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???Austerity Measures and Higher Education: Programmes, Policies, Practices and Student Services’ is the theme of the upcoming 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), scheduled for Grenada from November 9 to 11.

The conference will examine several sub-themes including the Development of a Regional Tertiary Education System; Higher Education: Strategies for Recovery from the Economic Recession; Innovation in Education for Caribbean Tertiary Institutions and Impact of the Social Network Media on Tertiary Education in the Caribbean.??

Representatives from 17 countries, including Government Ministers with responsibility for education and social policy, senior civil servants and Presidents, Chancellors, Deans and faculty members of universities, are expected to meet for

the event at the Grenadian by Rex Resort. Sessions are also open to corporate leaders working with or planning to establish partnerships with tertiary education institutions.

Barbados will be represented, among others, by several Principals including Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald of the UWI Open Campus, Barbara Parris of the Erdiston Teachers Training College; Anthony Headley of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and Dr. Gladstone Best of the Barbados’ Community College (BCC), who is currently the 1st Vice President of ACTI.

??President of ACTI, Dr. Roosevelt Williams will open the Conference and present the President’s report and plans on the way forward for the association. There will also be election of officers for the next three years and it is expected that Principal of the BCC, Dr. Best will seek re-election to?? the executive committee.

ACTI was formed in November 1990 in Kingston, Jamaica as a regional educational organisation that aims to foster national and regional advancement through collaborative efforts, sharing of resources and meaningful partnerships at the tertiary level.

It promotes cooperation and communication between the region’s educational institutions; encourages improvements in the quality, development and delivery of programmes and provides a forum for discussion for educators across the Caribbean. The fundamental aim is to create a common learning society for the entire region.

More information on ACTI can be obtained by contacting Executive Officer, Samantha Rodrigues in Trinidad at (868) 710-4300 or Clerical Officer, Joan Power at the secretariat located in Barbados at (246) 417-4495. Persons may also visit http://www.acticarib.org/ or the official conference website http://acticarib.org/events.php


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