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New School of Nursing set to open up in Jamaica

MANDEVILLE, Jamaica – The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing, will open its doors to students on August 10.

This new facility has been made possible by a $142 million donation in September 2007, by Chairman of the National Commercial Bank (NCB), Michael Lee Chin, and a further $105 million in February 2008. The school is named in honour of Mr. Chin’s mother.

The new building will boast state-of-the-art facilities and is expected to accommodate some 800 nursing students, up from the 400, who are currently accommodated in the Department of Nursing at NCU.

Vice President of Planning and Retention at the institution, Dr. Daniel Fider, told JIS News that when the school is up and running, both students and instructors would benefit from modern equipment.

“It will be a special nursing school; the five modern labs that we will have there will allow for little human intervention. They are equipped with document cameras and any topics that an instructor touches on, a student can immediately go on the wireless internet system and do his or her research. This will save a lot of time and really enhance teaching in an efficient way,” Dr. Fider said.

Prior to the start of the new academic year, 20 freshmen will be awarded the NCB Foundation/NCU Inaugural Scholarships, valued at US$3,500 each.

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