Medgar Evers College’s [MEC] President Dr. Rudolph Crew has said that the visit of the president of the Republic of Guyana to college on April 27 continues an important tradition “at the predominantly Black Brooklyn school” with a strong Caribbean presence:
“We are pleased to welcome the Hon. David A. Granger, the president of the Republic of Guyana, as the keynote speaker at our Second Annual International Education Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2017,” Dr. Crew told Caribbean Life. “Following the successful visit last year of the Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, for our inaugural awards ceremony, this upcoming awards ceremony continues an important tradition.
Crew said Medgar Evers College “represents the new global reality and embraces it,” pointing to recent enrollment figures that show that over 11 percent of college’s students are from Trinidad and Tobago, and almost half come from Jamaica, Haiti or Guyana.
“We are our own Diaspora here in Brooklyn, which, in turn, is an increasingly energized cultural hub for people from all over the world,” said Crew, adding that Global Intelligence is key to the college’s strategic plan for the 21st century.
“We are steadily increasing our support for study abroad by seeking scholarships and other sources of funding,” the college president said. “We are also establishing partnerships with important international institutions with a goal of student and faculty exchange and joint international programs.”
The study abroad program, offered through Medgar Ever College’s International Education Program, sends students to destinations that include Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Grenada, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Panama, Spain, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Eugene Pursoo, the director of the International Program, is the former United Nations Ambassador for Grenada. [. . .]