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PM Mitchell Thanks CKLN Board for Being the Vanguard of Integrating Regional Efforts

St. George's, Grenada               January 22, 2014 

Dr. The Hon. Keith Mitchel, Prime Minister of Grenada  recently met with the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN. He thanked CKLN for being the vanguard of integrating regional efforts, and encouraged the Board members to continue to send the message of functional cooperation and collaboration throughout the region, which he called "an enormous responsibility".

The Prime Minister told the Board that he firmly believes in advancing technology to improve the lot of Caribbean people. 

UWI CONDUCTS FIRST TELEMEDECINE TRANSMISSION USING C@ribNET

 
Kingston, Jamaica, November 6, 2013
 
The first telemedicine broadcast by the University of the West Indies, UWI, using the region's only dedicated research and education network, C@ribNET, was conducted today. The telecast originated from the Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit (HWFMU) at the Mona Campus and was broadcast to medical students and faculty at the Open Campus sites in Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados. The HWFMU has been a hub for the promotion and advancement of Sexual and Reproductive Health (S&RH) for the past 30 years.

 
Professor E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, noted that “this is a very special occasion for the UWI as it brings us closer to the vision of a university linked virtually… a seamless environment powered by technology, allowing students around the region to have access to the best teaching and learning resources from all campuses.”
 
Mr. Ken Sylvester, CEO of the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN, said that among the benefits of C@ribNET is its ability to enable much greater teaching and learning possibilities throughout the region and to reach the thousands of students that matriculate annually but are not afforded tertiary education due to lack of space.
 

CARICOM Agencies Generate 17 Communities of Practice

October 15, 2013 

Representatives from over 20 CARICOM agencies generated 17 communities of practice when they met at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados on October 10-11, 2013 for a workshop hosted by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN.

A Community of Practice is defined as "a network of individuals with common problems or interests who get together to explore ways of working, identify common solutions and share good practices and ideas."

The workshop focused on the Agencies’ use of the major  regional ICT infrastructure, C@ribNET, in support of functional cooperation and collaboration.  At the fifth meeting of the Secretary General of CARICOM and Heads of Community Institutions held in Georgetown, Guyana in July 2013, the meeting agreed that CKLN would host this workshop to better acquaint the agencies with C@ribNET and its potential.

OECS Community Colleges Benefit from CKLN Technical Training

St. George’s, Grenada, September 27, 2013

In September, CKLN undertook a training activity for Network Engineers of all the Community Colleges within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS. The training provided further capacity building for maintenance of customer premises equipment (CPE) at the colleges. The CPE generally includes devices such as routers, switches, adaptors that enable consumers to access services and distribute them around their premises (in this case, college campuses) via a Local Area Network (LAN). CKLN procured the CPEs to enable the colleges to exchange traffic with the regional research and education network, C@ribNET.