Americana de Medicina, the students are to gain a well-rounded education which they’ll be expected to put to good use when they return to Belize after their periods of studying.

The students left on Sunday, August 27, 2017 and some of them, like those pursuing dentistry and hygiene and epidemiology, will be there for at least 5 years.