“Tertiary education institutions such as the UWI constitute the backbone of a country’s information infrastructure”
Barbadian students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) can remain focused on their studies without worrying about having to pay fees.
Shortly after he took office earlier this year, Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. David Thompson, visited the Cave Hill Campus and assured compatriots attending the institution that his Government would continue the long-standing financial commitment to undergraduates.
“The Barbados Government remains committed to meeting the tuition and related costs for each Barbadian attending UWI and ensuring that the Cave Hill Campus enjoys the supporting amenities that are deserving of an institution of its calibre,” he told the 2008 Cave Hill Campus Benefactors Awards.
The Prime Minister who was the featured speaker at the triennial event which was held at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, said Government was fully supportive of UWI and the realisation of the potential of each student and that of the University as a whole.
Lauding UWI’s administration and Campus benefactors for their work in transforming the institution, he disclosed that Government intends to create a new industrial development and innovation fund through several partnerships with the University, in order to vigorously promote research and development activities.
Thompson pledged to encourage the University and other entrepreneurial organisations to continue research and development on solar power and other alternative sources of energy. He also promised that the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development will embark on a fundamental reform of the educational system in order to create an educated workforce while converting the economy into a knowledgebased society.
“Tertiary education institutions such as the UWI constitute the backbone of a country’s information infrastructure,” noted the Prime Minister.
The ceremony recognised and honoured the contributions of more than 50 government agencies, local, regional and international foundations, development and donor agencies, private individuals and private companies. These contributions supported the Cave Hill campus’ academic research, outreach and capital development programmes over the past three years.
Barbados National Bank, Scotiabank Barbados and Sagicor, each with a contribution of a million dollars or more, headed the list of awardees.