KINGSTON, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies (UWI) is preparing to allow 200 Haitian university students whose schooling has been affected by the January 12 earthquake, to complete their degrees at its three campuses.
The initiative was announced by Vice Chancellor of the UWI, Professor Nigel Harris, at a recent media clinic hosted by CARICOM.
Professor Harris said that the Mona Campus, Jamaica, would be accepting 100 students, the St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago would accept 75, and the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados would accept 25.
“The idea is that we will concentrate our efforts on those students who are in their last year of their degree programs and in areas of need, in terms of what they can contribute to Haiti,” said Harris.
Harris said some of the areas of study which are critical are agricultural sciences, engineering and library sciences.
The UWI Vice Chancellor disclosed that the regional university would also be looking at ways it could help to frame a broad education policy for Haiti as that country seeks to rebuild.
Harris also made an appeal for other universities in the Spanish and French-speaking Caribbean to accept students wherever possible.
The media clinic was held ahead of the 31st Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government, which will last from July 4 to 7, in Montego Bay.
Haiti’s reconstruction, climate change, the global economic recession and regional trade are the topics expected to feature prominently at the meeting. (JIS)