Caribbean students will spend two years at The UWI and two years in China where they will be inducted into the Suzhou industrial park. There they will receive industry experience under the auspices of our partner, The Global Institute for Software Technology. This academic and science training innovation is meant to provide Caribbean students with a unique, globally pioneering access to the latest post-PC internet communications software and technologies, and to create the Caribbean skills set necessary to attract industries into establishing data and information management businesses. This is just the beginning of the roll out of a broad agenda to energise and transform The UWI into an activist academy focused on rekindling the regional development revolution. It is significant that Sir Arthur in 1938 made the critical point, that somehow has gone unnoticed, that in addition to the priority of industrial modernisation in the region, the matter of “two hundred years of unpaid slave labour is yet to be addressed”. Here, then, is to be visualised the crossroad of Caribbean history and global development economics that are oftentimes avoided. It is a discursive space, however, to be confronted. Without committing to this journey it will be impossible for the region to conceptualise a people’s economy that is critical to our emergence from this recessionary circumstance. It’s the role of The UWI to theorise this intersection and indicate the most sustainable path to prosperity. It is here that we can begin to rekindle the spirit of Caribbean freedom, self-reliance, and sovereignty that are prerequisites for economic growth and social development.
This is just the beginning of the roll out of a broad agenda to energise and transform The UWI into an activist academy focused on rekindling the regional development revolution.
PROFESSOR SIR HILARY BECKLES
Vice-Chancellor, The University of the West Indies
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