Of course, these scholarships are not really free – the Cubans provide the tuition but the students have to pay their way to the Caribbean and cover most of their living expenses while studying.
One of the Pacific nations to take up the offer is the Solomon Islands, a former British protectorate of about 500,000 inhabitants that has already sent 25 of its best and brightest to study medicine in Cuba.
Now comes news that another 25 students from the Solomon Island are headed to Havana.
And guess who is paying their air fares? Iran. All very curious.