Members of the University of the West Indies will be carrying out a feasibility study over the next couple days in Antigua and Barbuda to assess, where the country is at with reference to establishing the 4th University Campus here on the twin island state.
The three-member team along with Hyram Forde Principal of the Antigua State
The group will visit the Five Islands Campus on Monday and Tuesday along with carrying out infrastructure and technological assessments.
Minister Benjamin reiterated the need for the University Campus to be established in Antigua and Barbuda. He noted that his government has a vision that within 5-10 years of operation, the educational facility will have great economic benefit not only to Antigua but the region.
Benjamin continued, “the access to higher education is very limited to small island countries and studies have been done to prove this; the opening of a 4th University Campus of the West Indies is critical, as it will be far more accessible to all persons and will promote the further development of the country as a whole.
Principal of the Antigua State College Hyram Forde says the importance of the topic being discussed is understood and all measures must be put in place by the government to ensure that it becomes a reality.
Benjamin added that provisions will be made to ensure that the University once established will receive adequate funding from the government.