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UWI wins second EU funded Mobility Scheme

For Release Upon Receipt - December 17, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is pleased to announce its second successful application to manage the Caribbean-Pacific Islands Mobility Scheme (CARPIMS). The grant secured for CARPIMS II, funded under the European Union’s Intra ACP Mobility Scheme, follows the University’s commendable management of the grant in 2011. CARPIMS is designed to facilitate the movement of Masters and PhD students and staff between a consortium of Universities from the Caribbean and Pacific regions. The UWI will once again serve as coordinator for the project.

The proposal submitted by The UWI for CARPIMS II was one of six approved for funding by the EU from a total of 25 applicants. In its capacity as consortium leader, The UWI was recognized for presenting clear needs and constraints assessments coming out of the previous implementation which will assist in improving the management of CARPIMS II. Further, the vast diversity of the consortium was noted as valuable in terms of capacity to appeal to the target groups; The UWI and the University of the South Pacific were particularly recognized in this respect given their wide regional scope in the Caribbean and the Pacific respectively.  

Under CARPIMS II, 88 mobility scholarships will be awarded. The scholarships will cover all expenses (tuition, monthly stipend, health insurance, travel, etc.) for full Masters programmes (up to 22 months), up to 10 months of Doctoral research (applicants must already be enrolled in a Doctoral programme) and one month for staff exchanges. Applications for CARPIMS II open on December 17, 2012.

The main objective of the scheme is the building of research and teaching capacities of each participating institution through strategic collaboration. Together with The UWI, The University of Porto will continue on as an invaluable technical partner with significant experience in managing EU Mobility schemes. The Association of Caribbean Universities (UNICA) will also again sign on as an Associate Partner.  The other consortium member institutions include

  1. Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo
  2. National University of Samoa
  3. Papua New Guinea University of Technology
  4. Universidade da Paz Timor Leste
  5. Universidade Nacional de Timor Leste
  6. Universite D’Etat D’Haiti
  7. University of Belize
  8. University of Guyana
  9. University of Papua New Guinea
  10. University of the South Pacific

The CARPIMS II project is managed by the Office of Institutional Advancement and Internationalisation at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus. Director of the unit, Mr. Sharan Chandradath Singh noted that for this second strand of the project, the University’s focus will be on “enhancing the sustainability of the project beyond the life of the EU funding.”    

For more information and for assistance with applying, please contact CARPIMS Coordinators: Bianca Beddoe or Miguel Dindial at Tel: 868-662-2002 ext 84464 or 868-224-3708; Email: or visit


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with 45 physical site locations across the region, serving 16 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Food & Agriculture, and Social Sciences.  

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)