Xavier University School of Medicine is excited to announce that construction on phase two of the Aruba campus will begin on January 9, 2023. Phase two of Xavier’s campus transformation will see the creation of a new academic area of campus. The total cost of the new academic block is projected to be $70 million.

In addition, President Bhooplapur has announced that the school has secured funding of $46.5 million dollars that has been signed and executed today with a consortium of financial institutions.

“We are very excited to secure funding and begin construction on our new academic campus,” said Ravishankar Bhooplapur, President of Xavier University School of Medicine. “Xavier’s new academic campus, combined with our new residential campus that opened in September of 2021, will become not only one of the best medical school facilities in the Caribbean, but one of the best in the world.”

Set to open for the Fall 2024 semester, construction on the new academic campus will last for approximately 18 months. This new academic area of campus will include a theater-style auditorium, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, research facilities, seminar rooms, a new library, study areas for individuals, small groups, and large groups, student lounges, and a walk-in clinic.

This new academic building will continue to attract some of the best and brightest students to medical school in Aruba, continuing the tradition of success Xavier University School of Medicine has had in preparing students for successful careers in the medical field. As the most affordable fully-accredited and New York State approved medical school in the Caribbean, Xavier tries to make this quality education available at an affordable price, offering numerous scholarships and financial aid options for the full cost of attendance.

“I would like to add a special thank you to the Aruba government, especially Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes and Minister for Education and Sport Endy Croes, Minister of Tourism and Public Health Danguillaume Pierino Oduber, the team of Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital, all of our local partners who will oversee and complete this construction project, and the great people of Aruba for their continued support,” said President Ravishankar Bhooplapur. “We truly are proud to be a part of this great community, and we know how much it means to the great people of Aruba to play such an important role in the development of future successful doctors.”

“I would also like to sincerely thank Chancellor Dr. J.G. Bhat, Chairman Edwin Casey, Trustee Frank Croes in Aruba, Trustee Dr. P.K. Prahalad, Trustee Dr. Ravindra Kota, the rest of the Board of Trustees, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Arun Dubey and the faculty, and Vice President of Finance and Operations Dan Moses and the administration who help provide a quality medical education at an affordable cost as well as all of the very successful Xavier alumni around the world; without all of these people, we would not be able to complete this project,” added President Ravishankar Bhooplapur. “We all truly take pride in providing all the tools necessary to our students for them to become successful doctors in the future, and this academic campus will become another significant way that Xavier provides outstanding support for its students.”