USM invited to participate in the Educational summit of Dutch Minister Jet Bussemaker on Sint Eustatius.

On Monday November 28, 2016, Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, President of the University of St. Martin (USM), will be delivering the keynote address at the third educational conference of the BES islands. The conference which will be held on Sint Eustatius coincides with the signing of the Education Agenda 2017-2020, aimed at improving the education offered on primary and secondary school levels on all three islands of the Dutch Caribbean.

When ask to comment on the invitation and his presentation, Dr. Guadeloupe stated, “it is a sign of slow but steady confidence throughout the Kingdom that the USM has been asked to be part of this conference. The work we have been doing with regards to transition from Dutch to English as the language of instruction on Sint Eustatius, no doubt played a role. In addition the progress we have made on St. Martin in delivering quality education and publishing in peer review academic journals. The education agenda is an important and visionary document, so my talk will be a reflection on that piece. I will seek to highlight its many promises and uncharted roads that if taken will benefit the people living on our sister islands. The Netherlands Antilles does not exist anymore, but our connection remains and USM is committed to contributing to the development of the intellectual capacities and self-realization of our cousins on Saba, Sint Eustatius and Bonaire”.

The conference will be held in the Lions Den on St. Eustatius and will be attended by the Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, Honorable Jet Bussemaker and several other dignitaries from the Dutch Caribbean islands and the Netherlands.