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UWI Open Campus Responds to Regional Leadership Challenge: Launches Specialised ONLINE Course in Transformational Leadership to Achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Barbados. December 7, 2017. Applications are now open at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus for a groundbreaking online course in Transformational Leadership to equip Caribbean leaders and technical managers in the public and private sector, as well as civil society and development organizations to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for the region.
 
Under an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), The UWI Open Campus has partnered with PEMANDU Associates of Malaysia, to develop the Certificate Course on Transformational Leadership to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, which will commence on January 22, 2018.  Other partners for the course include the Caribbean Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.  
 
The short-term Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) 40-hour course covers core elements from the field of leadership, results based management, sustainable development and the execution of inter-sectoral projects in support of SDGs.
 
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus Dr. Luz Longsworth has described the course as an extraordinary partnership. 
“We signed off on this partnership in September, and already this remarkable course is bearing fruit. The UWI Open Campus is delighted to offer the course online, and we are excited at the prospect of equipping the region’s leaders to implement the SDGs as we take significant steps towards ensuring that we meet the 2030 Goals.”
 
The customized Certificate Course on Transformational Leadership to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is uniquely designed to bring together the expertise of The UWI faculty and the specialized knowledge and practical experience of PEMANDU Associates by going beyond the ‘what’ of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Agenda to focus more specifically on building technical capacity around the ‘how’, focusing on:
Maximizing limited resources (human, financial, institutional, etc.) of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS);
Managing the process of operationalizing the SDGs; 
Building a culture committed to the ‘discipline of execution’ through systematic goal setting, identification of indicators, monitoring, reporting and re-alignment of strategy and resources. 
 
For more information on the SDGs Leadership Development Course and on how to apply, interested persons are invited to visit www.open.uwi.edu/cert-sdg.  Given the high interest in this specialised course, it is best to apply early.  Application deadline is Tuesday January 2, 2018. 
 
 
 
About The UWI
Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: www.uwi.edu and www.open.uwi.edu
 
 
About PEMANDU Associates
PEMANDU Associates is a private consulting and delivery unit that evolved from an autonomous Government Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), established in 2009 to oversee the social and economic transformation of Malaysia.
PEMANDU Associates provides advisory and implementation services to governments and corporate organisations to achieve challenging targets in areas such as Government transformation programmes, business turn around programmes, training and lab facilitation, implementation, performance management and monitoring programmes, transformational leadership discourses, strategic alignment, management and prioritisation workshops, budget rationalisation and communications, marketing and creative content development.
PEMANDU has served Governments across the globe including Africa, Middle East, South Asia and ASEAN as well as multi-national and non-governmental organisations. 
The success of PEMANDU’s Big Fast Results™ (BFR) Methodology has been documented by Harvard Business School, Princeton University and MIT Sloan School of Management, while the United Kingdom's Innovation Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and NESTA, have listed PEMANDU among the world's top innovation teams in Government. 
In April 2017, the World Bank Group published a case study on PEMANDU’s experience as part of its Knowledge & Research Centre’s publication. Website: http://pemandu.gov.my
 
About Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is a regional financial institution established by an Agreement signed in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1969. CDB intends to be the leading catalyst for development resources in the Region, working in an efficient, responsive and collaborative manner with our Borrowing Member Countries and other development partners, towards the systematic reduction of poverty in their countries through sustainable development. Website: http://www.caribank.org/
 
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.  Website: http://www.jm.undp.org/