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The Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN, is an inter-governmental Agency of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, established to assist Caribbean member states enhance their global competitiveness by upgrading and diversifying the skills and knowledge of human resources through greater regional collaboration and connectivity.
Representatives from government and tertiary institutions of member islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) held a consultation in Grenada in early February to discuss the formation of an OECS Research and Education Network (OREN) to facilitate collaboration among national education and research institutions. Hosted by the CKLN, the participants made a number of recommendations that included the formation of a Task Force to initiate and formalise the OECS-REN. Their mandate is to accomplish a number of critical milestones within three (3) months
The Task Force comprises all Principals or Presidents of Colleges, a member of the Open Campus of the University ofthe West Indies, a member of CKLN staff and an OECS ICT resource person. Mr. Marcellus Albertin (left), Head of EDMU, OECS was appointed to chair the Task Force.
The Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) has accompanied the development of the regional research and education network C@ribNET with a programme of technical support that aims to develop national research and education networks and enable end-user institutions to leverage the network for improved service delivery.
The steelpans of Trinidad and Tobago signaled the official launch and ushering in of C@ribNET, the Caribbean's first dedicated research and education network, into the global research and education community. During a memorable ceremony at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy of Performing Arts on February 26, 2013, the high capacity fibre optic network was both demonstrated and welcomed by CARICOM, representatives of the international research and education networks, international funders and the Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training in Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Ken Sylvester, Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN, host of the event, welcomed delegates from across the region and representatives from as far afield as Chile and Kenya.
Below are some of the welcome remarks and key note presentations.