Caribbean University Opens Computer Center with Chinese Aid

The University of the West Indies (UWI) will open in September a computer engineering center at its headquarters in Jamaica and Barbados with support from the Global Institute of Technology in China.

According to the news website Caribflame, it is an association between the two entities that offer scholarships to young Caribbean interested in that subject.

These colleges will work in particular by creating a software industry with talent Caribbean.

UWI project seeks to encourage new generations to be inserted deeper into the world of computing, and to develop in them skills and abilities that allows them to get a job.

It is also proposed to train professionals who influence in their communities by having good social behavior and a high level of education.

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UWI goes global

The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) in Suzhou, China, are to set up a UWI China Institute of Science and Technology this year.

The institute, jointly established, owned and operated by the UWI and GIST, will see its first cohort begin studies towards a BSc in Science and Technology at UWI in September 2016.

According to UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles, the institute will utilise a ‘two plus two’ model in which students will experience the first two years of instruction at the UWI and the final two years at the GIST in China.

“This great project is the first major step of UWI into the global space. We have had relationships with hundreds of universities all over the world over several decades, but this is the first occasion that UWI is partnering with another university to establish a new university,” Sir Hilary said at a news conference at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona, on Saturday

“One of the largest nations of the world has now partnered with one of the smallest nations; this is truly significant!” Sir Hilary declared.

GIST Executive Chairman Dr Wang Bin Tai spoke of the establishment of a UWI China Institute in Suzhou, a project which, he said, “will develop a platform for change between the young people in China and the Caribbean”.

He noted, too, that “Caribbean students who complete their degrees in China will enjoy all the privileges that Chinese students do, including bursaries, scholarships and internships”.

Dr Wang said that he hoped the institute would serve to mutually increase knowledge about and appreciation for the history and culture of the people of the Caribbean and China.

Jamaica’s Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said that the Government was “in full support of the UWI China Institute of Science and Technology”.

Referencing former Prime Minister Michael Manley as the man who led the world in recognition of the ‘One China’ policy, Thwaites said “he would be happy today at the way the relationship between China and Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean is developing”.

“Jamaica’s development depends on it becoming a location noted for excellence and innovation in science and technology and this institute is an important step in equipping the Caribbean as centres of study and overall excellence in all fields, and in particular in science, technology, engineering and math,” Thwaites said.

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