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UWI Cave Hill campus in Barbados to expand
Published on February 23, 2011 Email To Friend    Print Version

by Caribbean News Now Staff'

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados now boasts a student population of 10,000 but this will be increased significantly according to the principal.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, speaking at the opening ceremony of Research Week at the campus on Monday, said with the model put into effect in another three years he was expecting the university to be on target.

The Nation newspaper reported that Beckles said, of the 12,000 students he expected in three years, 20 percent would be graduate students pursuing PhDs and master's degrees.

"If we can construct that model, then we can proceed to establish that in a coherent way with respect to the allocation of the funding and we are on our way, because for the first time in the history of Cave Hill campus, the minister of education was able to pilot, through his Cabinet, the allocation of research funds for graduate research students," he added.

In 2010, the university received $1 million from the government to support 15 research scholars, which covers a three-year period. Thirty scholars are currently benefitting from the grants.

The principal said the $2 million the institution received so far from the government would enable it to have "full time research students".
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