WASHINGTON DC: Learners of The College of the West Indies, Mona campus could quickly gain from a partnership with United States-centered universities that would see them taking part in review-abroad exchange and research programmes.
The framework for the collaboration in between The University of the West Indies and many Historically Black Universities and Schools (HBCUs) in Washington, DC, Maryland and Delaware was laid subsequent a series of meetings organised by Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks.
Professor Dale Webber, pro vice-chancellor and principal of College of the West Indies (Mona) frequented several universities in the Usa to investigate the expanded collaboration in investigation and exchange systems.
He positioned a particular concentration on a team of HBCUs in the United States to start the procedure of generating possibilities for Jamaican students attending the UWI to integrate a analyze aboard expertise in the Usa.
The arrangement will entail the development of trade programmes for pupils at UWI Mona and learners attending HBCUs to have reciprocal stays of a semester, a yr or two a long time at the taking part universities when finishing their diploma programmes.
Ambassador Marks explained she was really delighted that the HBCUs experienced acknowledged her invitation to have a direct dialogue with The UWI, Mona specified the critical purpose that HBCUs go on to participate in in educating customers of the Jamaican diaspora in the United States. “We strongly believe that that we have so substantially much more similarities than variations amongst The University of the West Indies and the HBCUs but to day we have not thoroughly structured ourselves to utilize these similarities to develop strengths.”
“It is important that African American pupils can vacation to Jamaica or the Caribbean, not only to get a diploma, but to broaden their education and learning expertise and entire world perspective, exactly where they are not constrained by getting a minority.
The moment people today have experienced the publicity and see that they can be something they want, they are viewing them selves in a larger context exactly where it alterations their way of thinking to want to do significantly far more.
“It’s also really crucial for The UWI to have a lot more exchanges wherever we give our younger people an option to go overseas for even a semester or a yr and get that diverse practical experience they appear back transformed not only for on their own, but also for their households, their communities and the wider country,” Ambassador Marks noticed.
Professor Dale Webber, along with UWI Campus Registrar Dr. Donovan Stanberry and bursar, Catherine Park-Thwaites, achieved with top amount officers of the HBSUs to perform out the facts of the proposed collaboration.
Chairman of US President Joe Biden’s Board of Advisers on Traditionally Black Schools and Universities, Dr. Tony Allen, reported, “There are strategic interests involving the West Indies, Jamaica, and black America as it relates to how we educate our children. To be able to connect the broader HBCUs to what is correctly the sixth area of the African diaspora, is important to us. That is why interactions like the one particular we are making with The UWI right here with Delaware state will be similarly worthwhile, and, if accomplished very well, will serve as a model for other HBCUs all over the country.”
The Biden-Harris administration has fully commited a lot more than $5.8 billion in help for HBCUs via the American Rescue Approach.
Dr. Allen, who is also president of Delaware Point out University, claimed even more:
“The alternatives becoming presented are to do joint diploma programmes, the place you begin a diploma programme at Delaware State, and you can total that programme at The UWI. Our university has completed identical programmes with other universities outdoors of the US and applying this with The UWI would be a acquire-win circumstance.”
He claimed, in quick buy his international affairs office will be checking out Jamaica early following month with a look at to finalising the discussion which will outcome in the signing of a memorandum of knowledge. He explained the conference with the Jamaican delegation and the ambassador as really fruitful and a robust commencing that will be extremely prosperous and effective to both of those universities.
HBCUs are greater education institutions within just the United States that were at first established with a mandate of offering better schooling possibilities to African-American learners. This was accomplished in the 19th century to offset the historic injustices of slavery, and later on segregation and their ensuing effect on education in just the black community.
There are at this time just above 100 HBCUs in the United States, representing somewhere around three per cent of US increased-instruction institutions. These establishments are concentrated close to the south-eastern United States. Though predominantly catering to black/African-American students, non-black learners created up approximately 24 for every cent of enrolment at HBCUs.