Cave Hill launches In­sti­tute of African Af­fairs

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

JAN­UARY 2020 is the start date of cour­ses to be de­liv­ered at the In­sti­tute of Global African Af­fairs at the Univer­sity of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg (UJ).

The in­sti­tute was launched at Cave Hill, bring­ing to re­al­i­sa­tion some of the mat­ters out­lined in a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment signed last year be­tween representatives of the two in­sti­tu­tions.

The flag­ship pro­gramme is a mas­ter’s in global African stud­ies, with cour­ses be­ing of­fered on­line and in per­son by fac­ulty who will travel be­tween the two cam­puses.

The joint de­gree pro­gramme will be framed about the con­cept of the role of Africa and Africans in a global con­text, with em­pha­sis on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

Though de­tails are still be­ing worked out with a fol­low-up meet­ing sched­uled as early as to­day, it was men­tioned that con­sid­er­a­tion is also be­ing given to of­fer­ing in­tern­ships.

Vice-chan­cel­lor of the UJ, Pro­fes­sor Tshilidzi Mar­wala, said co­op­er­a­tion al­ready ex­isted be­tween the aca­demics of both in­sti­tu­tions.

“It is not in the pa­pers that we sign, it’s not in the plaques that we are go­ing to un­veil, but it is in the de­ter­mi­na­tion of our schol­ars that this re­la­tion­ship is go­ing to suc­ceed,” he said, prior to the plaque’s un­veil­ing.

The in­sti­tute would be based ini­tially in the CARICOM build­ing at Cave Hill, in the hope that it would have a per­ma­nent home at an­other lo­ca­tion.

“Hav­ing this UWI/UJ In­sti­tute lo­cated here on this cam­pus en­ables the Cave Hill Cam­pus to be strate­gi­cally in­volved in the global African net­work en­ter­prise and to par­tic­i­pate in the un­fold­ing global African nar­ra­tive,” Cave Hill prin­ci­pal Pro­fes­sor Eu­dine Bar­riteau said.

“This in­sti­tute in­tends to be at the fore­front of shar­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in gen­er­at­ing knowl­edge about Africa and the con­ti­nent of the 21st cen­tury.”

UWI vice-chan­cel­lor Sir Hi­lary Beck­les said this lat­est pro­ject was about main­tain­ing the in­ti­macy that de­vel­oped be­tween the two re­gions in the 20th cen­tury.

“We must sus­tain that in­ti­macy in the 21st cen­tury. We must think glob­ally about the world and, there­fore, we need in­sti­tu­tions to bring our in­tel­lec­tu­als to­gether to think this through,” he added. (WILLCOMM)

(Pic­tures by Reco Moore.)

Owner of Ever Bags, Abi­gail Wil­liamson (left), ex­plain­ing the ways in which her T-shirt bags can be used to Anais Ga­jraj (right) and Olga Ga­jraj (cen­tre).

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