(ZIZ News) – Windsor University School of Medicine has officially started the process of establishing a Learning Resource Center, Small Group Discussion Room and Simulation Lab.
On Friday, the University held a ground breaking ceremony at its Brighton’s Estate Campus where the new building will be placed.
The new complex will have the latest in medical equipment, teaching materials, advanced computer software, books and journals.
The proposed infrastructure, will, according to President of the university, Dr. B.K. Gupta, house a state of the art simulation lab, new library complex and research area.
He said, “We are here to turn fresh soil to pave the way for a state of art resources center, assimilated medical lab and conference rooms, offices for faculty and staff. It is our intention, in this ongoing changing world, to keep abreast with technological advancement to remain poised to take on daily challenges and keep pace with our global competitors.”
Among guests present was Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris who, in addressing the gathering, commended the university for its contribution to the economy and extended congratulations on the recent undertakings.
“Schools such as Windsor University contribute significantly to the social and economic development of the Federation,” Dr. Harris noted.
“A few years ago, it was estimated that institutions such as Windsor contributed as much as 12 percent of the GDP of St. Kitts and Nevis. Extending congratulations to Windsor and to say my government, by the presence of three ministers and other senior officials, recognizes the important contribution that Windsor has made and Windsor will make in the future,” he added.
Also present at the ceremony were Hon. Eugene Hamiliton, Parliamentary Representative for Constituency #8; and Hon. Wendy Phipps, Minister of State responsible for Health.
The US$5 million project will, according to Dr. Gupta, improve the provision of quality medical education on the island.
Windsor University started in St. Kitts in 2000 with 12 students. Today, the university has a student population of approximately 1000.