Terry Elinor-Reid

Concordia University Wisconsin has partnered with the largest university in the West Indies to bring Caribbean students a new degree opportunity in pharmaceuticals and chemical product development.

CUW recently signed an agreement with the University of the West Indies (UWI), which will open the door to various cross-cultural opportunities; namely, providing a route for students enrolled in UWI’s Mona campus, located just outside of Kingston, Jamaica, to enroll in Concordia’s Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) program.

Concordia’s one-of-a-kind master’s program offers multiple tracks:

Concordia also offers a dual Doctor of Pharmacy and MPD degree option.

The partnership is largely thanks to Concordia’s Terry-Elinor Reid, PhD, an assistant professor within the CUW School of Pharmacy. The native-born Jamaican joined Concordia’s pharmacy faculty in 2018, and is an instructor for the MPD program, which is housed in Concordia’s Batterman School of Business.

After graduating from high school in Jamaica, Reid traveled to Washington D.C. to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Howard University. For about a year prior to Concordia, Reid worked at the Institute of Human Virology for a biotech startup in the D.C. area that was launched by Henry Lowe, adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicina and a Jamaican entrepreneur.

She brings her passion for research and discovery to Concordia. She currently is involved with several research efforts. Perhaps most notably, Reid is in the early stages of researching a cure for HIV.

UWI was the first higher education institution to be established in the Caribbean, and remains the largest still today. The university’s total enrollment is just under 50,000 students, with around 18,500 enrolled at the Mona campus near Kingston.

“A good education is highly prioritized in the Caribbean, and in Jamaica, particularly,” Reid said. “This collaboration opens up opportunities for finding some threads between our programs and theirs, and it gives Caribbean students opportunities to explore courses that wouldn’t be offered there.”

As a native Jamaican, Reid also knows firsthand the value of expanding cross-cultural opportunities.

“I wholeheartedly promote collaborations with other countries because I’ve seen the benefit of them,” Reid said. “Being more culturally aware, learning of new systems, novel research, and meshing two different knowledge bases. No one has the perfect system, but at least as we collaborate, we can work toward a better way and work to expand knowledge.”

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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