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As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Saint Lucia and the University of Quintana Roo has collaborated to offer a new introductory Spanish training programme.
This is the first of various courses which UWI will offer under the MOU which was signed between the two institutions in 2016.
Outreach and Marketing Officer for the UWI Open Campus, Lesley Crane-Mitchell, said that courses will ultimately be offered to the wider Caribbean.
“We have entered into a relationship with the University of Quintana Roo, with the assistance, of course of the Embassy of Mexico, right here in St. Lucia. What we plan to do is to jointly bring as many courses as we can to St. Lucians and eventually to the wider OECS.
“Of course, the obvious place to start is by providing Spanish classes, and that is exactly what has started tonight. We are very excited. It means that the MOU is actually coming to fruition and it is the beginning of many more of these sorts of programmes jointly offered by our two universities,” she stated.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Mexico in St. Lucia, Maite Narvaez Adad, said that the start of these courses is significant as it is the realisation of one of the goals of the embassy.
“For us it is of utmost importance because it is the fruition of one of the objectives of the embassy which is to demonstrate that there is no such thing as a language barrier between our countries and our people, and the embassy is really happy to see, finally, this MOU coming into a reality and giving another opportunity to St. Lucia and St. Lucians to learn our language, and to give both peoples an opportunity to come closer,” she said.
According to her, the University of Quintana Roo has also signed MOU’s with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association.
“…This was the last one to come in place now… so we are very, very happy and we hope that it is the first activity of many more with the two universities. With the help and support always, of the Embassy of Mexico [we hope it] will open more ways of understanding between the two societies because that’s basically our main objective,” she stated.