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Cave Hill to Establish New Faculty

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, March 11, 2019

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For the first time in more than 50 years, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus will be establishing a new Faculty.

At the annual Campus Council meeting on Friday, March 11, 2019, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau tabled a paper to approve a new faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts.

“The Faculty will provide intellectual leadership and career opportunities in the cultural industries. Additionally, the current structure will assure institutional prominence and marketing visibility for the degrees in cultural studies, film, dance and theatre,” she told a post-meeting press conference.

“It is [also] important to note that this new Faculty will be established with no additional costs for physical resources or staff, but with tremendous economic benefit to The UWI and the country.”

Currently, courses related to culture and the arts are taught in the department of Cultural Studies which is housed in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, while the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) is a self-contained entity offering programmes in film, dance and theatre.

The new Faculty will be Cave Hill’s latest since the establishment of the Faculty of Law in 1970.

It was one of several announcements made at the press conference, where Barriteau also revealed plans for the construction of a new living facility in Paradise Park, St Michael.

“In May, the Cave Hill Campus will break ground for the construction of a new, 100-room dormitory ... Construction in earnest is slated to start by July 1, 2019. In the past four years, demand for on-campus accommodation has far outstripped our ability to meet it, and we are therefore taking steps to remedy the situation. This dorm will also assist significantly in our internationalization efforts – which are holding great promise – as we seek to provide students from Ghana and other parts of the world with a quality education here at our Campus,” she said.

“The construction of these dorms also comes at a critical time for our local economy, as it will provide a much-needed injection of employment opportunities.”

The Principal noted that the Campus administration was still weighing its financial options in relation to funding the construction of the dormitory.

Barriteau also updated on the progress of the technology park in Lower Broad Street, the City.

“As you may recall, in 2014, Sagicor General handed over the old Mutual Building on Lower Broad Street to the University. After some unfortunate and regretted delays, I am pleased to report that this project is close to completion. Once again, I wish to express sincere thanks to our Chinese partners in providing the financing and technology to make this possible.”

PHOTO: Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave HIll, Professor Eudine Barriteau; Chair of the Campus Council, Sir Paul Altman; and Campus Registrar Kenneth Walters take in one of the questions from the media at the press conference.










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