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UWI to expand globally

By Geraldine Bicette-Joseph, GIS

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GIS – With over 50 physical site locations in 17 English-speaking Caribbean countries, the University of the West Indies is well represented throughout the region. Now, UWI is set to expand  globally.

According to Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus, Dr. Luz Longsworth, the university plans to take its operations into Latin America and Asia.

“We are about to launch the China UWI Institute for software technology, and also a UWI Institute for Latin American and Caribbean studies in China,” she said. “So we are already conquering China. We also have a relationship that is going to be cemented this year with the State University of New York (SUNY) where we will have a SUNY-UWI Caribbean Institute of Leadership for leadership and sustainable development.”

Dr. Longsworth indicated that there has been a drive by the institution to be recognized globally.

“We are going out there globally ensuring that the UWI name is seen, is heard and that we have our people from the diaspora as well as people interested in research in the Caribbean participating in our programming all across the world,” she said.

The University of the West Indies states that its aim is to  help “unlock the potential for economic and cultural growth” in the region, allowing for improved regional autonomy.

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One comment

  1. A very interesting development indeed. However, we have to anticipate that what this initiative will eventually produce the kinds of results that we all can live with going into the future. One wonders what part of this UWI complex that intends to push through with this proposal. One wonders too, how UWI is going to compete with the moocs of this world.


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