The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education delivered the feature address at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s (UTT) World Marine Day Stakeholder Forum on Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 where he outlined the significance of marine education and training. Minister Garcia commended the University for hosting such a forum and its relevance to the sector saying, “It is this type of open dialogue and emphasis on training and education that will assist in moving the local maritime industry forward. The evolution of world trade and sea transport is especially important to ship-building demand and I am pleased to see that UTT is playing a significant role.”
A total of 300 medical students will be accepted at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mount Hope Campus for academic year 2015-2016 as compared to 256 in the last academic year (2014-2015). Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, UWI has advised that by 2016-2017, an additional 100 students will be accommodated at the Teaching Hospital in San Fernando. The decision to control the number of spaces for citizens who would be funded at regional institutions was based on the following issues, namely, the cost of studying at regional institutions; the human resources needs of the country; and the need for specialized doctors as opposed to house officers.
On Tuesday 1st September 2015, the Honourable Fazal Karim, Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training launched a National Policy Framework entitled, “The Future of Tertiary Education and Skills Training 2015 – 2025” held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain. The ten year policy maps the comprehensive development of the sector towards the attainment of a knowledge-based economy, in keeping with national, regional and international policy directives. The Policy Framework also reviews current performance, recapping the evolution, achievements and challenges of the sector. The policy uses the following thematic areas – Governance and Management; Funding; Relevance and Responsiveness; Quality; Access and Research and Innovation. Speaking at the launch, Minister Karim said