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Confucius Institute ‘relevant’

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Confucius Institute ‘relevant’

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BY DEVELOPING THE Confucius Institute, the Cave Hill Campus is once again demonstrating its relevance to the community, private sector and regional governments.
Pro-vice chancellor and principal of the campus Professor Sir Hilary Beckles stressed this yesterday as he delivered remarks at the unveiling of a plaque to mark the establishment of that facility here in Barbados.
He said: “Universities everywhere in the world are built to serve nations. They are not built to serve themselves but are built to serve the communities that serve them. Cave Hill has embarked upon an international enterprise to become in part a catalyst for growth and development and to indicate ways in which this campus can assist in the development of the prosperity of our nation and our region.”
Sir Hilary also noted that UWI’s focus of late was about identifying ways and means of assisting nations in their exit strategies from the global recession.
“We have taken  steps to reduce our financial dependence upon the Governments; we have taken steps to generate as much  foreign exchange  as domestic dollars we consume and we are committed to promoting economic activity; the revitalization of our private sector and to seek out international opportunities that would assist  in the competitiveness of our community,” he stated.
Noting that China’s role in the global economy was now paramount, the pro-vice chancellor added that Barbados had been a long and trusted friend and partner of China and the Cave Hill Campus logically had “to be a critical part of this national and regional alliance”. 
 “Chinese investment can serve as a catalyst for economic growth and development in Barbados and in the wider region. China has recently declared its intention by engaging the region in discussion on trade, investment, promotions and double taxation agreement,” declared the Pro-Vice Chancellor who also emphasised that the future could be very positive for Barbados and the Caribbean in respect of this relationship and the Cave Hill Campus intended to be a critical enabler of this future. (BGIS)