UWI Signs MOU with European University Institute

Sir Hilary Beckles (Photo via Jamaica Gleaner)
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(UWI TV) A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the European University Institute (EUI), is expected to deepen ties between the Caribbean and Europe and help The UWI protect the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the European Union (EU).
 
Signed virtually on July 14, 2020, by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI and Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, the agreement includes the establishment of a research centre. That centre will help to promote inter-regional and intra-regional development and encourage discourse on how transnational and global issues impact the Caribbean Region and Europe.
 
The UWI and EUI partnership foresees collaboration in areas of studies and research common to both institutions. Areas of focus will include sustainable development, multilateral trade, gender equality, security, environment and climate change, migration, energy, regional integration processes and transnational governance.
 
Last year, Vice-Chancellor Beckles saw the economic and financial vulnerability of CARICOM as a consequence of Brexit and began to pursue a strategy to position The UWI in the EU as a strategic response.  Noting that the region needs greater policy support within the EU, in light of the EU downgrade of the region’s finance sector, and poor responses of regional entrepreneurs to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), he noted that The UWI had to step up to create an academic research and business advisory hub in the EU.  After a year of negotiations, the EUI agreed to host a joint UWI-EU centre.

“It will be anchored in Florence, Italy and will provide services to our foreign service community, business groups, advocacy leaders in issues such as public health, climate change, economics equity for small island nations,” Vice-Chancellor Beckles explained.

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