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Caribbean Export supports The UWI at Going Global 2014

For Release Upon Receipt - March 25, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), the only regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific group (ACP), is sponsoring the participation of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at Going Global 2014, a higher education institutions’ (HEI) conference to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, USA from April 29- May 1, 2014.  

Attracting over 1000 delegates from across tertiary education sectors, Going Global is the annual flagship conference of the British Council which brings together HEI representatives from around the world to share best practices, network and strategies about the future of Higher Education.  The conference presents an ideal opportunity to showcase The UWI and the higher education system of the Caribbean to a highly relevant audience of international policymakers and HEIs, in collaboration with the British Council. 

Vice-Chancellor E. Nigel Harris has been invited by the British Council to serve on two panels: Strategic Partnerships and Inclusive Internationalisation. Harris will also be one of two panellists responsible for delivering the final wrap-up for the 3-day conference for leaders on international education.  In addition The UWI will host a breakfast meeting for selected stakeholders, based on The UWI’s strategic projects as a cursor to partnership building. Vice-Chancellor Harris notes that “UWI’s singular focus at Going Global is to position the University in the global landscape as an authority in small island state development and an ideal global partner. The UWI, as the largest university in the English-speaking Caribbean, and as one of just two regional (multi country) universities worldwide, is well placed to take advantage of regional and international partnerships to strengthen its mandate as an engine of development in teaching, research and public service”. 

“The UWI has long been recognised as a Global leader in educational services and an essential driver in the changing landscape of small island development states.  The UWI’s ability to offer this unique expertise in educational services to a wider global audience is testimony to the innovative leadership and vision of the university” commented Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director at Caribbean Export.  “The role of the services trade as a major contributor to the GDP of the Caribbean is unparalleled and it is manifestly evident that the UWI participation in this global forum reflects a deep understanding of the strategic importance of this sector in the economies of the region” 

Going Global 2014 takes place in Miami from April 29 to May 1, 2014. 


For further information, please contact the University Marketing and Communications Office at 868 663-9392 or email: 

About Caribbean Export

Caribbean Export is a regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) currently executing the Regional Private Sector Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union  under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF)  Caribbean Export’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean countries by providing quality export development and trade and investment promotion services through effective programme execution and strategic alliances.More information about Caribbean Export can be found at  Contact: JoEllen Laryea, PR and Communications, Caribbean Export Development Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999, Email:     

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 50,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding Higher Education Institute (HEI) in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.  

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

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