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Presenters from all over the globe will converge on the Barbados Hilton Resort, Needham’s Point, St. Michael, from Sunday, October 28, to Wednesday, October 31, for the 6th International Conference on Higher Education.

The conference, which will be held under the theme: Modern Education and Economic Stimulation: Innovation, Praxis and Sustainability, is being coordinated by the Higher Education Development Unit under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training.

The primary objective of the conference is to showcase emerging local, regional and international research that can enhance policy and practice at all levels.

The opening ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 28, at 5:00 p.m. and the featured speaker will be David Wilhelm, Chief Strategy Officer for Hecate Energy, USA. Mr. Wilhelm is facilitating the company’s efforts to develop solar, wind and gas projects in international markets such as Africa, Pakistan and Jordan.

His focus during the conference will be on the potential for economic growth through the development of the renewable energy sector, and how training and development can harness that latent potential across indigenous post-secondary institutions.

The three days following the opening will consist of practical interaction that will provide research-based and practical strategies that address emerging best practices across the education landscape; varying viewpoints by multiple presenters on specific issues; panel discussions, interaction and dialogue among delegates which demonstrate practical applications from solutions-based research; and the opportunity for graduate students and student teachers to share in a dynamic learning environment.

On Monday, October 29, the main feature will be a luncheon at noon with Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams and players and stakeholders in the renewable energy sector. Among them are Executive Director of the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA), Meshia Clarke; President of BREA, Jerry Franklin; Barbados Community College Tutor, Trevor Headley; and tutors from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology.

The objective of the session is to explore collaborative opportunities that could impact the renewable energy sector in Barbados, and members of the media will get an opportunity to engage participants prior to the luncheon.

The 6th International Conference on Higher Education will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30, but will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the final day, Wednesday, October 31.


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