Pro-vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles Asserts that UWI is “No Burden”

Financial constraints have been striking universities worldwide, prompting discussions about the future of well-respected institutions. Here is an item from Barbados’ University of the West Indies-Cave Hill; historian Sir Hilary Beckles comments on the situation:

University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Cave Hill Campus’ Pro-vice Chancellor and Principal Sir Hilary Beckles has lauded the position taken by Sir Roy Marshall about whether funding of the university was a burden to the State. The Tom Adams Government’s concern was dismissed by the noted educator who was appointed to carry out a probe.

Sir Hilary was speaking on Thursday, years after the commission of inquiry, while delivering the Democratic Labour Party’s public lecture to mark its 56th anniversary on the topic “How Sustainable Is the Barrow Vision for Tertiary Education Funding in Barbados,” at the Frank Collymore Hall.

“His [Sir Roy’s] report was clear,” Sir Hilary said. “He told the Adams Government that the Cave Hill Campus was grossly and severely under-funded and rather than it be a burden upon this nation, it is a liability because it is crippled by financial shortages and ought to be empowered to serve the purpose for which it was established.”

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