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Rakish Suragh, Cuban Scholarship Awardee signs Code of Conduct Agreement at the Official Presentation of Scholarship Ceremony held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Cuban Embassy. Also seen in the photo are: Inez Fors Fernandez, Cuban Ambassador (left) and Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (right).


Seven Jamaican Medical students are beneficiaries of the Jamaica-Cuba Bilateral Medical Scholarship programme for the academic year 2018-2019. The scholarships were awarded on Thursday, May 31 at a ceremony at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Kingston.

Alexandra Grant, Rakish Suragh, Anthony Clive Wilson, Travis Samuels and Alesha Smith were presented with full scholarships to pursue medical studies in Cuba for a period of six years. Two other awardees will receive awards for post graduate studies. The awardees were selected from over well qualified 100 applicants, demonstrating special financial needs in addition to a sincere commitment to community service and a proven track record of volunteerism.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade thanked the Government of Cuba for its valuable contribution to the health care sector in Jamaica. In extending best wishes to the recipients, she reminded them “As you prepare to embark on this new and exciting chapter in your life’s journey, always remember that you are ambassadors for your country.”

Inez Fors Fernandez, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba emphasized that the programme is an “essential pillar of the Cuban government” and assured the recipients of a rewarding experience in Cuba. “You will be trained not only as good professionals, but as professionals with a humane and social sense of medicine and with a greater commitment to your surroundings,” she stated.

To date, under the Scholarship Program of the Government of Cuba; one hundred and eighteen (118) Jamaican students have graduated from specialties in the Medical Sciences. In 2017, six hundred and forty (640) Jamaicans graduated in Cuba in different areas. Both countries recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their cooperation in the field of Education.