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The Making of A Smart Campus

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Throughout the lifespan of any organism, it will likely be subjected to changes in its external environment which mandate that it evolve or expire. Organisations are no different. Faced with the need to embrace change or dissolve into history, they will often seek to re-engineer their component parts for optimum performance in order to maintain or achieve impact, sustainability and growth.

As part of a wider regional tertiary level ecosystem, which is preparing to roll out a new five year strategic plan to help revitalise Caribbean development, the administration and management at Cave Hill are laying the groundwork to reposition the campus. Guided by The UWI’s Triple-A objectives of Access, Alignment and Agility, we have embarked on a reconceptualization of this campus’ strategic development that include but are not limited to:

  1. Increasing student enrolment which declined sharply after the introduction in 2014 of tuition fees for Barbadians;
  2. Pursuing smart diversification and growth at Cave Hill in a manner that embraces the relevance of a liberal arts education;
  3. Adopting a more aggressive policy of internationalisation;
  4. Strengthening the campus’ alignment with industry and corporate establishments.

While cognisant of the need to tap into non-traditional regional and international markets to bolster student enrolment, we have also devised several mechanisms to help cushion the financial hardship wrought on Barbadian nationals. Signaling our intent not to abandon our host citizens, we have embarked on a vigorous public information programme and recruitment drive targeting secondary schools.

As a Smart Campus, we will seek to harness the advances in IT, such as smart phones, big data, the internet of things, and cloud service, towards improving educational delivery and pedagogy. We intend to revolutionize the education system through diversification of content and widespread application of information technology while maintaining vigilance over quality and student-centredness.

We will emphasize smart learning, using technology to enhance the student experience, to reach a wider audience, to achieve better communication, and we will seek to integrate the smart campus into neighbouring business communities. Our Smart Campus proposal is intended to position Cave Hill Campus as an integral, but seamless driver of services, resources and intellectual capital in an urban, business and residential community.

The Faculty of Science and Technology will play a critical role in our strategy. Growth in science, technology and innovation is fundamental to the advance of Caribbean societies. We expect to create a state of the art facility befitting a 21st century Campus.

Our internationalization thrust will be strengthened by our growth of English as a Second Language immersion programme, innovative cultural-exchange offerings through the Confucius Institute, and the provision of medical education to international students.

The development of an agri-business science park driven by our Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship and the establishment of an Office of Research and Innovation will strengthen our linkages with industry and the corporate sector, and the commercialisation of our applied research.

The Cave Hill Campus is resolute, resilient and committed to the revitalization of Barbados and Caribbean development. We are simultaneously navigating financial austerity while being propelled by existing opportunities to maintain financial sustainability and Campus relevance.

We are refashioning the strategic development of the Cave Hill Campus as a Smart Campus, dedicated to expanded access, transforming the skilled labour force and growing applied research and innovation to advance Caribbean societies.

Professor V. Eudine Barriteau GCM

Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor

UWI, Cave Hill Campus


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