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Prominent Caribbean academic passes away

April 11, 2014
Prominent Caribbean academic passes away HAVANA, Cuba -- Well known Caribbean academic Norman Girvan passed away on Wednesday in Cuba. He was 72. Jamaican-born Girvan, who earlier this year suffered a serious fall while in Dominica, was Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). He was also a professorial research fellow...

St Kitts university launches research centres to address current veterinary challenges

April 11, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has announced the launch of four research centres created to support the university’s mission to provide students with a research-informed educational experience. The launch of each centre follows...

International benchmarking for CCSLC underway

April 5, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Over the next nine weeks, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will be working with the United Kingdom National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) to benchmark the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC).

Commentary: Schooling positively in Trinidad and Tobago...

April 5, 2014
Commentary: Schooling positively in Trinidad and Tobago... Now that we've all had our reactive say regarding the sudden wave of violence and bullying in our nation's schools being recorded and shared, perhaps it might be a good time to go a little further with the conversation if only to arrive at something more than talk. First off, there seems to be a spike due to...

CXC and UK publisher to hosting CCSLC workshops in Barbados

April 3, 2014
CXC and UK publisher to hosting CCSLC workshops in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Over 50 secondary school teachers in Barbados stand to benefit from a series of workshops to be hosted by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and UK-based publisher Nelson Thornes on 7 and 8 April 2014 in Barbados. The four workshops will be hosted over...

Over 400 students in Haiti to get free first-class education

April 1, 2014
Over 400 students in Haiti to get free first-class education CARACOL, Haiti -- Sae-A Foundation, the philanthropic arm of leading global apparel manufacturer and exporter Sae-A Trading, formally celebrated the opening of its new S&H School in Haiti last Wednesday, further contributing to the country's post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.

CDB provides over $16 million for transformation of College of The Bahamas

March 20, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The 40-year-old College of The Bahamas (COB) will get an institutional and physical makeover now that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan of US$16.18 million to the government of The Bahamas.

CXC reports slight improvement in January CSEC results

March 12, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The overall performance of candidates in the 2014 January sitting for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination improved slightly when compared to 2013. This year 50.6 per cent of subject entries achieved Grades I-III.

Jamaica to host second Caribbean conference on higher education

March 1, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The UNESCO Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO/IESALC) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) will convene the Second Conference on Higher Education in the Caribbean (II CCHE), May 8 and 9, 2014.

New scholarship opportunities discussed for Bahamians

February 28, 2014
New scholarship opportunities discussed for Bahamians WASHINGTON, USA -- Scholarship opportunities for Bahamians and the possibility of a student exchange program between Howard University and the College of The Bahamas (COB) were among the topics discussed by Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas consul general to Washington, DC, with Howard’s...

Mexico offers postgraduate scholarships to Belizeans

February 22, 2014
BELMOPAN, Belize -- The El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Mexico has opened its 2014 scholarship call for applications for postgraduate programs. There are seven scholarships available for Belizean nationals for master’s degree programs and one for a doctorate degree program.

Letter: Depriving children of Laventille West of quality education

February 20, 2014
The children of Laventille West are being deprived of a quality education as a result of the mismanagement of the upgrades and repairs of their schools. There is poor management of the primary schools and the secondary schools in the Laventille area and in schools where...

Saint Lucia explores strategic alliance in health

January 27, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia is exploring an alliance with the University of the West Indies (UWI) to establish a linkage between Saint Lucia’s hospitals and the Faculties of Medical Science of the university. This new partnership seeks to transform the New National Hospital...

CXC renews publishing alliance

January 25, 2014
CXC renews publishing alliance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and Macmillan Publishers Limited have renewed their past alliance for the publication and distribution of learning support material for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency...

Bank contributes over US$1.4 million to UWI for regional development

January 20, 2014
Bank contributes over US$1.4 million to UWI for regional development WARRENS, Barbados -- A partnership forged 11 years ago between two leading regional entities has seen CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank contributing over US$1.4 million to the University of the West Indies(UWI). According to a release, the funds have gone to support the education of...

Grenada university establishes peace through medicine scholarship programme

January 11, 2014
NAIROBI, Kenya – A new collaborative programme will allow 11 students from the South Sudan to study medicine at St George’s University (SGU) in Grenada. SGU is offering free tuition, housing, and a special programme to prepare the students for the study of medicine.

UWI Open Campus receives donor support for ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure

January 11, 2014
UWI Open Campus receives donor support for ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Steve Imperato of FutureFunds Ltd, advancement consultant to the University of the West Indies (UWI), on Wednesday presented a cheque for US$500 to pro vice-chancellor and principal of the UWI Open Campus, Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald in support of the UWI’s...

UNICEF and UWI's Institute of International Relations sign MOU

January 10, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Institute of International Relations (IIR) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will on January 14, 2014, sign a memorandum of agreement to establish a hub for the creation and facilitation of the...

Jamaica to host education summit next month

January 7, 2014
Jamaica to host education summit next month WASHINGTON, USA -- The Jamaican Diaspora Education Task Force has joined forces with the Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA) to stage the first education summit between February 18 and 21, 2014. The summit, which will be in two phases, will kick-off in Montego Bay and bring together over...

Caribbean Examinations Council meets in Guyana

December 10, 2013
Caribbean Examinations Council meets in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) held its 45th meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, last Friday and the meeting of the school committee (SEC) on Thursday under the chairmanship of Professor Nigel Harris, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

Third annual CSF workshop in Guyana raises awareness of STEM applications in Caribbean

December 9, 2013
Third annual CSF workshop in Guyana raises awareness of STEM applications in Caribbean GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Professionals from the region and the Diaspora, and students and teachers from Guyana, gathered on December 2-3, 2013 to discuss how "stimulating education, innovation and entrepreneurship in science and engineering" can be promoted to help diversify the economies of the Caribbean.

St Lucia educators call for OECS integration teaching toolkit

December 4, 2013
St Lucia educators call for OECS integration teaching toolkit CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Coming out of two consultations specifically targeting Saint Lucian teachers, the OECS public education country mission team said it is heartened by the level of interest, investment and some solid recommendations made by the island’s educators. The economic union, which came into force...

US study-abroad programme returns to Cuba

December 2, 2013
US study-abroad programme returns to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Hundreds of US students on board the MV Explorer, in what is known as the study-abroad program Semester at Sea, will come to Cuba after a nine-year interruption due to the US economic, financial and commercial embargo of the island. International relations director at the University of Havana...

Commentary: Bullying in schools: Who is responsible?

November 27, 2013
Commentary: Bullying in schools: Who is responsible? Bullying is a serious violation against a child’s right to live in a safe and violent free environment. The Caribbean Mentoring Institute embarked on a pilot training over the summer period in Saint Lucia. A number of students and teachers were trained in bully prevention methods; however, as it stands...

UWI marine biologist present for major discovery in Grenada Basin

November 25, 2013
UWI marine biologist present for major discovery in Grenada Basin PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The University of the West Indies’ Dr Judith Gobin was part of a team of international scientists who made a major discovery located some 6,000ft under the sea, in the ‘debris avalanche’ deposit of the Grenada Basin, west of Kick'em Jenny volcano.

Guyana to host CXC governance meetings

November 23, 2013
Guyana to host CXC governance meetings GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana will host the annual governance meetings of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on 5th and 6th December 2013 in Georgetown. The meeting of the School Examinations Committee (SEC) will be held on Thursday 5th December and the 45th meeting of Council...

UWI scientist goes on six-day deep sea exploration

November 11, 2013
UWI scientist goes on six-day deep sea exploration ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer Dr Judith Gobin has joined a team of international scientists on a six-day, deep sea exploration of the Kick’em Jenny volcano and Trinidad Tar Seeps on board the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. Gobin, who is a lecturer of marine...

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