Thursday 24 September, 2020

BCC students to benefit from 2-year degree initiative at The UWI

Principal of BCC Annette and PrPro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Camps, the Most Honorable V. Eudine Barriteau. 

(Taken from the UWI Cave Hill Campus' IG page).

Principal of BCC Annette and PrPro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Camps, the Most Honorable V. Eudine Barriteau. (Taken from the UWI Cave Hill Campus' IG page).

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus has partnered with the Barbados Community College (BCC) to provide a smoother transition for students to obtain their Bachelor’s degree in just two years.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) known as the 2+2 agreement, was finalised on August 26, 2020. It was announced through a press release from the university’s Cave Hill Campus website.

The memorandum will ensure that BCC students do not repeat competencies that they have already achieved.

According to the press release: 

“BCC students registered in select associate degree programmes such as Business Studies in the Division of Commerce, with a GPA 2.75 and above, are accorded advanced standing in select programmes at the Cave Hill Campus. There is also a joint 2+2 UWI & BCC Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management”.

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Camps, the Most Honorable V. Eudine Barriteau, says that she is hoping for History and those who studied Fine Arts at BCC to benefit from this agreement as well.

Barriteau stated that: "Under this particular MOU, the BCC and The UWI Cave Hill Campus will seek to increase the number of undergraduate programmes into which appropriately qualified graduates of the BCC may be articulated".

“Specifically, our institutions are working on identifying and agreeing on programmes into which students from BCC may more easily enter, for example, into our Faculties of Social Sciences…Science and Technology as well as Humanities and Education. We think that the Cave Hill Campus has the responsibility to determine and work without colleagues to provide the criteria for articulation into these identified programmes.”

Principal of the BCC, Annette Alleyne, disclosed that this is the foundation for the two institutions to create “synergetic offerings” while still establishing a framework to improve the quality of graduates, especially those preparing for the world of work which exists and that which will exist in the future.

Alleyne also stated that there must be a re-examination of educational offerings.

How do we produce the best educated and the best trained? How do we ensure that we are not churning out graduates bereft of requisite skills for employability? How do we maintain relevance in a global age, in a world engulfed by rapid technological advances?”

Additionally, due to the impact of COVID-19, she believes that this re-examination must also consider the “inequities” of education.

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