Sir Hilary Beckles Travels To Antigua Ahead Of Official Opening Of Five Islands Campus

Sir Hilary Beckles

Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, will travel to Antigua in the coming days to oversee and participate in activities surrounding the official opening of its new Five Islands Campus in St. John’s, Antigua.

During his visit, Vice-Chancellor Beckles will undertake several official duties. On Monday, August 26, he will pay a courtesy call upon Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Gaston Browne, at the Office of the Prime Minister. He will later meet with senior officials in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, along with other stakeholders. Discussions will focus specifically on the way forward for the new campus, based on the work mapped out and advanced via the Implementation Committee.

Professor Stafford A. Griffith, who has been appointed as Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Campus from August 15, 2019 to July 31, 2020, will steward the campus in its first year of operations. In the meanwhile, a formal search is in progress to permanently fill the position, along with other substantive posts including that of Director of Academic Affairs and Director of Finance and Administration.

The UWI’s academic year 2019-2020 officially begins on August 25, 2019, and the Five Islands Campus will commence operations offering a suite of programmes across three schools: the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences; the School of Management, Sciences and Technology; and the School of Humanities and Education. As it welcomes its first cohort of students in this new academic year, students from Antigua State College currently enrolled in UWI franchise programmes will automatically be absorbed into the Campus as continuing students.

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  1. Wonderful!….So happy for a milestone in our country. Let us hope whatever financial obligations our country has to provide will be met on a consistency basis. Most people know that politicians in most countries talks a lot about “EDUCATION” yet very little financial resources are put into the system. Lets continue to make Antigua & Barbuda great Again! (part of a famous quote).

  2. I really hope that the UWI-Five Islands Campus offers Masters and PhD degrees in government, international relations and political science. If it is our goal to be the HUB for diplomatic services in the Eastern Caribbean, we must ensure that Antigua’s academic offerings align with that. UWI is getting a free campus in Antigua and I hope they give thanks to us, Antigua’s citizens, for paying for this effort with our own tax dollars.

    • Excuse me but the building was donated by the People’s Republic of China. Not a cent of the Tax Payers’ money in that. Give thanks to the Chinese for that.

    • Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

      Approval of UWI’s newest campus, Antigua and Barbuda’s Five Islands Campus, was announced by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, during a media conference held on Wednesday, 26 June, 2019!
      Established to provide a development platform for Antigua and Barbuda, the new Five Islands Campus will also function as a hub for the OECS and serve to expand The UWI’s regional capacity in the delivery of higher education for the 21st century. It will begin with three schools—the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Management, Sciences and Technology, and the School of Humanities and Education.

      “An endless task, the cataloguing of reality. We accumulate facts, we discuss them, but with every line that is written, with every statement that is made, one has the feeling of incompleteness.”
      ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks!

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