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UWI Open Campus Making Mark on Caribbean Higher Education

first_img Described as the best kept secret in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, the 10-year-old University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) has been quietly making an indelible mark on the region’s tertiary-education landscape.Its precursor, the Extra Mural Campus, was established in 1948, the same year as the University of the West Indies (originally University College of the West Indies), and later renamed the School of Continuing Studies.Registrar of the UWIOC, Karen Ford-Warner, tells JIS News that the institution’s genesis was the result of advocacy from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, and others, who wanted to have a campus that caters to the needs of their communities.She says the visionary who established UWI 70 years ago, realised from the beginning that the institution had to be about outreach.“It was not only about the landed campuses such as those in Jamaica, Barbados or Trinidad and Tobago, but it was also about ensuring that the university has an impact on everyone in the contributing countries, and that we were able to contribute to intellectual discourse, development and cultural explosion, which have been taking place in the region from 1948,” she explains.UWIOC, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers a wide range of attractive options for academic progress, lifelong learning and career development in a variety of formats and modes of delivery under the motto ‘Online, on-site, on demand’. Approximately 50 online courses and degree programmes are accessible to individuals in 17 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.There are 40 physical locations operating in these countries, with 11 in Jamaica.The courses offered online and on-site range from pre-university to doctoral.They include Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) courses; professional intensive (short) courses; one-year management and one-year professional courses; undergraduate degree programmes; postgraduate diplomas; master’s programmes and doctor of education programmes.Mrs. Ford-Warner says that the programmes offered are relevant and are designed to meet the needs of the individual learner.She notes that “we tend to have a more mature student population. The median age of the students is in the mid-30s age group, who have a family, who have a career but want a way to be able to advance their professional and personal development, so they come looking for courses that are relevant to their lives, such as management, business, and education courses”.“We have also expanded the suite of offerings to areas such as social work, youth development and early-childhood education,” she adds.Mrs. Ford-Warner says that learners are given the opportunity to decide how they want to pursue their studies, whether to pay per credit, or take two or up to five courses per year.“We allow you to really organise your life and manage your finances to fit your pocket,” she points out.UWIOC also employs the “laddering” method, which enables learners, for example persons who complete studies at a diploma level, to return when they are ready to gain additional certification and also move up to the bachelor’s level or beyond.“We allow our students to start from where they are and then take them to where they want to be. We try to ensure that we are speaking, listening, marketing and meeting the needs of our clients,” Mrs. Ford-Warner says.She says that the institution is moving forward under the UWI’s 2017-2022 strategic plan, and is being guided by the triple ‘A’ strategy that is focused on expanding access to tertiary education, alignment of industry and academia for wealth creation and distribution, and agility to global opportunity.“One of the most exciting developments is plans to offer our courses beyond our Caribbean shores to an international market,” Mrs. Ford-Warner informs.“The vision of the Vice Chancellor, Hilary Beckles, is to have a UWI presence on every continent. Today, we have a joint institute with the State University of New York (SUNY), and joint programmes with universities in Nigeria and China,” she notes.Mrs. Ford-Warner says “our focus is being able to provide opportunities for our Caribbean nationals, as a Caribbean university with a global reach. We endeavour to find ways to be to make meaningful contribution to Caribbean development”. Described as the best kept secret in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, the 10-year-old University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) has been quietly making an indelible mark on the region’s tertiary-education landscape. Story Highlights Registrar of the UWIOC, Karen Ford-Warner, tells JIS News that the institution’s genesis was the result of advocacy from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, and others, who wanted to have a campus that caters to the needs of their communities. Its precursor, the Extra Mural Campus, was established in 1948, the same year as the University of the West Indies (originally University College of the West Indies), and later renamed the School of Continuing Studies.last_img read more

Yogis cabinet reshuffle postponed

first_imgLucknow: The much awaited cabinet reshuffle of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has been postponed. The reshuffle which was to take place on Monday was deferred late on Sunday as reports came in of the deteriorating health of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi. Preparations for the swearing in ceremony had begun and legislators, who were to be sworn in, were asked to reach the state capital. Distribution of invitation cards was suddenly stopped late on Sunday and officials confirmed the postponement of the swearing in ceremony. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ This was to be the first cabinet reshuffle of the Yogi government since its formation in March 2017. The Yogi government has a total of 43 ministers, including the Chief Minister. There are 18 Cabinet Ministers, nine Ministers of State with Independent charge and 13 Ministers of State, including two Deputy Chief Ministers — Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. The maximum strength of the council of ministers can be 15 per cent of the Assembly’s total strength. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 seats and hence, the state can have a maximum of 61 ministers, including the Chief Minister. Meanwhile, official sources said that the expansion and reshuffle was likely to take place later this week “if all goes well”.last_img read more

Amazon HQ locations Similar basics but different vibes

first_imgNEW YORK — The two communities that learned Tuesday they are about to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.Seattle-based Amazon, which set out last year to situate one additional headquarters, announced Tuesday that it was splitting its project into two.A look at the two communities:LONG ISLAND CITYIt’s already the fastest-developing neighbourhood in the nation’s most populous city, and Amazon could pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.The addition of Amazon to the neighbourhood stands to burnish New York City’s reputation as a tech capital. Landing Amazon also cements Long Island City’s transformation from a faded manufacturing zone to a vibrant, of-the-moment enclave of waterfront skyscrapers, modernized warehouses and artsy-tech ambience across the East River from midtown Manhattan.“I joke that we’re experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighbourhood development group.But Long Island City also has been straining to handle its growth.Days before Tuesday’s announcement , the city unveiled a $180 million plan to address Long Island City’s packed schools, street design and a sewage system that groans in heavy rain. But those projects will just catch up with current needs, said area City Councilman Jimmy van Bramer.“I know that there are a lot of people cheerleading for this, but HQ2 has to work for Queens and the people of Queens. It can’t just be good for Amazon,” said van Bramer, a Democrat. After the announcement, he said Amazon had “duped New York into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth.”Once a bustling factory and freight-moving area, Long Island City saw many of its plants and warehouses closed as manufacturing shriveled in New York City.The neighbourhood’s rebirth began in the 1980s, when officials broached redeveloping a swath of the waterfront, while artists were drawn by warehouse spaces, affordable rents and a building that is now the MoMA PS1 museum. Silvercup Studios — where such TV shows as “Sex and the City,” ”30 Rock” and “The Sopranos” have been filmed — opened in 1983.Long Island City gained a new commercial stature, and the start of a high-rise skyline, when the banking giant now called Citi opened an office tower there in 1989. But the area’s growth lately has been driven by residential building.Some 9,150 new apartments and homes have been built since 2010, more than in any other New York City neighbourhood, according to the city Planning Department . Thousands more units are in the works.The location identified by the state as the spot for Amazon’s new campus is currently a collection of low-rise industrial buildings and parking lots wrapped around a boat basin.New York has striven for nearly a decade to position itself as a tech hotspot.Venture capitalists poured $5.8 billion into New York-area startups last quarter, more than any other region except the San Francisco area, according to the consulting and accounting firm PwC . Established tech giants, including Google and Facebook, have been expanding their New York footprints.Still, landing HQ2 represents “incredible validation of just how far New York has come,” said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think-tank .Waiting for a subway, Long Island City community board chairwoman Denise Keehan-Smith could envision Amazon benefiting the neighbourhood.“But I think we have to be careful about it,” she said.CRYSTAL CITYIf any place in America can absorb 25,000 Amazon jobs without disruption, it may well be Crystal City, Virginia, where nearly that many jobs have vanished over the last 15 years.The neighbourhood in Arlington County is bounded by the Potomac River and the nation’s capital on one side, by the Pentagon on another and Reagan National Airport on a third.Despite its prime location and abundant transportation options, the neighbourhood has been hit by a massive outflow of jobs. The Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003. In 2005, the Defence Department announced plans to move roughly 17,000 jobs elsewhere as part of a base realignment.Arlington County has worked hard to bring in new employers, and had some success. The Public Broadcasting Service moved its headquarters to Crystal City in 2006.Still, large swaths of the neighbourhood remain vacant. Among other challenges, the area has fought to overcome a reputation for outdated architecture.Crystal City is populated by ’70s and ’80s-era office buildings. The buildings are connected by a network of tunnels populated with food-court style dining options, hair salons and newsstands. The tunnels leave the ground-level outdoor streetscape sometimes looking empty.Brookings Institution urban planner Jenny Schuetz suggested the buildings may require an upgrade, or even replacement. But she noted that while people often associate tech companies with converted lofts or state-of-the art workspaces, many big Silicon Valley tech companies actually work out of ’80s-era office buildings.For all the talk about antiquated architecture, people who’ve actually worked in Crystal City appreciate its convenience and its worker-friendly features, including the tunnels.“I loved it here,” said Christine Gentry of Greenbelt, Maryland, as she ate breakfast in a largely empty food court. She works for the Patent and Trademark Office and preferred the days when her office was in Crystal City.“Everything is accessible here,” she said. “When it was raining or snowing or sleeting, I never had to go out.”Perhaps no place better illustrates the vibe of Crystal City than the region’s only revolving restaurant, the Skydome atop the Doubletree Crystal City. Diners enjoy a panoramic view of the D.C. skyline, completing a full rotation every 47 minutes.Sam Getachew, the hotel’s food and beverage manager, said the restaurant fits the neighbourhood’s retro atmosphere.“It’s huge draw,” Getachew said. “People come for the curiosity of it.”The only downside, he said, is that “when customers get up to go to the restroom, they don’t know where they are when they come back.”When Amazon announced its plans Tuesday, it said its footprint will extend beyond Crystal City into the adjacent neighbourhoods of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, which have collectively been dubbed “National Landing” by the region’s economic development officials.___Barakat reported from Arlington, Virginia.Jennifer Peltz And Matthew Barakat, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pleasant Tuesday morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a pleasant Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the Met said. “The sky will remain partly cloudy,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS. The humidity at 8.30 a.m., was recorded at 80 per cent. The city received 0.6 mm of rain in last 24 hours. The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 27 degrees Celsius. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 172, which is moderate. Monday’s maximum temperature settled at 8.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average while the minimum was 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal.last_img read more

Royals unlucky as ball hits stumps but bails stay put

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Royals were left high and dry after the ball hit the stumps but the bails were not disturbed during their tie against Kolkata Knight Riders here. In a lopsided contest on Sunday, the Royals lost to KKR by eight wickets with 37 balls to spare. Asked to bat first, Royals could only muster 139/3 in 20 overs. KKR cantered to victory, losing just two wickets. But things could have been different had the ball dislodged the bails when Chris Lynn was batting in the fourth over off Dhawal Kulkarni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Lynn, who went on to make a 32-ball 50, was batting on 13 when a length ball came into the Australian who was cramped for room. It got an inside edge that hit the leg stump, the stump lights turned on but the bails were not dislodged as the ball raced towards the fine leg boundary. This got Twitter into a frenzy as many posted jokes and memes in a light hearted manner. The Royals were about to celebrate but their joy was cut short, with social media enthusiasts having a good time out of it. KKR raced to 140/2 in 13.5 overs and are now top of the table with eight points from five matches. The Royals, meanwhile, are languishing in seventh place with just two points from five games.last_img read more

Hundreds of students miss NEET exam in K’taka due to train delay

first_imgNew Delhi: Hundreds of students from Karnataka missed the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday as their train reached Bengaluru an hour after the scheduled reporting time for the exam, officials said.Over 13 lakh students had registered for the exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses which was conducted by the HRD Ministry’s National Testing Agency (NTA) for the first time. The exam was conducted successfully in rest part of the country, officials said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe 16591- Hampi Express en route Bengaluru reached the city at 2.30 pm due to which hundreds of candidates could not appear in the exam, they said. Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took to twitter saying, “Mr. @narendramodi, You pat your own back for others’ achievements but will you also take the responsibility for your cabinet min’ incapabilities. Hundreds of students in Karnataka may not be able to take up NEET because of delay in the train services”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadOn Saturday, the HRD Ministry had announced the postponement of the NEET exam in Odisha in view of the Cyclone Fani. The NTA had on Friday announced changes in some centres owing to the Lok Sabha elections and advised students to download fresh admit cards. As per the official guidelines, students appearing for NEET were supposed to be dressed in light clothes with short sleeves worn with salwar/trouser. The NEET dress code barred students from wearing any outfit having big buttons, brooch/badge and flower. The NTA had notified candidates will be subjected to extensive and compulsory frisking before entering the examination centre using metal detectors. The answer keys for the entrance examination will be available by the night giving students an opportunity to evaluate their performance.last_img read more

Commentary Academics help Ohio State football programs image

Amid the biggest scandal in the football program’s history, there is a silver lining for the Ohio State athletic department. A record 523 scholar-athletes were honored Monday night for academic achievements, including 40 from the “corrupt” football program. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders on April 30, was one of five male finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his success as an honors student in accounting and his on-field play. OSU football also was honored by the NCAA on May 17, receiving public-recognition awards for the team’s academic progress rate from 2006–10. These awards are given to teams in the top 10 percent in each sport. OSU football was one of 14 BCS schools that received this award. Northwestern was the only other Big Ten school to earn it. Four other sports at OSU — baseball, men’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s tennis also were awarded for their academic progress rates. For all the trouble the athletic department and football program are in, the coaches of each team have obviously set high academic standards for their players. Absent from the list of BCS schools honored are football powerhouse schools from the SEC. The only SEC school honored was Vanderbilt, far from a contender in the conference. OSU’s multiyear APR is 985, 15 points short of a perfect 1,000 and 36 points higher than the average of all Football Bowl Subdivision schools. That the football team has attended a BCS bowl each of the past five seasons and that its players have exceeded 90 percent of FBS schools in the classroom, is unbelievable — despite the controversy surrounding the program. Since 2006, the lowest score coach Jim Tressel and his football team received in the single-year APR is 984, which is still in the top 10 percent of all FBS schools. In the same amount of time, Alabama coach Nick Saban has achieved a single-year APR of more than 980 just once. In 2007-08 he recorded a score of 936. Tressel has been both a winner at OSU and a mentor beyond football. When evaluating The Vest’s job status and his body of work, it is important to remember he has made sure his players lived up to their title of student-athlete. read more

Drogba claimed that Lukaku learns from the best

first_imgRomelu Lukaku scored a brace in both of his World Cup games so far and he helped Belgium to pick another huge win in the group stage – and Didier Drogba claimed that he is taking advantage of his advice.Drogba used to play together with Lukaku back in their times at Chelsea and the Ivory Coast legend learned a couple of things his younger colleague which was visible ahead of his first goal against Tunisia.The former Chelsea striker spoke about Lukaku’s shot as he said, according to Give Me Sport:Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We’re talking about Lukaku being able to change the angle of his runs and to create his own space and being able to shoot, that’s exactly what he did there, attracting the defender one way and going the other.”“Then he did something that I really like and I spoke with him a lot about, the short steps before kicking the ball just like a tennis player before they hit the ball, this is giving him more accuracy and it’s easier for him to hit the target like that.”“He’s also learning from Thierry Henry and I think when you want to be the best, you have to learn from ‘the best’.”last_img read more

Strootman close to French move

first_imgOlympique De Marseille are closing in on a deal to sign Kevin Strootman from AS Roma.The Holland international is expected to have his medical with the French team tomorrow in Marseille ahead of a permanent move.The French giants have had an offer in the region of €23million and add-ons accepted by the Giallorossi over the weekend.Calciomercato.com exclusively reported Marseille’s bid this morning and now various reports in Italy say that Strootman has also agreed to join the French club.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.The reports indicate the Dutchman will be in South France tomorrow to undergo his medical tests with the Ligue 1 giants.After the sale of Alisson and Radja Nainggolan, Roma fans are definitely not happy with the club’s decision to sell another cornerstone of the club even if the Giallorossi have signed the likes of Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante, and Steven N’Zonzi this summer.Strootman was not included in the squad that will face Atalanta tomorrow. Eusebio Di Francesco had announced today that the Dutchman could be left out of the Giallorossi squad due to ongoing talks with Marseille.last_img read more