Dr Arnoldo Ventura, professor at The Mico University College, has been invited by the Prime Minister responsible for Science and Technology in CARICOM, Dr Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, to serve on the CARICOM Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation.
The first meeting of this committee will take place in Grenada in January 2014 and will see Professor Ventura and other representatives of academia in the Caribbean, serving as an advisory body to the prime minister. The advisory body will see to the promotion of the development of science and technology in CARICOM as a tool for economic development by working closely with all scientific organisations in the region, among other things.
Ventura is also part of a team which was formed by Professor Claude Packer, president of Mico, to establish the college's Institute of Technological and Educational Research (ITER), headed by Professor Edwin Jones.
ITER was established to harness the intellectual capital of faculty and students to develop the research capabilities at Mico, leading to a culture of excellence in research. It is also ITER's mission to provide research that will engender the qualities and effectiveness of the teaching professional and will actively participate in policy dialogues, provide consultancy services and generate solutions to the issues that face the education sector, supported by research findings.
Professor Ventura is a graduate of Cornell University in the United States of America, and the University of the West Indies, and has lectured and conducted research in five universities across the Americas.
He is a well-known international authority on the development and application of science and techn-ology for socio-economic development. Professor Ventura has also been a science and technology adviser to various governments, and a consultant and team leader on a number of multi-lateral missions.
He has also assisted a number of African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean countries and institutions to re-examine, strengthen and apply their scientific and technological capabilities to changing demands.