'Let's Connect' On May 26 To Feature Exchange Study Opportunities
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Audrey Marks, will host Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus Professor Dale Webber on her monthly series, Lets Connect with Ambassador Marks, on Thursday (May 26) at 7:00 pm EDT. Ambassador Marks stated that the upcoming virtual town hall will highlight the opportunities being created by UWI in collaboration with America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for exchange programmes and scholarships for students at UWI Mona and students attending HBCUs. The Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Howard University Dr. The UWI is also holding discussions with the top rated HBCUs and diaspora members to expand scholarships to facilitate participation in the exchange programmes.
HBCUs are higher education institutions within the United States that were originally established with a mandate of providing opportunities to African-American students. Jamaican students will be identified to launch the exchange programme which is expected to eventually include 1,000 students annually. Ambassador Marks said there are currently just over 100 HBCUs in the United States, representing approximately three per cent of US higher-education institutions. They will also be meeting with the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs as well as the president of various universities.
‘Let’s Connect with Ambassador Marks’ enables members of the diaspora to communicate directly with the Ambassador about matters affecting their lives in the USA and stay up to date with the government’s policies and programmes, as well as the Embassy’s activities. Ambassador Marks is occasionally joined by distinguished guests, including US government officials, key players in various local and international organisations and prominent members of the Jamaican diaspora.
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