By Alexis R. Milan
The University of the West Indies (UWI) and Japan’s Sophia University, this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at enhancing bilateral relationships in research and education at each institution.
The agreement is also expected to expand the spectrum of academic collaboration and cultural awareness between the institutions.
The agreement was signed in Jamaica by UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and the President of Sophia University in Japan, Takashi Hayashita.
Along with Japan’s commitment to further strengthen its relations with CARICOM, the agreement outlines several areas for academic, scientific and educational cooperation.
In addition to the exchange of faculty, scholars and students at all levels, the MOU commits to developing and implementing joint research programes in areas such as sustainable development, climate change, marine biodiversity and the application of technology to drive economic development throughout the Caribbean.
With the UWI as a significant contributor to regional intellectual growth and human development, Vice-Chancellor Beckles spoke about the critical value of the agreement in terms of fueling much-needed economic growth and wealth creation within the Caribbean region, while underscoring Japan’s academic contribution and strong footprint in the Caribbean.