Campus starts Scholar Ship
THE University of the West Indies Open Campus has launched a cruise and learn programme designed to showcase the Caribbean in a unique and fun way while promoting continuing education.
The UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship, has been described by Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, principal of the UWI Open Campus, as “a lifelong learning adventure especially designed to strengthen the relationships among UWI alumni, friends and family and provide knowledge and information on various subjects relevant to the region”.
The inaugural sailing of the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship, scheduled for April 17 to 24, 2011, will be dedicated to the culture, flora and fauna of the region and subsequent packages will cater to other spheres including medicine and law.
Beginning and ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the first cruise and learn adventure on the elegant Caribbean Princess, will dock in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Antigua and Barbuda; St Lucia and Barbados. Scholar Ship passengers will enjoy a range of activities in these ports including tailor-made tours of cultural and heritage sites and exchanges with local celebrities and notables.
Simmons-McDonald said that distinguished Caribbean anthropologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the UWI, Dr Lennox Honychurch, will be the on-board lecturer/facilitator for the cruise which will feature lectures on and off the ship.
Details about the programme can be viewed on the website: www.open.uwi.edu/adventures. (PR)