UWI gears up for EDULINK Launch

Event Date(s): 22/05/2009

Edulink is an initiative that funds cooperative projects between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the 15 EU Member States that are signatories to the 9th European Development Fund (EDF). The Edulink project will officially launch on Friday 22nd May, 2009. 

Background- EDULINK

About this PROJECT

The project entails strengthening the capacity of the member universities in the area of financial sustainability through the design and implementation of a professional development programme on resource mobilisation and will involve all campuses of the UWI.The University of the West Indies (UWI) will spearhead this project along with other partners The University of Technology, Jamaica, The University of Mauritius, The University of Suriname, The University of Guyana, The University of Belize, The University of the South Pacific, and The University of Warwick. 


EDULINKs objectives:  

To foster capacity building and regional integration in higher education in ACP States and Regions-To promote higher education as a means of reducing poverty

To enable ACP states through their universities to achieve sustainable development objectives including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

To be internationally competitive by creating a highly skilled workforce and a strong research capacity

*The MDGs are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world's main development challenges. 


Project BENEFITS:       

Help to create a  shift from traditional sources of funding       

Enable revenue generation     

Deeper involvement of staff, through  training, to secure funding more effectively  

Builds capacity of academic and administrative staff in Departments and Faculties to undertake revenue generation successfully       

Training of graduate students        

Attracts additional resources to member ACP HEIs      

Facilitates capacity building in:Research Administration, Use of Technology, Managing Intellectual property    


OUTCOMES of Project:

Formulation of a Professional Development Programme in Resource Mobilization

Academic and administrative staff of all partner universities trained in revenue generation techniques in the following areas: philanthropy, grantsmanship, commercialization of research and business development

Trainers in all participating universities

Refined training content

Proposals for funding generated by each partner institution

Training of 70 academic and administrative staff of member HEIs

7 proposals directed for donor support

Publications on the project experience

Establishment of a Virtual Office  The Business Development Office and the Office of Research of The University of the West Indies will provide guidance and expertise and will manage the implementation of this project. 



For further information, please contact:


Business Development Office

Dr. David Rampersad


Tel: 868-645-2500


Project Coordinator

Ms. Joy Cooblal


Tel: 868-662-2002 Ext. 3551