Wednesday, September 12, 2007

100 medical students among batch heading to Cuba

Stabroek News

Wednesday, September 12th 2007

More than 150 students will be heading to Cuba this year to pursue studies for the academic year 2007/2008 under the Guyana/Cuba special scholarship programme.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon on Saturday, at a special press conference at the RCA Channel 8 television station in Region 2, made this announcement. The Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Luncheon as saying 100 students will pursue studies in the medical field, 25 in engineering and 24 in agricultural science. An additional six students will join them under the Caricom/Cuba agreement.

The Office of the President will host an orientation exercise for the awardees and their parents, government officials and representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba.

The Embassy is expected to "engage in an attempt to brief the students and their parents on the realities in Cuba as they get ready to face this important phase in their life."

Under the scholarship programme, students are given a stipend of Cdn$50 per month, while the Cuban government provides free tuition, meals and accommodation. An officer, who is employed by the Government of Guyana, will attend to the students' needs while they are in Cuba.

GINA said the scholarship programme was secured during President Bharrat Jagdeo's visit to that country under a Guyana/Cuba Joint Commission. The first batch of 117 students began their studies in Cuba one year later. The programme is being administered locally by the Office of the President and the Public Service Ministry.

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