SUNY, University of the West Indies Highlight Global Collaboration

September 14, 2015

New York City – SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today welcomed University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles in New York City today, as the two systems highlighted their ongoing collaboration for distinguished faculty and campus representatives.

"With a Caribbean Diaspora population of approximately 6 million people in the U.S., one-third of whom reside in the NYC metro area, there is a considerable, mutual need for continued collaboration between SUNY and UWI," said Chairman McCall. "SUNY is beyond grateful for Sir Hilary Beckles’ visionary leadership and partnership, and we look forward to deepening our exchanges in the coming year as a result of this most recent meeting."

The New York City convening included a day of meetings focused on scholarly partnerships already underway at SUNY and UWI, as well as three emerging, overarching areas of focus in health, online and distance education, and youth leadership.   

The University of the West Indies was established with support from the University of London in 1948 as a regional university serving the educational needs of the Commonwealth Caribbean. The UWI receives funding from 17 member countries in the region. They have an annual enrollment of more than 45,000 students on three brick and mortar campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, as well as the Open Campus.

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