NASSAU, Bahamas, (CMC) — The University of the West Indies (UWI) has launched its Global Giving Week 2016 here, with UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne urging students, alumni and friends to support the regional institution’s appeal to give back to the university.
The UWI Global Giving Week 2016 runs from August 1-7, and the fund-raising campaign is geared towards scholarships, research, and infrastructure, among others.
The chancellor said he is among those who continue to argue that one of the principal areas on which the focus in the Caribbean should be is functional cooperation, including the education and health of all Caribbean citizens from The Bahamas, to Bermuda, to Trinidad and Tobago to Belize and Barbados.
He said because of a decline in government financing, the institution has to find other sources of funding. He informed that the fact that the institution has grown in numbers and academic offerings, in spite of its shortcomings, is due in large measure to the “ingenuity” of senior managers and the generosity of several individuals and organisations.
He noted that another confounding variable is the delinquency in payments by some governments which have resulted in a “mounting” debt for UWI.
“I ask of friends and well-wishers to give, but I ask of alumni to give back,” Sir George said, adding that the funding is necessary for the sustainability of the institution.