BUILT TO LAST: With the arrival of 2018, the University of the West Indies (UWI) is celebrating seven decades as “a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development, standing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of our people.” At this juncture, says Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles, reflection, renewal and continuity are crucial. “As the UWI celebrates its 70th anniversary milestone, it will celebrate its students, faculty administrators, alumni, governments and partners in public and private sector,” Beckles notes. “It will focus on reflection, as well as projection for the future, with an emphasis on social justice and the economic transformation of the region.”
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“Greater access to higher education will afford the skills that are required to participate in the global economy. These will not come from the primary and secondary levels of the education system. These levels are critical for building numeracy and literacy and laying the foundation for future learning. More citizens must participate in higher education to further acquire the skills needed for participation in a new economy.” – Newspaper columnist and lecturer Prof. Densil Williams