Brescia enters exchange program agreement with University of West Indies


December 1, 2009

London, ON – Brescia University College and the University of the West Indies (UWI) will be offering their femalestudents academic and cultural growth opportunities at both institutions under a new exchange agreement signed lastmonth in Barbados, West Indies.

After a year of talks between the two universities, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on November 24 by Brescia Principal Dr. Colleen Hanycz and Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Cave Hill campus. The new agreement will facilitate the joint research activities, a student exchange program, and sharing of publications, reports, and academic information for both undergraduate and graduate students at both universities.

Hanycz noted that Canada has identified international academic travel as a priority for Canadian students and Sir Hilarysaid the agreement, which is in keeping with the current regional effort to build greater relations with Canada, will facilitate opportunities for research by female students enrolled at the Cave Hill campus in Barbados.

Hilary said it is important that the contribution of female students be acknowledged. “We celebrate the enormous commitment of our young females in Barbados and in the Caribbean, who have risen to take up the responsibility and the leadership in driving higher education.”

The MOU signing ceremony drew an impressive crowd of educators, students, and dignitaries. Among them was Canada’s High Commissioner to Barbados, Her Excellency Ruth Archibald.

Both leaders said the agreement is the extension of a strong relationship between Brescia and UWI that will bring new benefits to students. Hanycz said, “This exchange between UWI and Brescia will encourage our students to travel and share in cultural and academic pursuits. We are delighted to be in a position to formalize this agreement and our students are excited at the possibility of studying at UWI. Similarly, we look forward to welcoming UWI students to Ontario.”

Currently Brescia admits 15 students from the West Indies into the preliminary year program already in progress at Brescia and another 10 women annually into undergraduate degree programs. This new exchange agreement will be building on this well-established relationship between Brescia and West Indies.

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For more information please contact: Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal

519.432.8353, ext. 28263 or by e-mail at

Marianne Simm, Registrar 519.432.8353, ext. 28266 or by e-mail at

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit