Building an Entrepreneurial UWI

The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership This Institute for Industry-Academic

innovative products, new services, and research with impact. The two universities, thousands of miles apart, are about to forge a relationship with a difference. The genesis of the partnership lies in The UWI’s consultations with the private sector in a range of areas including research and innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation, and university and industry collaboration. This new UWI-Coventry Institute will enhance international competitiveness in the Caribbean private sector through research and economic partnerships and provide research training at the postgraduate level and host a raft of master’s degrees in the Caribbean.

Partnership will complement The UWI’s leadership role in promoting innovation as a driver of economic growth, and support its entrepreneurial quest to foster and increase partnerships with industry. Like The University of the West Indies, Coventry University in England has a long tradition of service in education— though admittedly, this award-winning university has a 105-year head start. Coventry has a unique way of co-investing, co- creating, and co-prospering with innovation partners. This has resulted in an enviable track record on industry engagement and collaboration with some of the largest companies in the UK and around the world. Those partnerships have led to the creation of

Vice-Chancellor, The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (2nd right), greets the Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, Professor John Latham (2nd left) at the launch of The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry – Academic Partnership held at The UWI Regional Headquarters on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Also pictured are Dr Luz Longsworth, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The UWI Open Campus (left), and Ambassador Dr Richard Bernal, Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Affairs at The UWI (right).

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