Ambassador Richard Bernal now UWI professor of practice

Monday, November 19, 2018

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FORMER Jamaican Ambassador to the United States Dr Richard Bernal has been made a professor of practice (PoP) in international economic policy at The University of the West Indies (UWI), where he currently serves as pro-vice chancellor, global affairs.

The UWI said it introduced the position of professor of practice to strengthen the long-standing tradition of exposing its students to practitioners with considerable experience, thereby complementing the members of the academic faculty. PoPs combine considerable practical experience with substantial scholarly credentials.

“Professors of practice will be adjunct faculty, sharing their real world experience and thereby reinforcing the practice of combining the scholarly and the practical in teaching and research — which has been the hall-mark of medicine, engineering, management and law,” The UWI said.

Ambassador Bernal, an economist of more than 40 years' experience, is a senior associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC. He has worked in economic policy at the national, regional and international levels.

He has been in senior executive, diplomatic and technical posts in, government, regional organisations, and international development finance institutions and the private sector. His educational training includes the degrees of BSc, MA, PhD (Economics), and Masters in International Public Policy.

In addition to his extensive policy experience, Dr Bernal has published over 100 articles in scholarly journals, books, and monographs, as well as opinion editorials in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times and the Miami Herald.

He is the author of three books: Globalisation, Trade and Economic Development — The CARIFORM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Dragon in the Caribbean — China's Global Re-Positioning. Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, April, 2014, revised 2nd edition, August, 2016); and The Influence of Small States on Superpowers: Jamaica and US Foreign Policy (University of the West Indies Press, 2017).

He has appeared on The McNeil-Lehrer Report, CNN, PBS and BBC radio, and has been quoted in the prestigious Financial Times and the New York Times.

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