Government gives 85 acres to UWI

Education Minister, Mrs. Franka Alexis-Bernadine and Prof. E. Nigel Harris, UWI Vice Chancellor sign agreements in the presence of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and Dr Curtis Jacobs, Head of UWI Open Campus, Grenada among others

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) led Government has formally transferred 85 acres of real estate to the University of the West Indies to facilitate a campus in St. Andrew.

The transfer of property to UWI makes Grenada the contributor of the third largest parcel of land to the University chain. The Campus will be constructed in Hope, St Andrew, and documents to formalize the arrangement were presented to Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor E. Nigel Harris during a ceremony at the Ministerial Complex last week Friday.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas who presented the documents for the land called the move for a UWI campus in Grenada a “significant investment in the future of the people of Grenada,” particularly the island’s northeastern section of the island.

He said that project would afford both short-term and long-term progress to Hope and surrounding areas, similar to the changes and enhancements that came with campus locations in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica.

The Congress Leader said the decision to locate the campus in the Hope area is in keeping with his government’s pre-election pledge to decentralize development and make education accessible to all. He said Government is “sparing no effort in making all possible opportunities available”, including partnering with the UWI to expand its operations in Grenada, to the benefit of “our children and children’s children.”

“For many years governments have focused on short term interests. We took the bold decision to raise the bar and instead placed our attention on securing our future by investing in the education of our people allowing them to take advantage of the opportunities that are becoming and will become available. We are proud of our achievements in this area,” he said.

Vice Chancellor, UWI, Prof. E. Nigel Harris says construction of the campus is expected to commence in stages within months.

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