Saturday 24 October, 2020

Registration fees increase at the UWI Cave Hill Campus

UWI Cave Hill (FILE)

UWI Cave Hill (FILE)

Students of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus are now faced with an increase in registration fees.

This comes after UWI Mona Campus faced much backlash over an increase in fees at the start of this month.

What would normally be a $530 registration fee in previous years for students has now increased to $540 from this academic year.

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Students are displeased with the increase in fees as many claimed that they were not notified of such changes and that they are being financially restrained due to COVID-19.

One student, who wishes to remain unnamed, said that he only found out about the change upon going to the campus to pay his fees.

According to the documented fees on The UWI Cave Hill website, tuition fees for CARICOM nationals and foreign students remain the same across all faculties, except in the case of the newly added faculty of course.

As the start of the school year soon approaches, students will also be presented with “a range of options which include a hybrid face-to-face and online delivery of programmes at varying levels”. This is according to a recent media release emailed to all students in regard to the policies for this school year.

Students also received another update from the university stating that new students who are unable or prefer not to physically attend classes will have remote access. Meanwhile, continuing students will be able to access all teaching remotely but will still have the option of attending their classes face-to-face.

The UWI will also continue to cater for international students as mentioned in the press release.

According to the university, it is taking the necessary steps to maintain social distancing in classrooms and on residence halls.

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Students are asked to be alert for more updates as registration for classes commences this week.

The academic year for the University is set to begin on August 30, 2020.  

See the full release below:

The UWI outlines policy for start of new academic year.

Following a meeting of its Executive Management Team (EMT) on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has determined its policy regarding the upcoming academic year 2020/2021. 

The UWI EMT resolved that the Caribbean region’s effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic—as informed by science and the observance of appropriate public health and safety protocols—provides a significant level of confidence in the reopening of the education sector. The regional University will therefore start the new academic year across its five campuses and supporting countries on schedule, on August 30, 2020. 

The UWI has been working to provide a range of options which include a hybrid face-to-face and online delivery of programmes at varying levels to meet the diverse needs of its student population, guided by national protocols for health and safety; steps are being taken to maintain physical distancing in classrooms and on residence halls. In addition, students seeking to travel to a campus country are advised to pay attention to, and comply with the protocols stipulated by regional governments. 

Incoming undergraduate students, emerging from CSEC and CAPE can rest assured that there is a space at The UWI where they can achieve their fullest potential.

Adult learners should see the opportunity to enrol in existing programmes to retool for the restructured economies and new opportunities. 

The UWI is also open for business to international students, including those who may have been enrolled at other universities and wish to transfer. Such students are invited to make contact with the Office of the Campus Registrar on the campus of their choice.

Each of The UWI’s campuses is currently evaluating its individual capacity and operations to further determine the specificity of its delivery. Details will be available in the coming weeks and current and prospective students are invited to follow updates from the campuses. Persons with queries for specific information may contact the appropriate Campus Registrar’s Office as follows:

Cave Hill Campus - cregoffice@cavehill.uwi.edu

Five Islands Campus - admissions.fiveislands@uwi.edu

Mona Campus - campusregistraroffice@uwimona.edu.jm

Open Campus - registrar@open.uwi.edu

St Augustine Campus - marketing.communications@sta.uwi.edu   

 

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