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April, 2022
Thematic Area: 

Education is arguably the most important factor in attaining national economic development. In any country, higher education is both a fundamental requirement in achieving a highly skilled labour force as well as an aspiration of many young people for their own personal development and social mobility. No country can achieve sustainable development without substantial investment in human capital. Despite this knowledge, inadequate and inequitable access to tertiary education remains a major developmental challenge in Jamaica. This report assesses the funding sources currently available for tertiary education in Jamaica and compares different tertiary education financing models.

Priya Alexander


Priya is from Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a Master’s degree with Distinction in Economics from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Her current research focus is on the care economy in Jamaica.

Marika Pecco

Communications Officer



Yentyl Williams

Director of Strategy

Yentyl Williams, a dual national of Trinidad and Tobago and the UK, brings a decade of experience working on EU relations with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states.

Nicol Walker

Director of Programmes

Nicol earned a B.Sc. in Zoology and Botany and an M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She achieved the Project Management Professional certification in 2005 from the Global Project Management Institute.

Diana Thorburn, PHD

Director of Research

Diana joined the CAPRI team full time in 2018. She was a member of the Taking Responsibility project, the precursor to CAPRI.

Damien King, PHD

Executive Director

In his capacity as Executive Director, Damien convenes the Caribbean 2030 Leaders Network – a group consisting of young, energetic business, political, and civic leaders who meet annually to discuss and engineer the future of Caribbean development.

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 08:00
Event Address: 
5-9 South Odeon Avenue