Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has called for a stronger partnership between international academic institutions and those in the region.
This afternoon, Mitchell called for these stronger collaborations to be formed as he delivered remarks at the opening ceremony of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), hosted by the US Embassy at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
He indicated that he believed the introduction of many more online courses that bring the perspective of international academic institutions to students in the Caribbean could be added to what was already being offered.
The prime minister said this partnership was important as the Caribbean was forced to compete on the global stage.
“I want to urge a deeper initiative from schools in the United States with institutions in the Caribbean and with the people of the region. I must say to my friends at Howard that I think Howard should have been leading the way.
“I urge a deeper collaboration and more initiatives in the educational development of the region as a whole. We are living in a knowledge society. We are living in the global village where success depend on the quality of society and service it provides,” he said.
From noon to 6 p.m. the HBCU College Fair featured ten HBCU admissions representatives who sought to recruit talented students from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. HBCU’s offer prospective students of al races a unique educational experience, a diverse support system of students and faculty, and access to an expansive network of alumni after graduation.
Prime minister Mitchell who attended a HBCU told the scores of students from secondary schools across Barbados that going abroad for some form of academic training would be a plus for them because of the institutions educational history and success of producing top students around America who are making tremendous contribution in all areas of life in the United States and around the world.
“You would find that the opportunities are quite enormous in whatever field you choose. I suggest the academic area must be a serious consideration. Yes the academics, but the most important thing for me was the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world. I met students from all over the world, and being of African descent it was important for me to meet more of my brothers and sisters . . . .
“I think you become richer when you get to know more of your fellow human beings,” he said.