UWI Mona principal says institution won't be deterred by 'mischief makers'
Professor of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Pro Vice-Chancellor Archibald McDonald says the university will not be deterred by those he terms as mischief makers who seek to undermine the institution’s development initiatives.
Professor McDonald was speaking in defence of the university's partnership with private company 138 Student Living, which it says is for the benefit of students and the development of the campus.
The deal sees the company constructing new student housing with a plan to renovate existing traditional student residences.
In recent times, there has been intense pushback from students and various stakeholders who have objected to the high rental cost and what they describe as unfair and draconian housing contracts.
UWI students have staged protests calling for an end of the partnership and for the university to introduce a better system.
Addressing the launch of the Schools of Education Biennial Conference at the University’s Regional Headquarters today Professor McDonald said everything is being done with the poor in mind.
He argued that the university’s partnership with the private sector is aimed ultimately at increasing access to tertiary education and having more funds available to needy students.