Vice-Chancellor Beckles describes as the ‘post-COVID takeoff’.
The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has penned an agreement with Sandals Resorts International (SRI) and Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, solidifying a landmark industry-academic alignment partnership to establish a world-class tourism training institute based at the University.
The Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart International School of Hospitality & Tourism is expected to be a cutting-edge, research-led facility, which will provide students with an immersive, holistic world-class learning and training experience. It will be headquartered at The UWI Mona (Western Jamaica) Campus but integrate all the other campuses in The UWI system, recruiting students from across the Caribbean archipelago.
The initiative is one of the most significant cases of the implementation of The UWI’s Alignment pillar within its Triple A Strategy 2017–2022, which centres on collaboration with the private sector to help to strengthen the innovation capacity of the regional economies and lead to higher levels of growth, by taking the cue from real-world needs.