UWI Open Campus ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure Series

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Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald announces the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) launch of its its second ‘ScholarShip’ Cruise and Learn Adventure series scheduled for April 6 to 17, 2014 aboard the Coral Princess from the elegant Princess Cruises Line.

“We’re continuing our tradition of linking the Caribbean through innovative activities in higher education,” said UWI Open Campus Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, who initiated the idea of the cruise. [. . .] The UWI Open Campus ventured into the world of travel through this sea adventure in order to offer a broad educational experience of the Caribbean, campus media spokesperson Suzette Wolfe said. The cruise was designed to bring more focus on Caribbean education and history and the UWI’s contribution to the growth and development of the region, by featuring the best of what the UWI has to offer through its on-board and on-site researchers, historians, linguists, archeologists, naturalists, and other specialized academic areas.

The 2014 trip originates from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, with ports of call at Ocho Rios in Jamaica; Limon in Costa Rica; the Panama Canal and Colon in Panama; Cartegena in Colombia; and Aruba. Guests will enjoy learning interesting facts and figures about the different countries from exciting presentations by guest lecturers before exploring the countries. The programme will include a briefing on the historical, cultural, maritime and geo-political features of each port and the bio-diversity linking the Caribbean and Central and South America, with speakers and facilitators from the University of the West Indies. The 11-day cruise will also feature in-country visits to several interesting sites. [. . .]

The first ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure in April 2011 was very successful based on the glowing accounts by those who made the trip. Many friends from the UWI were reunited after several years apart, reconnected with families, learned about their Caribbean neighbours, and established strong network connections on the cruise.

“We hope that more UWI stakeholders across the region and outside of the region will book to cruise with us next April as their generous support will create an unforgettable life experience for them, and will also help us to create incredible educational opportunities for future students of the UWI,” Professor Simmons-McDonald said in expressing her delight about the upcoming cruise in 2014. “We greatly enjoy working closely with the Vice-Chancellor’s UWI Advancement team, to ensure that our next cruise will be a holistic, immersive learning experience for our UWI alumni and other guests.”

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for this item.]

For original article, see http://www.abengnews.com/blog/2013/11/12/uwi-open-campus-scholarship-cruises-the-caribbean.

For more information (and photos) about the second ‘ScholarShip’ Cruise and Learn Adventure, go to http://www.open.uwi.edu/adventures

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