Wednesday 26th June, 2019-The Gaston Browne administration’s plan for the establishment of a University of the West Indies Campus for Antigua and Barbuda is now a reality.
Sir Hilary Beckles on behalf of Chancellor, Mr. Robert Bermudez, and the Council of The University of the West Indies (UWI) announced the formal approval of the establishment of a campus of The University of the West Indies in Antigua and Barbuda, within the wider context of the country’s membership of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
During a media conference this morning, Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles revealed the regional university’s fourth landed campus at Five Islands will welcome its first batch of students in the new academic year, offering undergraduate programs in the first instance.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s vision for the University Campus is that it will serve Antiguans and Barbudans and the sub-region, offering affordable tuition to a people he believes have been deprived for decades, a position with which Sir Hilary agrees.
The journey to UWI Five Islands began in 2017, when the government in St. John’s made a presentation to the Council of the UWI on the need for the establishment of a modern campus to promote national and sub regional economic and social development, with a focus on the robust expansion of its social capital. A task force was subsequently established to carry out feasibility studies.
The Antiguan and Barbudan government has been commended for its vision and determination in seeing the fourth landed campus of UWI come to reality.