Maurice Merchant, Director-General of Government Communications
“The education you deliver must do more than certify capacity and knowledge in specific fields of study, it must also liberate the mind and imbue an understanding of the place of the Caribbean in the world, and the continuous struggle in which we are involved, not only to progress our region economically but also to preserve and protect our identity, our self-worth and our self-respect.”
Those were the words of Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne while addressing a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in St. John’s on Thursday last.
Prime Minister Browne told the gathering that no institution has done more to shape our people into global competitors than UWI. He noted that is why he insisted, among his cabinet colleagues, that the option of a university must be the 4th Landed campus of the University of the West Indies.
The country’s leader also addressed the role of UWI in developing the intellectual capacity of the OECS Sub-region, the dividends to be derived from investing in education, how Caribbean leadership can be enhanced through the strengthening of the region’s intellectual base and the role of UWI in the region’s models of development.Key-Note-Speech-by-the-Honourable-Gaston-Browne