As the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus gets ready to publicly roll out a science and technology initiative next month, a local private company has donated a natural gas-powered station wagon to the institution that would aid in this venture.
During the hand over ceremony for the silver wagon by Courtesy Garage yesterday, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Sir Hilary Beckles said the university’s Science and Technology department was preparing to launch a series of activities to educate stakeholders about the importance of science, technology and innovation and how they will be used to push the institution forward.
Sir Hilary also praised Courtesy for making the donation.
“The fact that Courtesy has thought of us within the network of their own stakeholders and partners is in itself worthy of celebration. This University has prospered over the years largely as a result of these relationships with the private sector,” he told the gathering which included Dean in the faculty of Science and Technology Dr Colin Depradine.
Courtesy’s director Patrick McDonald said the vehicle would help the campus in the containment of its energy costs and in furthering its research into the various energy options for transportation on the island.
“We therefore expect that this vehicle will fit into that strategy. We expect UWI to continue its work in helping Barbados achieve energy efficiencies and cost reduction through research and development in science and technology. We also hope that public and private sectors will work with UWI in achieving these goals,” he said.