Caribbean, May 15, 2017 – Antigua – Delivering his 2015/2016 report to the University Council on May 4, UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said there will be a fourth landed campus in Antigua. The current campuses of The UWI are Mona, Jamaica; Cave Hill, Barbados; and St Augustine, Trinidad.
He said the Antiguan Government has taken a major historic decision to transform a Community College to a University and asked if their campus could be within the UWI family.
The campus will be located in a village called Five Islands.
Beckles said there is a plan to expand national colleges to universities throughout the region.
“By enabling some of these better equipped national colleges to University colleges and to do so within the context of the UWI family is very good for us,” he said.
“Those who cannot move long distances must move short distances,” he said.
“And this is a structure we are working with, the open campus plus national colleges plus campuses constituting a structure of higher education that will enable us to build capacity and reduce cost.”
Beckles said the global strategy is to have a UWI presence on every continent except Antartica in the next five years.
“We are building out our footprint. We have already established our facility in North America in New York, we are working aggressively on Mexico, Colombia, we are working on Europe and we have just signed an agreement with South Africa and now the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos will be visiting at Mona in three weeks’ time to look at Centre for Caribbean studies in Lagos and of course we are in China,” he said.