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RUSM to launch campus expansion projects

03/19/13

Ross University School of Medicine and Commonwealth of Dominica Sign Historic Partnership Agreement

MIRAMAR, Fla., March 18, 2013 – Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) today announced that it has renewed its partnership agreement with the Commonwealth of Dominica. The agreement paves the way for RUSM to move forward on implementing its campus master plan, including a new student center that will be the most prominent building on campus. The 47,500-square-foot student center will house a library, study space and other rooms for teaching and learning.

“We are very excited to have the Commonwealth’s support as we continue to enhance the School of Medicine’s campus and learning environment. The strong collaborative partnership we have with the people and government of Dominica is the essential ingredient that makes a project of this size and scope possible,” said William Hughson, president of DeVry Healthcare Group. RUSM is a part of DeVry, a global provider of educational services.

RUSM will also construct a new preparatory school and day care facility in the coming year. The new building will allow RUSM to accommodate the growing demand from faculty and students whose families are an integral part of the RUSM community. It is the School’s policy to engage local contractors for campus construction projects whenever possible.

Since its founding in 1978, RUSM has been a committed partner with the Dominican government and local business leaders. Each year the school makes charitable contributions to support national and local programs in education, health, culture, and sports, with particular attention to programs that improve opportunities for local youth. RUSM also provides two full scholarships annually to Dominican students who meet the university’s admissions criteria and wish to pursue a medical degree. Since 1996, RUSM has granted scholarships to 57 Dominicans, totaling $5 million.

RUSM employs more than 450 full-time valued colleagues on the campus, of which nearly 70 percent are local nationals. RUSM supports and encourages its employees to further their own educational goals by providing employees and their dependent spouses and children tuition benefits to complete courses at Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain College of Nursing, and DeVry University. Since 2005, 202 Dominicans have participated, with benefits totaling $7.2 million.

Dr. Joseph Flaherty, dean of the medical school, said, “Many of our students are looking forward to careers in underserved communities that have the greatest need for skilled physicians. The time they spend in Dominica working in the local health clinics helps instill in them a commitment to service and a strong sense of how to contribute meaningfully to the lives of others. These programs are an important part of RUSM’s educational mission.” The School also supports a wide array of community service initiatives that enable students and faculty to contribute to the health and well-being of the Dominican people.