Barbadians interested in studying overseas can now look to Fort Valley State University (FVSU) as it seeks more linkages with the diaspora.

This option was put on the table today at a breakfast meeting to welcome visiting faculty members from the university, at Courtyard by Marriott.

President of FVSU, Dr. Ivelaw Griffith, noted the institution would be pursuing three global imperatives ???in order to have the maturation process go one step further???.

???Our intent is to connect our university with the rest of the world, to bring students from the rest of the world in greater numbers to our university and take students from Fort Valley to other parts of the world,??? he said, while pointing out that Barbados??? Honorary Consul in Atlanta, Dr. Edward Layne, was on the Global Initiatives Council that would help to take this forward.

He said FVSU had a robust set of research programmes and wished to make some available to countries in the region and elsewhere that had an interest in agriculture, food security and areas where competencies and strengths could be utilised.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harry Husbands, in welcoming the team said: ???As a person who has studied overseas, in the USA, I know first-hand the benefits which go far beyond the excellent facilities that are usually associated with many of the foreign universities.

“An awareness of the world, networking and the contacts that you form at foreign universities with people all around the world are still very relevant and important today. So in that context, the Ministry of Education is pleased to be associated with this event.???

Located in Fort Valley, Georgia, FVSU, which is approaching its 120th anniversary, is one of three public black colleges and universities there.

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