Government continues to invest heavily in Human Resource Development

Roseau, Dominica – June 29, 2010……… The Government of Dominica is continuing to provide financial assistance to students studying at the Business Training Centre (BTC).

In academic year 2008-2009, Government spent $315,039.00 to assist two hundred and fourteen (214) students studying at the Business Training Centre.

For the academic year 2009-2010, Government made a payment of $100,000 to BTC in December, 2009. Government has given a commitment to pay an additional sum of $209,518.00 to assist two hundred and sixty (260) students at the institution.

The Government of Dominica continues to invest heavily in human resource development. A significant number of Dominican students were assisted financially to pursue studies at the University of the Southern Caribbean, University of Northern Caribbean, Midwestern State University, Dominica State College, Munroe College, Grambling State University, Devry and RDI during fiscal year 2009/2010.

There are also many Dominican students studying in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere as a result of financial assistance from the Government of Dominica.

In the 2009/2010 fiscal year, a number of Dominicans were awarded scholarships to study in China, Cuba, Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, Ross University School of Medicine and All Saints University.

In addition there are also the National Performance Awards, Island Scholar, a Scholarship for the National Queen, OAS Scholarships, the Commonwealth UK (graduate) Scholarship, F.O.C Harris (Law), Francophone.

A number of Dominicans also pursue short training courses for periods of two to six weeks in India, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

Recognising the lack of qualified persons in Land Surveying, five scholarships were offered in Land Surveying and Geomatics in the 2009/2010 fiscal year.  As a result there are three (3) students at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and two at the University of Technology in Jamaica pursuing studies in these areas.

The Government of Dominica will continue to invest heavily in the education of Dominicans because human resource development is at the very core of its national development strategy.

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