The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus will be registering with the Department of Education in the United States (US) to ensure that children of the Diaspora and American citizens can qualify to study at that tertiary institution.
This was disclosed by Principal at the Campus, Professor Eudene Barriteau recently, during a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, at her office on Culloden Road, St. Michael.
Professor. Barriteau noted that although this initiative was a long process, it would be particularly beneficial to American students who wished to study medicine at Cave Hill.
In this way, she explained, American students would not have to pursue their internships in Barbados, which should help to reduce numbers going into that programme here, resulting in less concern over the current constraints for medical internships. She added that eventually, a similar approach would be taken with Canada.
The Principal also pointed out that, among other things, she would be focusing on the development of the Cultural Studies programme being offered by the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, as well as ways to improve the exchange of students with other campuses. Senator McClean lauded the idea of reaching out to international institutions.
She said that during discussions with the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, on the margins of the Seventh Summit of the Americas held recently in Panama, Prime Minister Eman noted that students preferred to study English only at English schools, and there was therefore an opportunity for the UWI to offer programmes to that country, as well as to St. Maarten.
The two officials also discussed ways in which more scholarships and educational opportunities could be obtained for Barbadian students, particularly with those countries which have technical agreements with Barbados.