The UWI Open Campus Wins OAS Bid to Deliver Resilience Training
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Friday, June 21, 2019 - The University if the West Indies (The UWI) Open Campus has been successful in its bid to the Organisation of American States (OAS) for the Chile OAS Scholarships for CARICOM countries project. The project is for the delivery of training in specific areas of building regional resilience in member states.
As a result of the winning bid, The UWI Open Campus will deliver training programmes at the certificate level in three CARICOM states in the coming weeks, namely Barbados, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago.
The training in Barbados will focus on Post-Disaster Business Continuity Management; in Belize it deals with Water Quality Monitoring and Urban Flood Management; and in Trinidad and Tobago the focus is on Water Quality Management and Plumbing Essentials for Disaster Recovery.
The training programmes in the three countries are fully funded by the OAS and the Government of Chile through full scholarships to successful applicants. The programmes will be delivered at the Open Campus Country Sites in the respective countries starting in early July. In Barbados, the course will be held from July 1 – 4, 2019 at The UWI Open Campus Barbados, The Pine, St. Michael.
The training course in Trinidad and Tobago will be held from July 1 – 26, 2019 at The UWI Open Campus, Carapichaima Centre, while the course in Belize runs from July 15 – 18 at The UWI Open Campus Belize, Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City.
Under the programme, 30 scholarships will be offered to citizens of Barbados and Belize to pursue the respective courses, and 50 scholarships will be offered to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. A total of 110 persons will be trained under the programme.
“The success of The UWI Open Campus’ bid for this important OAS training project signals the vital role the Open Campus plays in building the region’s human resource capacity and its agility in delivering programmes across member states,” explained Professor Julie Meeks, Acting Principal of the Open Campus. “I encourage citizens of the three countries to take full advantage of these training opportunities as the areas of focus are critical to building and maintaining the resilience of the region,” Professor Meeks stressed.
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 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.)