The Barbados government wants the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus to be renamed after former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who passed away in July, aged 70.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the House of Assembly that her administration approached the Vice Chancellor of UWI and recommended that the campus be renamed The Owen Arthur Campus at Cave Hill, The University of the West Indies.
“This is not a decision of the Barbados Government obviously, it is a decision of the University of the West Indies, and we will live with whatever decision they make. But we will strongly advocate for the Cave Hill Campus to be named The Owen Arthur Campus at Cave Hill, The University of the West Indies,” Mottley said as she led off tributes to Arthur in the Lower House.
She said this “simple act” would “inspire another young boy, whether in Rose Hill or a young girl in Bush Hall, or a young boy in Hindsbury Road, to be believe that they can be the best that they can be in this country”.
Arthur was Barbados’ longest serving prime minister, from 1994 to 2008.