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UWI to launch Virtual Campus in July

For Release Upon Receipt - March 13, 2008

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies’ new Open Campus held its first Campus Council meeting on March 3rd, 2008, at the University Centre in St. Kitts & Nevis. The Open Campus seeks to bring a wide range of pre-University and professional enrichment courses and programmes to the whole region and offer a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, mainly through online delivery. It is expected to be officially launched in July 2008 at the upcoming Caricom Heads meeting in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Open Campus will inherit the resources of the School of Continuing Studies, the UWI Distance Education Centre and the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit, and will have a presence throughout the 15 countries that contribute to the University.

Sir Dwight Venner, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and Chairman of the Open Campus Council, who formally opened the meeting, stressed the tremendous opportunity that the Open Campus is poised to provide for the entire region and beyond. He noted that it would bring about a quantum leap in the service provided by the University to the underserved areas of the traditional campus countries (Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago) and to the twelve countries that do not have a campus of their own. The Council also recognised the contribution of Professor Lawrence Carrington, who oversaw the conceptualisation and planning that had resulted in the new Campus.