Four Officials from the UWI Five Island Campus were invited to Cabinet.
They included the Principal and Vice Chancellor Densil Williams and Registrar Hyram Forde.
UWI started out with 178 students; by September 1,700 students will be enrolled at the UWI Five Islands Campus and that number will climb to more than 2,000 by September 2024.
The Principal informed that on-campus residences are required as is an administrative complex.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is about to acquire US$40 million from the Saudi’s and will leverage 39 million towards the UWI Five Islands Campus expansion.
Faculty housing will also be constructed near the campus and a clinic site will be arranged on campus which will host a nurse, an ambulance and possibly a fire tender. A Nursing School that meets the high standard set by the Antigua and Barbuda Law will have its beginnings September 2022.
The UWI Five Islands will also create “The Center for Excellence for Oceanagrophy and the Blue Economy.” The Blue Economy is expected to have a significant impact on economic diversification through training of youth, taking Antigua and Barbuda to the next level. A Director is to be appointed and is expected to be in place by October 2022.
The Principal of UWI also made a presentation of the plans for an UWI Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Department; this will be a major focus of UWI Five Islands.
Comparisons between the OECS and other Caribbean countries were offered and it is clear that the OECS has to step-up; and, UWI Five Islands is intended to do just that.
A strong Business School is also needed for outstanding performance in business. UWI will provide the Business Education required in order to move the OECS forward.