Increase in UWI applicants

From left: Registrar Jacqueline Wade, anniversary celebrations chair Andrew Lewis, Minister Ronald Jones, and Principal Hilary Beckles.

There’s been an increase in the number of people applying for various courses of study at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill.

The announcement was made this morning by Principal Sir Hilary Beckles during the launch of the local institution’s 50th anniversary celebration press conference.

Sir Hilary said there had been an increase in applications this year of between five per cent and six per cent over the previous year. The campus boss told the gathering that included Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones, that the administration was also recording a rising number of males in its graduate programmes.

He cited science and technology as the area where the majority of persons pursuing that discipline were males.

Regarding his vision of seeing one graduate per household in Barbados, Sir Hilary observed that with the existence of about 100,000 households, close to 50 per cent now had a graduate.

The principal also commended the quality and standard of graduates being produced by the Cave Hill Campus.

“Our graduates are among the finest in the world.†We are extremely well respected in the community of universities,” added Sir Hilary.

He was of the view that the standards set by the Cave Hill campus made it a trail blazer.

The UWI head disclosed that 40 per cent of students would be graduate students and he was anticipating that the current 80-20 ratio would soon be 60-40, so that the administration would not have to send an invoice to the Government for undergraduates.

Events for the 50th anniversary celebrations will run throughout the entire year, and will officially start with an ecumenical service in February.

Other activities include public lectures by such academics luminaries as Sir Woodville Marshall on January 31, Sir Hilary and Sir Keith Hunte in February and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson in April.

Persons who have helped to build the university and/or contributed exceptionally to its educational development will be honoured during the year.

Naming ceremonies, book launches, benefactors awards, an archives lecture, health week exhibition and fun day for staff, students, alumni and retirees, a symposium on financial services, an alumni reunion church service and graduate fair, are on the programme of observances. (EJ)

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