It’s been two long years since the devastating earthquake ripped Haiti and destroyed millions of lives and properties. However, even after two long years the University of the State of Haiti (Université d’Etat d’Haïti or UEH) has still not been reconstructed even though proposals have been written and consortiums have been organized many a times. There have been talks with Foreign Delegations regarding rebuilding of the University along with a proposal for a university campus that will bring together the entire 11 faculties under one campus. This dream has still not seen the light of the day.
UEH is the oldest and a central institution of higher learning in Haiti. The condition of this institution at the moment is pitiable where faculties are tucked into very hot shacks and it is nearly impossible for the faculties to hear the professors who are shouting at the top of their voice to make them audible. This is only posing a threat to Haiti’s future as the oldest institution of learning is not given importance by the Haitian government.
380 students and 50 professors and the administrative staff of UEH lost their lives in the destructive earthquake and many more disappeared. The challenge of reconstruction and rebuilding the university is vital for it will assure a better future for the next generation.