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WIU, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College of St. Kitts Sign MOU

November 17, 2021


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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University and Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) of St. Kitts, West Indies have entered into an international education agreement to further develop enrichment of Bryant College's teaching, research and service programs and to allow for faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions.

WIU and CFBC entered into the new partnership on Nov. 17. Under the agreement, CFBC students seeking to take advantage of degree programs at WIU will benefit from the matching of coursework requirements at WIU, which will allow for a seamless transition, said WIU Director of Global Studies Randy Glean.

"We're so pleased to enter into this partnership with Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College. We look forward to a longstanding and positive relationship with CFBC and we look forward to welcoming their students and faculty at WIU," said WIU President Guiyou Huang.

Beginning next year, CFBC will nominate a member of its staff to enter into a WIU master's program and in 2023, a member to enter into a WIU doctoral program. While CFBC students can apply to WIU any time under the agreement, beginning in Fall 2023, WIU will provide the opportunity for up to 20 CFBC students to spend the month of July at WIU and enroll in two transfer-eligible courses. Following the end of the summer experience, the students have the opportunity to remain at WIU for continued study, Glean added.

"Dr. Randy Glean was instrumental in ensuring that the opportunity was extended to the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College," said CFBC President Jacqueline Austin. "Student exchanges will also feature prominently, providing our students with the international exposure required to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies. We are truly honoured to partner with WIU and look forward to the benefits that will accrue for our students, faculty and staff."

Established in 1988, the CFBC came into existence with the consolidation of four previously existing institutions: The School of Nursing inaugurated in 1966; the Teacher's College established in 1967; the Technical College organized in 1971; and the Sixth Form. The former Teacher's College is now the Division of Teacher Education; the Technical College has given way to the Division of Technical, Vocational Education and Management Studies; and the School of Nursing has become the Division of Health Sciences. The Division of Arts, Science and General Studies replaces the Sixth Form, and the Division of Adult and Continuing Education is a new addition.

"We are delighted to work with CFBC and aspiring students in a respectful way that recognizes their culture, aspirations, and economic challenges," said Interim Provost Billy Clow. "We will strive to always present the most affordable and flexible options in our plan to interact with this beautiful region for the foreseeable future."

The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College is an institution established to cater to the needs of the post-secondary and adult population. It seeks to respond positively to the evolving needs of its learners and is committed to the development of responsible citizens who will contribute to the advancement of their country.

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