Tuesday 11th September, 2018-Members of the University of the West Indies concluded a two-day feasibility study today that was aimed at assessing the progress being made by Antigua and Barbuda in establishing the fourth campus of the University of the West Indies.
While here, the three member team along with Hyram Forde Principal of the Antigua State College held meetings with Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin on the work being carried out at the Five Islands facility.
Minister Benjamin reiterated the need for the University Campus to be established in Antigua and Barbuda. He noted that his government has a vision that within 5-10 years of operation, the educational facility will have great economic benefit not only to Antigua but the region.
Benjamin continued, “The access to higher education is very limited to small island countries and studies have been done to prove this; the opening of a fourth University Campus of the West Indies is critical, as it will be far more accessible to all persons and will promote the further development of the country as a whole.”
Principal of the Antigua State College Hyram Forde says the importance of the topic being discussed is understood and all measures must be put in place by the government to ensure that it becomes a reality.
Benjamin added that provisions will be made to ensure that the University once established will receive adequate funding from the government.