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"A warm welcome to all Graduate Students who are embarking on the start of this academic year."
In recent years it has become increasingly clear that completion of an undergraduate degree demonstrates the ability to deal with complex ideas and concepts in broad disciplinary areas, but does not, and is not designed to produce a professionally competent individual. Taught Masters programmes have consequently been proliferating at an impressive rate – not just at the UWI but universally.
Most frequently, these programmes are formulated based upon demand – by potential students seeking to upgrade their skills in particular areas, and/or by discourse between the university and potential employers wishing to ensure that a workforce capable of meeting their professional needs is being generated. The taught Masters programmes therefore are designed to enhance your marketability (in most developed countries a Masters degree increases your earning power by some 20% over the undergraduate degree) or even your ability to create your own market niche. The taught masters programmes therefore help the University to fulfil its mandate to be responsive to the needs of its host society. As a taught Masters student, moreover, you are in a group comprising 80% of all registered graduate students, and are thus of considerable importance to the University. We expect you to bring to your programme your experience, your passions and your discernment, producing an environment of inquiry, excitement and commitment to quality that will help to lift the performance of your peers and your professors. In return we undertake to provide the environment that will enable you to realise your potential to become a respected professional in your field of endeavour. Welcome to Graduate Studies at the University of the West Indies. Please help us to help you to become the best that you can be.
Ronald E. Young
Professor of Human & Comparative Physiology
Pro Vice Chancellor (Graduate Studies)
The University of the West Indies