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UWI Open Campus to reopen in the Turks

Sunday, September 02, 2018

The U niversity of the West Indies (The UWI) Open Campus is partnering with the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to reestablish a physical presence in the territory with the re-launch of The UWI Open Campus Turks and Caicos.

The move, which comes in the wake of an increasing number of TCI residents in The UWI's online programmes, will see the reopening of The UWI Open Campus TCI in Providenciales following the closure of the site in Grand Turk some years ago. The reintroduction will allow for ease of access to the university's online degree programmes as well as its Continuing and Professional Education programmes. It will also serve to strengthen the university's long-standing bonds with the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, the university has said.

The initiative is part of the TCI Government's plan to ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders who may be constrained by economic or social responsibilities can access tertiary education through online/face to face modalities within the borders of the country.

TCI Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Karen Malcolm, said the partnership with The UWI will achieve this goal.

“While education has inherent value beyond the economic function, it is essential for an individual to have a productive and meaningful career. This depends on the opportunities created in the economy. The more vibrant and sophisticated the economy, the more individuals can fulfil their aspirations, and the more governments will have the resources to invest further in education,” she said.

“This partnership between the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and The UWI Open Campus will help many realise their dreams and permit every native of the Turks and Caicos Islands an opportunity to obtain a degree at the tertiary level. Given that most people would love the opportunity to obtain their degree but do not have the time, they now have access to online studies in the comfort of their own home,” the minister added.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth says the university is pleased to collaborate with the Government of the TCI to re-launch the local Site.

“This initiative is particularly significant because it comes during the university's 70th anniversary celebrations and at a time when the university is expanding its operations around the globe,” Dr Longsworth said.

“As the fourth campus of The UWI, we are charged with meeting the needs of The UWI's 14 countries. We are therefore delighted to re-establish our physical presence in the Turks and Caicos Islands to meet the growing needs of our TCI current and potential students, as well as the society at large. The Government of the TCI has been most welcoming and we look forward to realising this important initiative.”

The ongoing discussions have included a number of virtual meetings with minister Malcolm and other education officials, as well as a recent site inspection visit by manager for The UWI Open Campus British Overseas Territories Dr Phyllis Fleming-Banks.