UWI enrolment and revenue dip

Six months after Barbadian students were forced to start paying tuition fees at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) outgoing principal Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is reporting a 21 per cent decline in enrolment as of January this year.

Giving an account of his stewardship in an 82-page annual report for 2013-2014, Sir Hilary said that enrolment stood at 6,863, representing a fall off of 1,771 students when compared to the corresponding period last year.

The substantial drop in student registration was reflected in a major decrease in income for the campus.

Revenue from tuition and other student fees fell by about $1 million – from $32.7 million in 2013 to $31.7 million.

The significant fall in student numbers has occurred despite the combined efforts of the campus and various financial institutions in Barbados to aid those who could not afford to pay the tuition fees.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Sir Hilary’s report gave a breakdown of the impact the tuition fee policy has been having on the faculties, noting that Faculty of Social Sciences which accounts for the largest number of students experienced a 23 per cent decrease in enrolment; the Faculty of Humanities and Education has been hit by a 30 per cent fall in undergraduate and graduate populations; the Faculty of Science and Technology has seen a 13 per cent decline; and the number of students enrolled in the Faculties of Law and Medical Sciences have dropped by seven per cent and two per cent respectively.

“While the campus continued to be deeply troubled by its financial situation, and especially by the negative impact that the new tuition policy will have on the human resource development of Barbados and especially on persons in the lower income brackets, it has taken comfort in the continued support of the Government of Barbados which has provided the campus with sufficient funds in time to meet the campus’ monthly payroll as well as some relative alleviation of outstanding debts,” Sir Hilary said.

3 Responses to UWI enrolment and revenue dip

  1. Tony Webster April 8, 2015 at 7:16 am

    The gentleman is fighting the good fight, and has gained precious insights into cutting dealing with politicians. Government is “sorta” helping:- salvaging some scintilla of its honor…in grudgingly delivering pitifully weak resonances of long-standing committments solemnly given to Cave Hill.
    The irony , however, is that if our university was viewed as any other undertaking, whether big or small, and resilience, and adaptability in a changed environment was crucial … but The Hill could not re-invent itself…it would simply suffer the fate of all others: it would go out of business.
    You know (or ought to know) how it is in the forest when one old, giant tree crashes to the ground: lots, and lots of young saplings…happily spring-up…and joyously start growing upwards. That’s just how the cou-cou crumbles!

    Which shall serve our future generations best: ONE mega-gorilliphant monster, sucking-away at government’s teats…(indeed, soomewhat like the Q.E.H., government, itself) or a choice of several nimble, specialist ones, with private-sector and corporate-donor involvement?
    Irrefutably, our U.W.I. campuses have led us newly-independent “Caribbean Children” into a new dawn. But folks…are we not now grown up? We must look about us, and act …as adults, according reality its due: being responsible not simply for maintaining the status quo, but more importantly, for creating the best possible, relevant – and global- futures for those following.
    Q.E.D….Industry, then Pride

  2. Patrick Blackman April 8, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Sir Hilary has always been an educated idiot as we say, may be we could use the money spent of the Masters program in cricket… fool

    • Dwayne Jordan April 8, 2015 at 10:15 am

      How much $ was spent on the masters program?


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