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CARIB | Sep 30, 2022

UWI a world-class university, says Sir Hilary Beckles

Tamoy Ashman

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Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI).

The University of the West Indies is celebrating 30 years dedicated to faculty development through its Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) – a programme that has been instrumental in making UWI a world-class university, accoriding ot Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor of The UWI, Mona Hilary Beckles.

At the virtual Vice Chancellor’s Forum held yesterday (September 29), Sir Hilary underscored the importance of teaching and learning to any university.

“Teaching and learning is at the core of what is The UWI. We are fundamentally a teaching and learning institution and it’s critical therefore that we understand this and that in all conversations around quality we emphasise the role of teaching and learning and how to assure quality within the practice of teaching and learning,” he said.

The theme for the forum was ‘Becoming a World Class University: The Contributions of Faculty Development’.

Sir Hilary added that, through UWI, he pioneered the teacher evaluation system which has been instrumental in the development of faculty members, the philosophy of education at The UWI, making the school a world-class university.

“From where I sit, I think we are already a world-class uiversity. Our global rankings is the evidentiary basis of that fact,” said Sir Hilary.

Professor Dale Webber, principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

Echoing his sentiments was Professor Dale Webber, principal of The UWI, Mona who shared that The UWI has become a world-class university through this programme and is now working on maintaining that standing.

“There is no doubt that The University of the West Indies is already a world-class university. And, it is so because of the efforts of the faculty in their teaching, research and outreach,” said Webber.

The online forum also featured presentations and a panel discussion from CETL members at campuses across the region.

Each panelist shared the importance of teacher development, noting that technology has allowed for a hybrid approach to learning, one the UWI has accepted with open arms and will continue.

The panelist included Dr Sylvia Henry, director, CETL, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

Dr Leroy Hill, director, CETL, The UWI, St Augustine Campus, Michelle Stewart-McKoy, Faculty/Educational Developer, CETL, The UWI, Mona Campus, Professor Jayne McGuire, Visiting Fulbright Scholar and International Expert on Universal Design.

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