The development of the educational system in the Caribbean will come into focus next month, when the region’s key players in this area converge in the British Virgin Islands for the 20th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI).

Barbados will be among the representatives from 17 countries, which includes Government Ministers with responsibility for education and social policy, senior civil servants and Presidents, Chancellors, Deans and faculty members of universities.?? Officials are scheduled to meet from November 17 to 19 at the H. Lavity Scott Community College. Sessions are also open to corporate leaders working with, or planning to establish partnerships with tertiary education institutions.

The theme of the conference is Developing the Whole Person for a Productive and Prosperous Caribbean Region.?? Subthemes will be: The Role of Tertiary Education in Shaping Attitudes; Tertiary Education: Supporting Youth for Leadership and Providing Workforce Options for Caribbean Development.

President of ACTI, Dr. Roosevelt Williams, will open the Conference; present the President’s report, and outline plans on the way forward for the association.

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 among 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, at (868) 710-4300 or Clerical Officer, Joan Power at (246) 417-4495.?? Persons may also visit or the official conference website

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