Monday 27 January, 2020

UWI Principal: Graduate research invaluable to the region

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

The progress the University of the West Indies has made in advancing the region’s development far outweighs the burden on government to finance the institution. 

Such was the view expressed by Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau during the UWI Graduate Studies Orientation on Tuesday.  

Professor Barriteau commended government on the move to reinstate paid tuition fees for Barbadians and also for some graduate students to pursue a second state sponsored degree.  

“The decision by government to reintroduce paid support of undergraduate studies is a recognition of the role of a university in the transformation of a society.” 

She said the UWI does not exist to “perpetuate itself “but rather to raise the quality of living in Caribbean countries. She said the programs of research conducted by graduate students sets the UWI apart from all other tertiary institutions in the region, with an aim to revitalize Caribbean development.  

She said postgraduate students have the opportunity to “shape the Caribbean’s future”.  

“I am very proud that in the 70th year, the University has laid the foundation for the modernization of the post independent Caribbean. 

Our governments and people cannot quantify what we offer to Barbadian societies and our contribution to national and regional wellbeing far exceed the cost of maintaining the campus.” 

Professor Barriteau pointed to a number of areas where post graduate research has helped the Caribbean overcome some of its challenges, such as the ZIKA Taskforce started in 2016 in response to the global outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus. In addition, research in battling the ever-persistent problem of sargassum seaweed has also been undertaken at the UWI.  

She urged students to foster a culture of research so as to find unique solutions to the Caribbean’s social and economic issues, noting that “globally prescribed solutions do not always produce outcomes for our indigenous circumstances”.  

She also urged students to immerse themselves in as many co-curricular activities as possible and take advantage of the “Cave Hill experience”.

 

 

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