We begin a new series in which we share some little known facts from our archival holdings! Do enjoy!
Did You Know?
That the Jamaican Association of Professional Agriculturalists (established in 1946) agitated for the establishment of an Agricultural College as part of the University College of the West Indies (UCWI) even before the College officially started in 1948?
“A dominant feature of the West Indian life is the almost complete dependence of all the constituent islands on Agriculture. In plans for the establishment of a West Indian University, therefore, prime consideration should be given to agricultural education and no handicap to this basically important branch of the University’s activities should be tolerated on account of considerations based merely on present expediency.”-Memorandum submitted to Dr. Thomas Taylor, Principal, UCWI, February 1947.
This concentration on agriculture was realized when the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad merged with the UCWI to form the St. Augustine Campus with the Faculty of Agriculture being the first faculty of the campus in 1960.