New UWI Campus by year end.

Outgoing Principal of the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Barbados will have a new City Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) by year end.

In his final media conference before taking up his new post as Vice Chancellor of the UWI, outgoing Principal of Cave Hill Campus, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles announced this morning that the first set of students should start entering the former Mutual Building on Lower Broad Street where the City Campus is being housed.

Sir Hilary explained that these students would receive their academic instructions via video conferencing, a technology that is used successfully elsewhere.

He said there are plans to expand the City offerings even beyond the old Mutual Building.

The Vice Chancellor-designate, who takes up his new post on Friday, revealed that the Cave Hill Campus administration was currently in discussion with Minister of Housing and Lands, Denis Kellman to use a section of the old National Insurance

Building at the corner of Probyn Street and Fairchild Street to provide additional academic programmes of study.

Even though Sir Hilary will be based in Jamaica, he has offices at the other two UWI campuses – St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago and Cave Hill – from where he will also be working at times.(EJ)

12 Responses to New UWI Campus by year end.

  1. Christian Thorne
    Christian Thorne April 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm


  2. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott April 28, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    …….now aren’t you supposed to be hemorrhaging from lack of funds? this sounds like a priority out of sync ! ,,,” you suffer the children to come unto you ,,,and tossed them out !….mandela park, new track. new housing, now new city campus?…boggles the mind!

  3. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott April 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    What is the collateral damage Sir.?

  4. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott April 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Since 1994, with the exodus of 400, 000 IBM workers from main street NY, aided by the lap top culture the new work place that failed to remain static . within recent time and with the introduction of newer apps and security features, the palm top has been utilized to foster e-courses worldwide. All levels of study has adapted to this new ” workplace”.

  5. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott April 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    It is evident with this new revelation of yours , that we are 20 years behind in our modeling of our university. I beg to inform you Sir; that their is absolutely no need to house E-courses outside of your present setting at Cave hill campus for the sake of mimicking “the state colleges” of big cities- especially in this small island. It is an added cost, for which we are lacking funds to maintain, as well as old hat.. I have noticed ( others as well ) your “infrastructural building focus ” during your tenure at the somewhat detriment of the need to build educational structure. This last straw/ ditch , now attenuates to the culmination of a model whose time has expired due lack of keeping up pace with “compu-app” speed. Kindly review your thinking and act accordingly with present day educational formats…the new work-place is now dynamic Sir! Sincerely.

  6. Olujimi Clarke
    Olujimi Clarke April 29, 2015 at 12:59 am

    David Prophet

  7. C. Louis C. King April 29, 2015 at 7:54 am

    A previous letter written by me off the top of my head, may contain certain inaccuracies, but my central point remains.

    The university is not a branch of Government. A portion of its funding does, but its control does not fall under the purview of the Ministry of Education. Yes, it is publicly funded, but it is publicly funded by some 17 nations. Money from 16 other nations contribute to the upkeep of the UWI, so the Barbados Government alone cannot determine whether the UWI will flourish, or not. The site of the campus, certainly affects but does not determine the fate or functioning of this independent institution.
    We certainly can but of course we won’t, cut off our nose, and withdraw our funding, but the university would l not perish if we did. The only people who would suffer for such an act would be Barbadians.

  8. Patrick Blackman April 29, 2015 at 9:30 am

    @Steve Jemmot: you are absolutely right, this guy surely has his priorities all wrong.

  9. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale April 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    The DLP could learn a thing or 2 about progress & growth from this so-called “alternative government”..

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne April 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Or, as Freundel terms it, a “political government”.

  10. Michael Bait Williams
    Michael Bait Williams April 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    New infrastructure hmmm… for whom to to benefit? The selfish ambitions of a one man. While poor people now need loans to get a degree. The degree that once was the solution for the poor mans situation.. a chance for a better tomorrow. Who the faxk cares about a new uwi. More degrees were earned in an old UWI


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