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Dr Luz Longsworth

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has received a US$25 million grant from a United States (US) software developer.

The grant from the digital technology giant Eon Reality, the largest in the regional university’s history, was recognised in a press release from UWI’s Marketing and Communications Office yesterday.

“The grant will see Eon Reality, the global technology conglomerate, entering the Caribbean market as a post-COVID education development leader,” the release said.

The grant is being used to set up an interactive digital centre or Eon XR Lab, which will be used to develop content using augmented and virtual reality tools. The lab will be set up at the UWI Open Campus location in Chaguanas.

Through the project, spearheaded by UWI Open Campus Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global Affairs Dr Luz Longsworth, the university is attempting to transform its Open Campus operation into The UWI’s Global Campus.

“This initiative is a key part of the university’s new finance vision that seeks to concert its global reputation into sustainable revenue,” the release said.

The release said the project was highlighted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles while speaking about the university’s strategic plan last week.

“We are determined to succeed but success comes with an orderly and systematic approach and effective leadership. Dr Longsworth is to be commended for her sophisticated negotiation skills and commitment to our strategic vision,” Beckles said.

“Our development work, and institutional credibility, are now globally known and our allies are keen to offer support.”