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Staff at Service

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, March 18, 2019

VEBed-3-18-2019.jpgWith a mandate to deliver public service, staff at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus are overwhelmingly answering the call to serve the region.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Eudine Barriteau made the disclosure during her presentation to the Campus Council, held on Friday, March 8, 2019.

“The best evidence of the impact of the Campus and a significant measure of its value to strengthening Barbadian and Caribbean societies is the vast extent to which Campus colleagues have been invited to sit on national and regional government and corporate boards and committees. The Campus has exceeded the target of over 50% of our colleagues being engaged in public service,” she said.

The 50 per cent target was set out in the University-wide 2017-22 strategic plan. Staff involvement on boards and national committees ranged in fields such as accounting, archiving and mental health to law, health and wellness and tertiary education.

Barriteau noted that this was one of several ways that the staff of the Campus had been giving back to the wider community. She also highlighted the work of the Student Entrepreneurial Empowerment Development (SEED) and its Entrepreneurs’ Clinic, which was developed as a response to the national retrenchment exercise.

SEED was developed as a ‘pre-incubator’ programme where students can explore and expand their entrepreneurial ideas.

“Cave Hill gives back and does so in tangible ways,” the Principal affirmed.

She also revealed that the campus will seek to facilitate formal training for civil servants through the establishment of a School of Government and Public Policy, scheduled to start in June this year. It will be operated through the newly launched Centre for Professional Development and Life Long Learning.

“[The School will] offer specialised training to Barbadian and Caribbean civil servants in areas such as Strategic Leadership and Change Management, Use of Information Technology in the Public Service, E-Governance, Management in Crises, such as Post Disaster Management, Auditing and Cost Controls in the Public Sector, and the Role of Government Services in National Development.”

“Training will be offered in modules targeting three levels: entry level for new members of the service, middle management, and senior leadership (permanent secretaries). The School is not a physical structure but a programming division aligned with the Centre for Professional Development and Life Long Learning dealing with specialized curricula overlapping the fields of management, public administration, public finance and government. This initiative enables civil servants to retool, contextualise the relevance of their functions, but more critically, facilitate governments in realising their objective of delivering development goals. The Campus will operationalize this progamme in the context of its MOU with the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration,” Barriteau added.

PHOTO: Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Eudine Barriteau


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