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Research a Critical Component of Caribbean Development, says Principal Barriteau

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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Sound, Caribbean-centred research – much like that produced out of The University of the West Indies – is an indispensable and invaluable component of the region’s social and economic growth.

Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Professor V. Eudine Barriteau, underscored this point during her remarks at the Postgraduate Orientation ceremony, held last Wednesday evening in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex.

“Oftentimes we are able to advance regional solutions to challenges that may appear international in scope. But as we know, one size does not fit all, and some globally prescribed solutions do not always produce the desired outcomes for our indigenous circumstances. Research at The UWI enables us to discover and evaluate new knowledge to shed light on our own environment. This is essential to driving the future of our region,” she said.

Barriteau stated that the value of The UWI’s impact on Caribbean societies is unquantifiable, adding: “…our contributions to national and regional wellbeing far exceed the costs of maintaining the Campus.”

In that vein, she commended the Government of Barbados for its decision to reintroduce paying tuition for Barbadians pursuing their first undergraduate degree as well as for those who, due to high academic achievement at the undergraduate level, earned the ability to pursue a second state-sponsored degree. This, she believed, served as “recognition of the role of a university in the transformation of a society.”

The Principal also encouraged incoming and continuing students to see their role in The UWI’s strident research culture. She also highlighted some of the varied areas of inquiry that departments and Institutes across campus were engaged in, such as the gender gap in the Caribbean, Skills for Green Jobs - Barbados Study and The Impact of Contributions to Educational Services to Regional Development.

“I gave you these examples so that you could begin to think of where and when you and your research will enter this dynamic, knowledge-creation landscape. I also want to clearly depict for you the value of UWI research to the wellbeing of our Caribbean region and how that research sets us apart from all other tertiary institutions operating in our domestic space,” she said. “The UWI’s current Strategic Plan is dedicated to “Revitalizing Caribbean Development”. How will your studies do this?”










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