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An education network for the Caribbean

October 25, 2010 2 comments

In 2007, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) proposed the creation of a regional research and education network for the Caribbean called called C@ribNET. The project has since been quietly in development and is now at the stage of developing the national networks between institutions that will eventually interconnect for the final product.

When completed, C@ribNET will allow collaboration of knowledge and ideas among institutes of higher learning across some twenty (20) Caribbean nations. It will provide a viable platform for knowledge sharing, e-Learning, e-Government and a whole host of other regional services. Further, C@ribNET will eventually allow connection to other knowledge networks across the globe.

In at least my opinion, this venture represents a significant step forward in integration of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the formation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). As citizens of the Information Age it is important to ensure regional and global communication, particularly at the research and education levels which the C@ribNET project is targeting. I look forward as well to the distance education opportunities that may arise out of this.

The project is expected to cost approximately US$20 million and is being sponsored by the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank.

CKLN Website: www.ckln.org

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