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UWI and University of Havana discuss Caribbean challenges

July 7, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- On June 24 and 25, representatives of the University of West Indies (UWI) and the University of Havana, Cuba, met at the Institute of International Relations located at the UWI’s St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss “Development challenges and possibilities for...

St Kitts teachers threaten to take industrial action

July 2, 2014
St Kitts teachers threaten to take industrial action BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts Teachers Union has labelled a move by the Ministry of Education to discipline the principal of the Basseterre High School (BHS) as “vindictive” and it says it will move to industrial action if action is taken against the over 30-year teaching veteran.

Haitian embassy launches training program for next generation of leaders

June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Seven students from top universities in Haiti arrived in the US capital this week to work at the Haitian embassy as part of a new summer fellowship and work-training program. Their arrival followed the departure to Haiti last week of six Haitian-American graduate students.

Commentary: 'Remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow, live for today'

June 28, 2014
Commentary: 'Remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow, live for today' High school graduation is certainly a memorable occasion for all of you, and it gives me great pleasure to remind you as you graduate to “remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow and live for today.” As I reflected on this theme in preparation to address you graduates, I realized that the theme encompasses...

UWI launches new Caribbean Journal of Criminology

June 26, 2014
MONA, Jamaica -- The Institute of Criminal Justice and Security (ICJS), based at the regional headquarters of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has announced the launch of its latest publication, the Caribbean Journal of Criminology. The Caribbean Journal of Criminology is...

CXC going live with electronic marking in 2014

June 19, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is utilising electronic marking or e-marking for some of its scripts for the 2014 May/June examination sitting. The Council will be marking 11 papers in seven Caribbean Secondary Education (CSEC) subjects.

Caribbean school wins global award for space experiment

June 19, 2014
Caribbean school wins global award for space experiment ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- You wouldn't normally expect to hear a conversation about "ionization in the earth's atmosphere" happening between a group of 12-to 14-year-old youngsters. But that conversation is exactly what led enterprising youth from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago...

Belize to improve education with $10 million loan from IDB

June 14, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $10 million loan designed to help Belize improve its primary education and the governance of its education system. The program aims to prepare the teachers of today and tomorrow by supporting...

UWI doctorate for Sir Ronald Sanders

June 14, 2014
UWI doctorate for Sir Ronald Sanders ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced the award of an honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLtt) to outstanding Guyanese/Antiguan scholar, journalist and diplomat Sir Ronald Michael Sanders, 66, KCMG, KCN, AM, in recognition of his long and distinguished...

Commentary: Education: It's time to come out of the nosedive... successfully

June 14, 2014
Commentary: Education: It's time to come out of the nosedive... successfully Most economists, prime ministers and politicians are very happy if economic activity shows growth of at least two percent each year. When a plane goes into a nosedive does anyone get anxious? I think you know the answer! Part of what drives an improving economy is the increasing knowledge and...

Barbados minister urges defaulters to repay student loans

June 9, 2014
Barbados minister urges defaulters to repay student loans BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With some $28 million owed to the Student Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF), Barbados minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, told defaulters at a press conference on Friday: pay back the money you owe or else!

Haitian PM joins MIT faculty and administrators to develop education opportunities

June 7, 2014
Haitian PM joins MIT faculty and administrators to develop education opportunities CAMBRIDGE, USA -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on Thursday joined MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty and administrators and MIT-Haiti Initiative leaders for a planning session on the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, a joint partnership between Massachusetts Institute of...

Grenada secures Chinese backing for new teaching hospital

June 3, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada has secured backing from the Chinese government and other overseas partners who will join St George’s University (SGU) in establishing a new teaching hospital in the country, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has announced.

OECS member states consider new instrument to monitor early childhood development centres

May 28, 2014
OECS member states consider new instrument to monitor early childhood development centres BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is facilitating discussions among early childhood coordinators/directors/education officers towards adopting a proposed instrument for routine monitoring of early childhood development (ECD) centres.

Commentary: Becoming a teacher in Trinidad

May 27, 2014
Commentary: Becoming a teacher in Trinidad On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the temporary safety of their spacecraft Apollo 11 and entered into the lunar module – ‘a flying box’ – which descended and landed safely onto the moon’s surface. Armstrong reported that his biggest concern about landing on the moon...

UWI terminates professor's contract following testimony in gay sex case

May 22, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has terminated the contract of Professor Brendan Bain as director of the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) of the Caribbean HIV/Training (CHART) Network following his expert testimony in a high-profile case in Belize.

Caribbean classrooms of the future initiative launched in Trinidad and Tobago

May 22, 2014
Caribbean classrooms of the future initiative launched in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A series of technologically advanced classrooms, designed to benefit thousands of students and educators in schools across the Caribbean, is being launched following a commitment from international telecommunications company Samsung to the Organization of American States.

Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean takes off

May 20, 2014
Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean takes off ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The first Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean has already graduated its first cohort of 23 students in an inaugural module on contemporary diplomacy. The Academy, a joint project between the government of Trinidad and Tobago and its ministry of foreign affairs...

UWI vice-chancellor to demit office in 2015

May 16, 2014
UWI vice-chancellor to demit office in 2015 MONA, Jamaica -- Vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor E. Nigel Harris, has announced that he will demit office in April 2015. At that time, he will have served for ten years as vice-chancellor, a time he believes appropriate to serve as senior administrator.

UWI's revised grade point average scheme starts 2014/2015 academic year

May 16, 2014
MONA, Jamaica -- A revised grade point average (GPA) scheme will be introduced by the University of the West Indies (UWI) from the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year. Changes to the GPA were approved by the board for undergraduate studies in 2011 and the UWI had announced...

Medical school opens third new campus in St Vincent

May 6, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Saint James School of Medicine has announced the opening of its third campus located on the Caribbean island of St Vincent. For the past 14 years, the Saint James School of Medicine group of medical schools has provided accessible, affordable and quality education...

CXC launching new generation CAPE subjects

May 6, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will launch five new-generation subjects for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) during the month of May 2014. The five new CAPE subjects for teaching in September 2014...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The Charlotte Mason Educational Approach

April 28, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The Charlotte Mason Educational Approach Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: The Charlotte Mason Educational Approach. The hope is that this submission...

Bahamian diplomats push for renewed access to Fulbright program for local students

April 26, 2014
Bahamian diplomats push for renewed access to Fulbright program for local students WASHINGTON, USA -- Renewed access to the Fulbright Program for Bahamian students was discussed during a high-level meeting held at Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department on Thursday. Dr Eugene Newry, Bahamas ambassador to the United States, participated in...

CXC visual arts exhibition opens in Anguilla on Sunday

April 25, 2014
CXC visual arts exhibition opens in Anguilla on Sunday THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The 2014 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) 2014 Visual Arts Exhibition opens at the Rodney MacArthur Rey Auditorium, The Valley, Anguilla this Sunday 27 April at 4:30 pm. Jerome Roberts, minister of education in Anguilla, will deliver the feature address.

Coming soon: The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

April 18, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will formally open the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, on May 6, 2014. The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean...

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...

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