The Bahamas and OAS Sign MOU for Scholarships and Training

The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide scholarships and training programs for Bahamian students.

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald and His Excellency Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General, signed the understanding, Thursday, February 9th during the official opening ceremony of the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education (9IAMME) at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island.

The signing was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell.   Senior Bahamian Government officials, Education Ministers from the 35 OAS countries, representatives of the World Bank, Latin America and the Caribbean were also present.

The agreement allows for the completion of technical studies, certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees at colleges and universities identified by the OAS and the Ministry in OAS Member States and Permanent Observer Countries.

Twenty-nine academic areas and 27 technical areas have been identified as “priority” areas of the MOEST. Twenty-nine professional development courses, most of which are available online, are being offered at a significantly reduced cost.

The OAS’ Consortium of Universities, comprising almost 40 universities, will offer partial and full scholarships along with other incentives.

Moreover, 15 Partnership Programs for Education and Training are being agreed upon, with the vast majority catering to those pursuing master’s degrees.

The 9IAMME is taking place February 9-10. Highlights of the conference include an exhibition that features top winners of the National Best Practice Awards, as well as best practices from other OAS states.

The theme for the Conference is, The Inter-American Education Agenda: Building Alliances and Advancing Towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

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