UWI signs MOU with South African University

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Johannesburg, establishing a joint Institute for Global African Studies.

UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles inked the agreement at the Cave Hill campus Monday afternoon with the visiting Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg Ihron Rensburg.

Pointing out that it was the first such agreement between the UWI and an African university, Sir Hilary said the focus would be on research and policy development.

“Our colleagues from the University of Johannesburg are very keen to work with us in formulating a roadmap for the global African world. There are many challenges, many big questions, and many opportunities and we believe that the university sector has a critical role to play in shaping what will be the roadmap for African peoples everywhere,” Sir Hilary said.

“There are issues of economic development, there are issues of entrepreneurship, of corporate culture, of post-colonial governance; there are issues of climate change, and issues of young people and their identities. These are all issues that are now before us as we imagine a global African world that is much more integrated, collaborating on multiple fronts and . . . it is our belief that research, and teaching and learning must be at the centre of the shift in direction,” he stressed.

Also hailing the agreement, Rensburg pointed out that the population of Africa was forecast to grow to close to 2.2 billion within the next 13 years, and to 4.2 billion by 2070. Read more

Source: Barbados Today

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