Trinidad and Tobago nationals Marie Siewnarinesingh, Sophia Ali, Neil-Ann McMillan, Randel Hamilton and Anand Hanuman have been awarded scholarships to study medicine in Cuba courtesy the Cuban government and people.
Hanuman will be studying undergraduate health technology clinical bioanalysis.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia urged the scholars to strive to be “worthy ambassadors of Trinidad and Tobago” while delivering the feature address at yesterday's Cuban Scholarship 2017 signing ceremony at the Ministry of Education, St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.
Among those present were Dr Gaynelle Holdip, manager Scholarships and Advanced Training Division, and Cuban Ambassador Guillermo Vasquez Moreno.
“The government and people of Cuba will pay accommodation and tuition,” said Holdip. “We will pay for their flight to go and return, US$200 per month stipend to help them. They underwent psychological preparation to be away from their families for the next five to seven years.”
Garcia paid kudos to the students who had excelled in a competitive field and “aced” a rigorous selection process.
“Medicine is a competitive field. Hundreds of applications, but not all people will be offered the opportunity,” said the minister. “You will be in a position to be flag-bearers. Carry the flag and have it flown high and with pride. Set your goals.”