The collaboration between The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) to establish The UWI-China Institute for Information Technology (UWICIIT) is engineering the future of a much needed digital revolution in the Caribbean.
Its BSc Software Engineering (Mobile Application Technologies) provides a pathway for the Caribbean's tech leaders of tomorrow. It takes them on an exciting journey which begins with two years of study in the Caribbean and culminates with two years at The UWI-China Institute in Suzhou, China, the Silicon Valley of the East. It exposes them to unique IT and mobile technology learning experiences, language and cultural opportunities including attractive paid internships in the Suzhou Industrial Park.
Reciprocal agreements were forged at a trip by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles to the People's Republic of China in 2015, where talks began with GIST about the establishment of a UWI-China Institute.
Suzhou Industrial Park, China: The Silicon Valley of the East
The UWI in Suzhou, China
Then CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie (left) met with Chinese President, Xi Jinping during his 2013 Caribbean visit for meetings with CARICOM leaders. It is upon this visit that The UWI built commitments for practical, innovative action.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau unveils signage at the UWI-China Institute in Suzhou.
First cohort of UWI students embark on the China leg of the BSc Software Engineering programme.
Students and administrators in China.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles leads delegation to China.