Professor E Nigel Harris, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has been invited to serve on three panels at Going Global, the annual flagship conference of the British Council, to be held in Miami from 29 April to 1 May.
Vice-Chancellor Harris has been invited to serve on the Strategic Partnerships and Inclusive Internationalisation panels and on the final wrap-up panel. Going Global brings together Higher Education Institutes (HEI) representatives from around the world to share best practices, network and strategies about the future of Higher Education.
Going Global presents an ideal opportunity to showcase The UWI and the higher education system of the Caribbean, to an audience of international policymakers and HEIs, in collaboration with the British Council.
The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, plus the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences.
UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by Caricom and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.
Vice-Chancellor Harris sees The UWI’s singular focus at Going Global is to position the University in the global landscape as an authority in small island state development and an ideal global partner.
He notes, “The UWI, as the largest university in the English-speaking Caribbean, and as one of just two regional (multi country) universities worldwide, is well placed to take advantage of regional and international partnerships to strengthen its mandate as an engine of development in teaching, research and public service.”
The UWI will also have a booth and host a breakfast meeting for selected stakeholders, based on The UWI’s strategic projects as a cursor to partnership building.
Carib-Export, the Caribbean Export Development Agency — the only regional trade and investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean and Pacific group — is the main sponsor of The UWI’s participation at Going Global.