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UWI Open Campus Announces Opening of Disaster Relief Fund Account for The Bahamas

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UWI Open Campus Announces Opening of Disaster Relief Fund Account for The Bahamas

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – The University of the West Indies Open Campus has opened an account for cash donations to assist Open Campus students and their immediate families affected by Hurricane Dorian which ravaged Abaco and Grand Bahama in The Bahamas.

The account is The UWI Open Campus Disaster Relief Fund and is located at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank. Persons, including students, staff, alumni, stakeholders, and well-wishers can make their donations at any CIBC First Caribbean International Bank branch throughout the Region. They will need to quote the account name: The UWI Open Campus Disaster Relief Fund and the account number 106933692.

The UWI Open Campus has a Country Site in The Bahamas capital, Nassau, based on the island of New Providence; however, students throughout The Bahamas, including the worst affected islands, Abaco and Grand Bahama, are pursuing studies with the Open Campus.

“The Government and people of The Bahamas are part of The One UWI family, and the Open Campus expresses solidarity and empathy with our students, alumni and friends and all our faithful stakeholders, in this period of extreme hardship,”  Dr Francis Severin, Director of Open Campus Country Sites, conveyed.  “The opening of the disaster relief account is but one way the Open Campus is demonstrating its care and concern for The Bahamas in their time of need.”

In addition to the opening of the account, the Open Campus is working with its affected students on Abaco and Grand Bahama to facilitate their continuity within their respective programmes.

All funds collected from the donation drive will be utilized to support affected Open Campus students and their immediate families in The Bahamas through our Country Site located in Nassau.

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About The UWI

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018, and was the only Caribbean-based University to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit www.uwi.edu.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)