Up to 50% reduction in UWI fees for Vincentian students

By Demion McTair. Updated 12:31 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Vincentian students across all campuses of The University of the West Indies will benefit from a reduction in fees, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Friday.

The University of the West Indies has decided to make some special provisions for Vincentian students who are entering the university for the new academic year and those who are continuing studies, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves announced at a press conference.

Dr. Gonsalves, who said he has been permitted by UWI’s Vice-Chancellor – Professor Sir Hilary Beckles to speak on the development, said that at all of UWI’s campuses, “they will provide relief on fees for the next year generally, up to 50 percent”.

He said that “they may well go higher in specific cases which they would address on a case-by-case basis”.

The University of the West Indies has four (4) landed campuses and an Open Campus. The four (4) landed campuses include the Mona campus in Jamaica, the St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago, the Cave Hill campus in Barbados, and the Five Islands campus in Antigua. The Western Jamaica Campus (WJC) is an extension of the Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Gonsalves said that in relation to the Vincentian students who are at the UWI’s Open Campus, “they would give 25 percent reduction of the fees there and in certain circumstances may go higher on a case-by-case basis”.

He said that in addition to the reduction in the university fees for Vincentian students, accommodation fees will also be reduced.

“They would also do the same thing in relation to campus accommodation, that is to say in the campus accommodation units owned and operated by the university,” Dr. Gonsalves added.

He said “this is going to be a big help to our students”.

Dr Gonsalves said that UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles “will make announcements about this”.

Video excerpt from Friday’s press conference with the Prime Minister’s UWI fee relief announcement

Sir Hilary Beckles, up to press time, was in St. Vincent and the Grenadines visiting the Belmont Volcano Observatory which is operated by the scientists at the UWI Seismic Research Center.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has experienced a volcanic disaster, which has displaced thousands of people and has affected agriculture and infrastructure.

The volcanic disaster came about when the La Soufriere volcano began erupting explosively on April 9, 2021.

The last explosion of the volcano took place on April 22.

In its May 12 Scientific update, the UWI Seismic Research Center said:

La Soufrière, St. Vincent SCIENTIFIC UPDATE – 12/05/21 6:00PM

  1. Seismic activity at La Soufrière, St Vincent has remained low since the tremor associated with the explosion and ash venting on 22 April.
  2. In the last 24 hours, seismic activity was limited to a few long-period earthquakes.
  3. Gas measurements on May 11 yielded an average SO2 flux of 252 tons per day.
  4. The volcano continues to be in a state of unrest. Escalation in activity can take place with little or no warning.
  5. Caution should be taken in crossing river valleys on the volcano due to the increased risk of lahars (mudflows) during periods of rainfall on the volcano.
  6. The volcano is at alert level ORANGE.
  7. Visit the International Volcanic Hazard Health Network for volcanic ash information and resources:

LaSoufriere #volcano #svg


NEMO St. Vincent and the Grenadines
API – The Agency For Public Information : St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Department of Emergency Management
NEMO Saint Lucia

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