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New director of SVUS

Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor E. Nigel Harris, has announced the appointment of Pauline Francis-Cobley as University Programme Coordinator of the Single Virtual University Space, which is currently being established across the UWI.

The SVUS is a cyber-platform that will enable students anywhere in the region to access the best teaching/learning resources from any of the four campuses of The University of The West Indies utilising video-streaming and related modalities.

Technology will power a seamless SVUS environment and promote greater regional integration by sharing more courses across campuses and allowing access to larger numbers of students in the Caribbean’s island-nations. It will serve to enhance research collaboration and effectiveness along with opportunities for international linkages.

Harris noted that “the SVUS will create institutional synergies to bring UWI closer to the notion of a connected university and help UWI build up and exploit a virtual critical mass, to make up for the lack of a physical critical mass”.

Francis-Cobley holds an MSc in Computer Science from Jackson State University, Mississippi and a BSc from UWI, Mona. She brings to the position considerable working experience in the United States, Barbados and Jamaica.

Francis-Cobley was a lecturer in Computer Science at the Cave Hill Campus for more than 17 years. During that time she developed two successful joint degree programmes in conjunction with the Faculty of Social Sciences. She has published several articles in journals and conference proceedings and has written a large number of technical reports and technical manuals.

Her last position was that of training coordinator for UWI’s Open Campus, where she conducted numerous workshops and seminars using various online technologies. Francis-Cobley’s appointment took effect from August 1, 2013.

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