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Higher Education Certificate launched at ACHEA Conference

For Release Upon Receipt - July 17, 2012

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – A Certificate in Higher Education Administration will soon be offered through The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. This was decided at the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) on July 12-14, 2012 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA).  

Professor Errol Morrison, OJ, President of the University of the Technology (UTECH), Jamaica, called on ACHEA to facilitate discussions with CARICOM and other funding organizations such as the World Bank, to provide support for research and development as a contributing factor to GDP. In his keynote address, he identified the challenges and opportunities of higher education in the region and noted that its financing is a critical area for Caribbean Heads of Government to address. 

Professor Morrison urged higher education administrators and other policy makers to exploit the region’s development opportunities such as the strength of the tourism industry, sports and its indigenous culture, music and food. He exhorted delegates to focus on developing value-added products and services, even as countries in the region prepare to celebrate their golden anniversary and participate in the 2012 Olympics. 

Following the conference, a special issue of the Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean will be published with a compilation of selected papers from conference proceedings over the last decade.  

Over 120 delegates from CARICOM countries and Canada were welcomed to the conference by Mr. C. William Iton; University Registrar, UWI, and President, ACHEA. Presenters included Dr. Kofi Nkrumah-Young; Vice President Planning and Operations, (UTECH), Dr. Jim Armstrong; President, The Governance Network, Ontario, Canada and Dave Edwards; Programme Manager, Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network.

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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, 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 over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 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, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and 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.)