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Education for Free or for Fee?

For Release Upon Receipt - March 2, 2010

St. Augustine

Education for Free or for Fee? This will be one of the several topics up for discussion when the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT St. Augustine) hosts a seminar on “Sustainable Funding of Higher Education in Challenging Times” this Thursday, March 4th, 2010 from 8.30am to 5.30pm at Daaga Hall Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine Campus. All stakeholders in higher education are invited.

According to WIGUT President, Dr Godfrey Steele, the WIGUT seminar will feature six panels exploring challenges faced in funding higher education. Presenters will examine a range of practical issues, such as traditional and entrepreneurial approaches and models in higher education, quality assurance and return on investment, funding models and case applications in higher education, and cost-cutting and workload issues. These issues have national, regional and global significance.

For more information, please contact Elmelinda Lara (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3414 or or visit

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