UWI gets support from PM Douglas

UWI’s Nigel Harris

ST. KITTS, JULY 8, 2010 (CUOPM) – The University of the West Indies is getting support from St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

“If our University of the West Indies is to be the instrument of regional development that we expect it to be, then our students must be acculturated into Caribbean Regionalism and the University must strengthen the instruments for so doing. These must involve internal governance as well as curriculum development among others,” said Dr. Douglas in a statement issued at the 31st CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Jamaica.

Dr. Douglas welcomed the Report from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Harris on the University of the West Indies echoed and emphasize one aspect – the regionalism of the University of the West Indies and the Vice-Chancellor’s Task Force to analyse how to strengthen it.

“Geographical separation or programme development at the various campuses must not be a block to regionalism in UWI; and there is also no need to promote the impossibility of a single residential institution. Hence there is need to find new modalities to enhance regionalism that would also involve increased cooperation between and among institutions of higher education in the Region,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, a UWI alumnus.

Dr. Douglas said these modalities of regionalism at the higher educational levels could also act as a catalyst for deepening the regional integration movement.

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