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J'can Embassy in US hosts UWI reception

Monday, December 09, 2013    

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THE Jamaican Embassy in Washington, DC, recently hosted a reception to promote the University of the West Indies (UWI) in an apparent bid by the educational institution to attract more students.

Minna Israel, special advisor to the UWI vice-chancellor on resource development, took the opportunity to inform the gathering about various initiatives being undertaken with respect to the four campuses of the university (including the UWI Open Campus).

Israel noted, for instance, that the UWI is actively enhancing its international outreach efforts and improving alumni relations.

With respect to the Mona Campus, Israel pointed out that there has been significant expansion in student numbers, including in the areas of medicine, management studies (where there has been a fusion of the Mona School of Business and the Department of Management Studies), and law.

In his welcome remarks, Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Stephen Vasciannie emphasised the importance of UWI as a centre of intellectual excellence for the Caribbean, and highlighted some joint efforts between the UWI and American institutions, such as Howard University and the American University in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Vasciannie also singled out for special mention the George Willey Lecture Series which, in recent months, has seen two well-received lectures at Mona by noted United States academics.

Among the guests at the reception, which was sponsored by the UWI, were Vasant Bharat, Trinidad and Tobago's minister of trade, industry and investment; OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin; Ambassador Dame Deborah Mae Lovell of Antigua; Ambassador Neil Parson of Trinidad and Tobago; George Willey, senior partner, Bert Smith & Co; Professor Barron Harvey, dean of Howard University Business School; Professor Lisa Crooms-Robinson, interim dean of Howard University Law School; and Professor Sha-Shana Crichton, UWI Alumni Association, Washington, DC.

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