The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is making available ten scholarships to Dominicans to study at the UWI Five Islands Campus.
This disclosure has come from Prime Minister Gaston Browne
The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister has maintained that his administration was determined to have the fourth landed campus of the UWI here to serve the developmental needs of the OECS.
He said in essence it will help the sub-region to cover the training gaps and the educational and intellectual gaps within the OECS and to ensure that the sub-region can provide a wide spectrum of socio-economic opportunities for the people. The Prime said that the campus will ensure that the sub-region is more globally competitive.
Prime Minister Browne also pointed out that there will be a significant amount of opportunities not only satisfying the socioeconomic requirements of the people of the OECS, but it also lends to a number of skilled individuals and professors operating within the OECS region which will help its development.
“The reality is that we have been growing at a rate of five percent per annum but in order to sustain that rate of growth, we need to have graduates with the skills in order to sustain that level of growth or increase the growth beyond five percent. I am sure that other countries within the OECS are likely to experience similar rates of growth and having this university in the sub-region is important in terms of making university degrees accessible to individuals within the OECS, recognizing that this area has been an underserved area at the lowest levels of enrolment and graduates. I think it’s a great opportunity for the people of our sub-region,” PM Browne concluded.