Project profile — Strengthening Distance Education in the Caribbean

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Strengthening Distance Education in the Caribbean - Overview
University of the West Indies
2013-02-27 - 2019-03-29
Country / region • West Indies, regional (100.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (20.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Education facilities and training (11120) (30.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Teacher training (11130) (15.00%)
• Health, General
Medical education/training (12181) (5.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (5.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security
Security system management and reform (15210) (5.00%)
• Communication
Information and communication technology (ICT) (22040) (5.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business support services and institutions (25010) (10.00%)
• Tourism
Tourism policy and administrative management (33210) (5.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (principal objective)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to increase employment and other income-generation opportunities by improving access to post-secondary education for women and men living in remote and under-served communities of the Caribbean. The project seeks to strengthen the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) to make high-quality education available to more people across the Caribbean through the use of distance education technologies. This is key in a region where countries are separated by the sea, making it difficult for many people to access the three "traditional" campuses of UWI (in Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados). The virtual Open Campus seeks to deliver expanded program offerings that are better aligned with labour market needs, and undertake stronger marketing outreach to students. Some project activities include: (i) designing, developing and delivering demand-driven, gender and environmentally sensitive post-secondary distance education programs to students across the Caribbean; (ii) training faculty, instructors and tutors in gender and environmentally sensitive course design, development and delivery; (iii) conducting a comprehensive analysis of program requirements to better respond to labour market needs; and (iv) setting up new library virtual services (online) that can be accessed by all Open Campus learning sites throughout the Caribbean.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) enhanced provision by the Open Campus of gender equitable, market-driven distance learning program offerings to a broader student base, including those from under-served communities; and (ii) improved gender and environmentally responsive-management by the Open Campus of human, material and financial resources of its learning sites and programs.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) the delivery of 20 new and renewed undergraduate and graduate programmes (24 courses beginning in 2016 to 1134 enrolled students; (2) the approval of 23 programmes (13 undergraduate and 10 graduate) which surpassed the project’s target of a minimum of 15 programs and 75 courses; ((3) the design, development and implementation of four Programme Advisory Committees (PACs) including private and public sector representatives, which advised on course design and delivery to ensure the project prepared students who were ready to enter the labour market. These results have contributed to the University’s ability to offer gender equitable, market-driven distance learning programs to a broader student base - including those from under-served communities. The results also improved the University’s gender and environmentally responsive management of human, material and financial resources of its learning sites and programs.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
26-06-2019 Disbursement $962,632
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