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Turks and Caicos Hosts UWI Open Campus Council Meeting

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Turks and Caicos Hosts UWI Open Campus Council Meeting

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 — The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will host the 2019 Council Meeting of The UWI Open Campus. The meeting will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Shore Club Resort on the island of Providenciales. This is the first time the Turks and Caicos Islands is hosting the Open Campus Council Meeting.

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth will address the public session of the meeting, which starts at 9:30 am TCI time.

During the Council meeting, a number of issues will occupy the attention of delegates. These include the Principal’s Report to Council (Open Campus 2017/2018 Annual Report), the Audited Financial Statements, Audit Committee Report, The UWI Open Campus Alumni Report, and the Annual Report of the Global Affairs Canada/Strengthening Distance Education in the Caribbean (GAC/SDEC) Project.

The major discussion point will be the Principal’s Report, which will describe the Open Campus’ contribution to the achievement of The UWI Triple A Strategy.  In the Report, Dr Longsworth will outline accomplishments by the Open Campus under the three pillars of the Triple A Strategy: Access, Alignment and Agility.

The Council Meeting will be held under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Dr June Soomer.

Opening of TCI Country Site

This year’s Open Campus Council meeting takes on special significance as the Open Campus Country Site will reopen in the Turks and Caicos Islands on the same day of the Council meeting. The new Open Campus Country Site in Turks and Caicos is located at Town Centre Mall on the island of Providenciales.

The Site will be officially opened by Honourable Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth, during an official ceremony on Friday March 15 starting at 6:00 pm.

Distinguished Lecture

Following the opening of the Open Campus Country Site, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies will deliver a distinguished lecture on the topic of Reparations. The lecture will take place in the foyer of the Town Centre Mall and starts at 7:30 pm.

“The UWI Open Campus is delighted to re-establish our physical presence in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” stated Dr Luz Longsworth, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus. “This places the Open Campus in a better position to work strategically with the Government of the TCI and the TCI Community College in building the territory’s human resource capacity and meeting its training needs.”

 

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About The UWI

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the top 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018, and was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit www.uwi.edu.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)