Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, August 10th, 2022 – July 28th, 2022, saw the momentous formalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Hamilton University School of Medicine (HUSM) and the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The celebratory event took place in Providenciales at the office of the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency and underscored the Government’s support and commitment to the project per the National Investment Policy. The MOU permits the Government and HUSM to discuss the next steps in implementing an agreement and moving forward with the project.
Present for the event was Honourable E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment & Trade, and one of the Founders of HUSM, Dr. Dawn Perry-Ewing. Also present and witnessing the ceremonial signing were the CEO of Invest TCI, Angela Musgrove, Legal Officer, Judith Garland, Investment Services Executive, Sheryl McLaughlin, Attorney for HUSM, Yvette Marcelin of Twa, Marcelin, Wolf Attorneys at Law, and Anthony Walkin of Conservative Architect, architect for the project.
“We are honoured to have signed this MOU and look forward to collaborating with Hamilton University School of Medicine to make this project a reality. This MOU will allow us to undertake activities that support and contribute to the development of human capital through education and training for the people of the TCI. HUSM is a domestic investment, and we are excited about the big ideas and achievements for HUSM that will emerge from the signing of this MOU”, commented Honourable E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment & Trade.
The vision of former Premier of the TCI, Honourable Dr. Rufus Ewing and Dr. Dawn Perry-Ewing, Hamilton University School of Medicine is a proposed medical university to be located in Grace Bay, Providenciales. The establishment of this university will advance opportunities for higher education in the health sciences in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The organization’s key pillars also include a focus on global health initiatives to enable social transformation through research and the improvement of health equity and access to care. The structure comprises a 5-storey building, and the medical complex will encompass approximately 45,000 square feet, inclusive of a University Medical Clinic that will house specialist clinics serving both the educational needs of the students as well as the evolving health care needs of the local community.
The HUSM’s main campus will accommodate students for their first two years of pre-clinical training and students will thereafter complete their clinical years of training in teaching hospitals in the US, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean.
The university’s design will incorporate state-of-the-art learning technologies, an accredited curriculum and a practice-based approach to learning in order to provide students with the key foundational knowledge required for future success.
Construction is proposed to begin in 2023.