The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. 05 February 2018 — Twenty-five students from the BSc Software Engineering at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Mona campus, along with their parents, met with Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid on February 2, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the terms and conditions of their departure for Suzhou, China later this year as part of the programme.
Since 2015, Vice-Chancellor Beckles has been pioneering a strategy to establish a UWI Centre in China that will produce a generation of software engineers for Jamaica and the Caribbean, in order to lay the foundation for the much needed digital revolution in the region. Speaking at the meeting, Vice-Chancellor Beckles noted that the Global Institute of Software Technology in Suzhou, The UWI’s strategic partner, will receive the students for their completion of the third and fourth year of the joint BSc programme.
Minister Reid, to the delight of students and parents, reaffirmed his commitment to a science and technology scholarship for the Jamaican students who will be meeting counterparts from the Cave Hill campus in Suzhou.
Speaking on need to support Jamaica’s insertion and leadership in the fourth industrial revolution, Minister Reid also indicated that the scholarship was the Government’s way of preparing and investing in the next generation for the task at hand, which is producing skills for developing and sustaining Technology Parks for industrial transformation. The initiative, the Minister stated, “Will help to position Jamaica and the region, and UWI, squarely at the centre of the science education system of China and will trigger in the near future a considerable industry alignment with the China economy.”
Vice-Chancellor Beckles commended the Minister for his critical support and noted that The UWI, with the support of the Government of Jamaica, was implementing the wish of China’s president, Xi Jinping, who agreed with CARICOM to facilitate industrial technology transfer to the region during his visit to the Caribbean in 2015.
Applications are now open for the 2018/2019 intake to the BSc Software Engineering programme. Find out more at www.uwi.edu/softwareengineering.