China campus to serve as pathway for region’s students

Even before officially taking office as the vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, or UWI, Sir Hilary Beckles has already inked an agreement to set up a campus outpost of the regional university in Beijing, writes Andre Poyser for The Gleaner.

In an exclusive interview with The Gleaner, Beckles disclosed that he has signed a memorandum of understanding with a university located in the heart of the information communication technology district in China. "We have signed an MOU with the Global Institute for Software Technology [GIST], whereby we are proposing to establish a branch of the UWI in China, and they, in turn, will establish a branch of GIST in UWI," he said.

Beckles indicated that a key aspect of the agreement is that each graduate will be entitled to a six-month internship with a company located in Suzhou Industrial Park. This, Beckles said, would create a pathway for Caribbean citizens into the Chinese technology world. The signing of the MOU forms part of Beckles' vision to have the UWI meet the needs of the region.
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