China to Fund $511 Million Project at University of the West Indies
UWI, China Harbour sign memorandum
By Dana Niland
The University of the West Indies and China Harbour Engineering Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a $511 million USD development project.
The project will include the expansion of the University Hospital from 500 to 1,000 beds, an upgrade to the College Commons, the building of a 100-room hotel, and a new center for sporting activities.
The expansion will also include the addition of a cogeneration plant to supply electricity and to feed the cooling system for the campus.
Addressing the signing ceremony at the UWI Mona Campus, Professor Archibald McDonald said that the realignment of the hospital’s structure was necessary to promote efficiency and to put the institution in a position to serve the wider region.
“This will have all the modern facilities. The Government of Jamaica invests a large portion of its budget to the [UHWI]; therefore, the University Hospital has to give back to the people of Jamaica. It has to supplement the Government’s hospitals, and provide a higher level of care,” he said.
Jamaican Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson also praised the arrangement.
“I am satisfied that the direction [in which] they are going will preserve and protect the most vulnerable within our society, and ensure that health care is not out of the reach of ordinary citizens,” Ferguson said.