Mrs. Susan Sarah Owen was appointed Director of The University of the West Indies Open Campus Centre for Continuing and Professional Education on March 1, 2019. Prior to that she served as Acting Deputy Director of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) in The UWI Open Campus Country Sites from February 2016 subsequent to assuming the position of Head of The UWI Open Campus St. Kitts and Nevis in November 2010. Before joining the Open Campus, Mrs. Owen worked as an instructor in the Foundation Language Programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. She holds a BA in Literatures in English from the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) an MA in English from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) and is pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership in Higher Education with the University of the West Indies, Open Campus. She is a proud daughter of the soil of St. Kitts and Nevis with close family ties to Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. Her perspective is therefore firmly rooted in the philosophy and practice of regional integration. Her research interests include education, culture, leadership and film and she serves on a number of community, national and University boards and committees.
As Director of The UWI Open Campus CPE Centre Mrs. Owen is guided by the vision of the Centre as a key enabler forThe UWI to be the region’s premier provider of continuing and professional education and the mission of increasing access to relevant and innovative continuing and professional education designed to assist adult learners in achieving their full potential. Guided by The UWI core values of integrity, excellence, diversity, gender justice and student centredness Mrs. Owen looks forward to continuing to develop and strengthen existing best practices in CPE while exploring and creating new partnerships and processes for continuing campus-wide success in CPE.
Kittitian author Caryl Phillips once suggested “a writer often wants to change the reader’s perception of the world, which is a political act. But we have to work through character so helping the reader feel close to fictional characters is the gate through which we have to usher the reader”. Collectively as an institution we wish to change the regional continuing and professional education landscape. While we will not write fiction we must commit to helping our region’s people feel a sense of confidence and connectedness to our work in this field. We must ensure our training is relevant, accessible and brings meaning and value at the individual and community (local, national or regional) levels. We must also work to ensure that all our learning pathways at the Open Campus (PLA, CPE, Undergraduate and Graduate) are well aligned. This is the gate to life changing learning through which we will usher the new era of Caribbean Development.