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Overview of the Tertiary Education System in Barbados

The Island has a population of approximately 269 000 people with 49% reported to reside in rural areas and 20% of the population between 0 and 14 years of age. Over the last decade, participation rates for tertiary education have increased by 31.57%.

Tertiary Gross Enrolment Ratio Statistics

1990/91 1998/99 2000/01 2002/03 VUSSC Average
MF Total 28% 32% 38% 26% -
Male 24% 20% 22% 24% -
Female 31% 45% 55% 28% -

There are XX government funded tertiary education institutions on the Island providing learning opportunities for XX students. A strategic priority for the Barbados tertiary system is ...... Say something about ICT infrastructure and opportunities and challenges for elearning.

Government funded Tertiary Education Institutions

The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Bridgetown)

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Name of Institution The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus)
Website http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/
Type of Institution University

The University of the West Indies has three campuses:

Cave Hill Campus (Barbados), Mona Campus (Jamaica) and St Augustine Campus (Trinidad and Tobago)

Main mode of delivery UWI is classed as Dual mode, but the majority of courses are solely Campus-based.
Number of students 7,644 - Cave Hill; 14,494 - Mona; 14,558 - St. Augustine; Total UWI: 36,696(2005/6 figures). with approximately 3,000 students studying by DE in UWIDEC.
Learning Management Systems UWI Cave Hill: WebCT; UWI Mona: Moodle; UWI St. Augustine: Moodle; UWIDEC: Moodle.
Overview of e-learning The Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC) is responsible for DE in all sixteen (16) English-speaking territories of the West Indies that UWI serves. These territories are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent and The Grenadines,Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands. UWIDEC uses “blended learning” as the delivery model (viz., a blend of print, online resources and e-tutorials, CD-Roms, audio-conferencing and face-to-face) and Moodle as its Learning Management System.

Some Cave Hill Campus course lecturers are using e-learning to supplement to their face-to-face teaching. Mainly they use WebCT as their Learning Management System.

Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (Wildey, St. Michael)

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Name of Institution Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic
Website http://mes.gov.bb/pageselect.cfm?page=54&92525115
Type of Institution Polytechnic
Main mode of delivery  ??Campus-based, Single mode DE, Mixed Mode etc.
Number of students  ?? State number of students and year here, eg 13 547 (2004 fugures)
Learning Management System(s)  ?? For example ATutor, Moodle, KewlNextGen, Blackboard, WebCT etc.
Overview of e-learning There are four tertiary level institutions which fall under the ambit of the Ministry of Education:

(a) The University of the West Indies (UWI) (b) Barbados Community College (BCC) (c) Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) (d) Erdiston Training College.

(a) As a regional tertiary level institution, the University of the West Indies is in the forefront of the Higher Education thrust of Government. The Government provides an annual subvention for the University and pays tuition fees for Barbadian citizens pursuing undergraduate studies at all three (3) campuses of the U.W.I. In the area of medicine there is a cap on the number of medical students based the ability of the Q.E.H. to absorb student trainees. Government sponsors the tuition fees of MBBS students to a maximum intake of fifteen (15) students at the Mona Campus of the U.W.I, and ten (10) students at the St. Augustine Campus of the U.W.I. on an annual basis.

(b) The Barbados Community College (BCC) seeks to make available a comprehensive range of curriculum offerings to foster the educational, personal and social growth of all its students, and to enhance their ability to contribute to the development needs of the country. The college offers the following programmes and activities.

(i) Bachelor Degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design (ii) Associate Degree in Arts, Sciences, Applied Arts and Applied Sciences. These include areas such as Mass Communication, Social Work, General Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy, etc. (iii) Occupational Education courses and activities. (iv) Training provided by the Hospitality Institute. (v) B.Ed Tech.Voc.

(c) The objectives of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) are:

(i) To develop trade skills and occupational competence. (ii) To meet the requirements of the labour market for skilled operators, craftsmen and technicians. (iii) To prepare students for direct entry into employment (iv) To train students to be useful, effective and good citizens.

These objectives are met through a number of vocational/occupational programmes offered by the institution.

(d) Erdiston Teachers Training College provides opportunities for untrained teachers in the school system to become professionally trained and for trained teachers to upgrade their skills. This is achieved through Certificates, In-Service Diplomas, and Postgraduate diploma programmes offered by the College. The College also collaborates with U.W.I, B.C.C, and S.J.P.P, in the delivery of some of these programs.