A total of 26 Jamaican students have been awarded scholarships to study at universities in Cuba, through the 2009-2010 Cuban Scholarship Program. The scholarship awards, which were presented by Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Gisela García Rivera, will enable the students to pursue studies in the fields of medicine, architecture, pharmacy, physical education and sports, and humanities.
The students all expressed their delight and gratitude for the award. Jodi-Ann Jones, who will study medicine, said, “I felt very grateful for the opportunity because without it I don’t know how I would have been able to study medicine, because it is a lot of money, so I’m very thankful and looking forward to going to Cuba and doing my best and making everyone proud.”
Head of the Cuba/Jamaica Collaboration Unit, Jorge Crespo, informed that since 2005, the Cuban Embassy has received 1,002 applications for scholarships from Jamaican students. “We have processed 824 applications from Jamaican applicants and we have awarded 253 scholarships,” he informed. He added that the selection process was difficult and that they “would really like to have the capacity to give more scholarships to all those candidates meeting the requirement but to date it is not possible.”
Since 1961, about 50,000 students from 129 countries have graduated from Cuban universities, with more than 26,000 of these students completing higher level courses. Currently, at least 50,000 students from 121 countries are studying in Cuba.
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