Scholarships on decline
BCC registrar admits that college must take full blame for the drop
The number of Canada-CARICOM and Emerging Leaders Of Americas Programme (ELAP) scholarships are declining and the Barbados Community College (BCC) must take the blame.
So said registrar of the college, Sydney Arthur, who this morning admitted to Barbados TODAY that the blame rested solely at the feet of the BCC because it was proactive in establishing and maintaining relationships with other colleges and universities overseas.
In an interview after the presentation of ELAP/Canada-CARICOM scholarships to BCC students to attend St Lawrence, Lakeland, Canadore and Fanshawe colleges in Canada, Arthur revealed that the BCC had gone from having a relationship with nearly 25 universities in Canada to a little more than four now. He stressed that as the international liaison officer, and with the understanding that several colleges particularly in Canada were very keen to link with the BCC, he would like to establish links with as many colleges there as possible. However, he said, his hands were tied as far as finances went.
“All institutions of higher education have someone who is the international liaison person [whose] job is to travel and keep his hands on the pulse to encourage more students to come to study . . . . But resources do not permit for me to make a similar trip to Canada. I am sure if I had to go to St Lawrence University I can get them to take more students.
“BCC needs to take on board the notion that in order for these programmes to grow, in terms of the number of students going, we have to bring more institutions on board, and we can’t do that from sitting here,” he said.
“The platform is there, but it is for us to have a section of the college that deals with the internationalization of education and really allocate some funds for that department to operate. I appreciate that [funds are limited], but you can’t make omelets without breaking eggs . . . . This is a good opportunity, especially for students coming from backgrounds where they don’t have a lot of cash, and I want more Barbadians to benefit from this programme because this experience does for the students what no classroom, lecturer or textbook can do,” Arthur added.