Antigua PM says UWI/Harvard Partnership Likely

by: - December 11, 2019
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Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that the president of Harvard University, Dr Lawrence Bacow has responded to his advocacy for a programme of cooperation between Harvard University and the Five Islands Campus of the University of the West Indies in Antigua.

Browne said that Dr Bacow has indicated the willingness of Harvard to work out cooperation arrangements that would benefit the five islands campus, in acknowledgment of Harvard university’s historical relationship with slavery, particularly confronting past injustices and their legacies.

Just recently, Prime Minister Browne called out Harvard as needing to acknowledge its responsibility in the development of Antigua.

The Harvard Law school was founded on an endowment in 1815 that was funded from slavery on the Royall’s Plantation on Antigua.

Preliminary discussions to establish a framework for cooperation between the two universities will be held in January 2020, after the Christmas break.

Prime Minister Browne welcomed President Bacow’s readiness to engage and stated that between now and the preliminary meeting, in January, practical proposals for cooperation will be prepared.