Twenty-five students from the BSc Software Engineering at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Mona campus, will depart for Suzhou, China later this year to complete their engineering studies.
The students, along with their parents, met with Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid earlier this month to discuss the program and travel plans.
The program is a pioneering effort by Vice-Chancellor Beckles who has been seeking ways to establish a UWI Centre in China that will produce a generation of software engineers for Jamaica and the Caribbean.
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 program.
Minister Reid also 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.
He noted that the scholarship was one of the ways of supporting Jamaica’s insertion and leadership in the fourth industrial revolution.
Additionally, he underscored the point that this is part of 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 center 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.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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