Jamaica: UWI receives US$25m grant from US tech giant

The University of the West Indies ( The UWI) has secured a grant of US$25 million from virtual and augmented reality software developer EON Reality.

The university said this is the largest international grant that it has ever received.

The grant will see EON Reality, which is based in the US tech hub Silicon Valley; enter the Caribbean market as a post-COVID education development leader, according to The UWI.

EON Reality has a global development network — with more than 20 locations worldwide — and over 40 million users on its AR/VR library for education and industry.

Dr Luz Longsworth, Principal of The UWI Open Campus and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global Affairs, spearheads the project.

Longsworth is in charge of efforts to transform the 10-year-old Open Campus into The UWI’s Global Campus.


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