The UWI Five Islands Campus, Antigua & Barbuda 25 October 2021— The University of the West Indies, Five Islands Campus (FIC) will collaborate with Harvard Business School, through its Harvard Business Online portfolio to offer it Credential of Readiness (CORe) programme to the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and the wider OECS region. The collaboration will be offered through The UWI FIC’s newly launched Lifelong Learning Unit which was created to improve the competitiveness of the workforce within the region.
CORe is a combination of three courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. The programme is designed to enable working adults to master essential business skills, participate fully in organizational decision-making and advance their careers. Courses will be delivered through an online interactive platform. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of how business professionals and entrepreneurs develop problem-solving skills and compete in the global market. The course includes access to digital case studies from diverse organizations and learning from the experiences and perspectives of a global community of peers. Upon successful completion of the CORe programme, participants will earn the Credential of Readiness designation from Harvard Business School Online and The UWI Five Islands Campus.
Principal of The UWI Five Islands Campus, Professor Densil A. Williams noted, “Collaboration with a prestigious and globally recognized brand such as Harvard Business School is testimony to the high quality standards which The UWI adheres in its teaching and learning activities. The CORe programme will help the workforce in the region to improve its skill-set and productivity and to drive stronger growth in these economies. Bringing flexible and affordable opportunities to the citizens of the OECS region is a commitment The UWI Five Islands Campus made and will be delivering on, over coming years. This collaboration with Harvard Business School is a part of that journey.”
Patrick Mullane, Executive Director of HBS Online, expressed his excitement in working with The UWI FIC. “Online learning has proven to be a powerful way to extend the benefits of education to all corners of the world. We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with The UWI FIC and honoured to be a part of this important initiative to help citizens of the OECS region develop business skills that can advance their careers and contribute to the economic development of the region” he stated.
The Lifelong Learning Unit serves as the entity through which The UWI FIC will offer a suite of professional development courses to enable citizens of Antigua and Barbuda and the wider OECS region, opportunities to improve workforce credentials and become more globally competitive in the labour market. The Unit was established in August 2021 and formally launched on October 25, 2021 by Hon. Daryll Matthew, Minister of Education of Antigua and Barbuda.