Details released this week of the new St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine should please residents of the Cayman Islands.
The school will bring more than a 100 new students a year to live in the Cayman Islands, to spend money on goods and services without competing for jobs.
In addition, students of the veterinary school will remain here in Cayman for three years – one more year than the regular School of Medicine.
Combined with the growing recognition of St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in the medical community, the veterinary school will help enhance the reputation of the Cayman Islands from a tertiary education standpoint.
With a world-wide scarcity of veterinary universities, having a top-quality facility here can only add to the prestige of the Cayman Islands
The fact that the owners of St. Matthew’s have decided to go ahead with the project after Hurricane Ivan is a testament to their confidence in the country.
The road hasn’t been easy for the School of Medicine, which sustained severe damage to its residence hall and to portions of the university facilities itself.
But with some determination, some temporary shuffling of students off to Maine, and with a lot of patience, the School of Medicine has now reopened.
In September, the veterinary school will open the doors to its first class of students.
In these somewhat tumultuous post-Ivan times, it is rewarding to see organisations like St. Matthew’s University, confirm their commitments – and their confidence – in the Cayman Islands.
They are not alone.
While a few companies are jumping ship, many others are staying right here, looking forward to an even better Cayman Islands in the future.
In just the past several weeks, we’ve seen the launch of the Camana Bay development and the opening of the Black Pearl Skate and Surf Park.
Along South Sound Road there are at least four new residential developments going up, and there are many other projects in the works.
Though it might be hard to see past all the rooftop tarps still colouring the Cayman landscape, the long-term prospects of the country are very good indeed.