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Jazz for a Cause

Jazz for a Cause
An evening of Jazz featuring Barbadian saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, and Jamaica’s guitarist and composer, Ernest Ranglin, OD, was held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland on Friday, September 23.

Jazz for a Cause

Jazz for a Cause
An evening of Jazz featuring Barbadian saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, and Jamaica’s guitarist and composer, Ernest Ranglin, OD, was held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland on Friday, September 23.

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Conference on the Economy 2011-Cocktail Reception

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627840525810/{/gallery} The Department of Economics, The University of the West Indies, hosted its annual Conference on the Economy (COTE) from October 6-8, 2011 at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium, UWI.

COTE 2011 brought together decision makers, policy makers, technocrats, private sector representatives, academics, students and members of the general public.

COTE is an annual landmark event of the Department through which findings from quality research and other studies are presented to inform economic and social policy. This year’s theme, “Managing for Development in a Volatile Economic Environment: Addressing the Challenges before us”, focused on the challenges facing regional economies through the prolonged volatile economic environment. Sub-themes of the conference included: Macroeconomics Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; Agriculture Opportunities and Challenges; Issues in Labour Economics; Trade & ICT Opportunities; Tourism and Aviation Challenges and Opportunities; Resource & Environmental Economics Issues (Disaster Preparedness); Energy Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; and Issues in Financial Economics to name a few.

This year’s conference, paid tribute to Dr. Eric St. Cyr, former Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics, UWI. Dr. St. Cyr’s contributions to the world of Economics are broad and far reaching in scope; he has contributed twenty-four (24) academic publications to the field of economics and also acted as a team member advising the Government of Grenada on Public Finances. His experience as a consultant has seen him become a part of a large number of projects with tremendous macroeconomic implications in the Caribbean.

UWI launches its virtual library

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627709383703/{/gallery} The University of the West Indies (UWI) made a giant leap toward open access of UWI’s extensive information resources when it launched their new single virtual university library space on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

The new UWI Libraries’ Information Connexion (UWIlinC) knowledge portal provides instantaneous access to a range of library material including digitized print, audio, video and images from all the libraries across all four UWI campuses via a single web space. For UWI staff and students, UWIlinC consolidates disparate collections into one system and allows for unrestricted access to the vast store of local and remote information resources held within The UWI network of campus libraries. For external parties, the new UWIlinC portal opens a window to UWI’s extensive range of unique Caribbean and scholarly resources, some of which will be available upon request.

In commenting on this landmark project which was five years in the making, University and Campus Librarian, Ms. Jennifer Joseph, underscored that “the creation of this new virtual library platform reaffirms UWI’s commitment to being a University that is deeply rooted in the Caribbean and an internationally recognised centre of excellence on matters related to our Caribbean region.” She emphasised that UWIlinC is a direct response to the University Libraries’ need, in the face of a rapidly expanding universe of online information, to provide new tools to help people find information in a manner that incorporates both immediacy and relevance. “The continuing revolution in information, computer and telecommunication technologies and the challenge of delivering service across geographically dispersed locations provided the impetus for the this initiative, which serves not just The UWI community, but our regional and international communities as well.”

UWI celebrates World Chocolate and Cocoa Day

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627832182424/{/gallery} The international community celebrated World Cocoa and Chocolate Day on October at the Cocoa Research Unit (CRU) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) joined the celebrations with an exhibition of locally grown and produced cocoa and chocolate on Friday 30th September, 2011, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Sir Frank Stockdale Building, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, UWI St. Augustine Campus.

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day is celebrated internationally on October 1st and the CRU took the opportunity to recognise and trumpet the exclusive flavour of Trinidad and Tobago’s Trinitario cocoa and the collective efforts of the country’s more than 3,000 cocoa farmers.

The exhibition featured displays and products on sale from a number of local and regional chocolatiers and cocoa producers, which included Cocobel Chocolates, Delft Cocoa Plantations, Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride, Tobago Cocoa Estate, Gina’s Hand Made Truffles, Cacao Atlanta, the Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Cocoa Research Division of the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs.

UWI / Guardian Life Premium Open Lecture 2011

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627818670994/{/gallery} The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, collaborated with Guardian Life of the Caribbean Limited, and hosted the UWI/Guardian Life Premium Open Lecture 2011, on Friday 30th September, 2011, at 5.30 pm, at the Daaga Auditorium, UWI.

This event is organized through a joint working committee of the Instructional Development Unit (IDU) at The UWI, Guardian Life of the Caribbean and Guardian Holdings Limited. The cooperation, which has been running since 1998, has sought to highlight, promote and support teaching excellence by university lecturers, while at the same time promotes outreach to the general population with respect to education.

Following the underlying theme “the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” these Open Lectures feature renowned researchers whose work reflect this paradigm.

This year’s lecture was delivered by Dr. Maryellen Weimer, Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning at Penn State University, USA, and winner of the Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching. Dr. Weimer discussed the topic Maximum Impact: Using Feedback to Drive Assessment, in which she examined the idea of assessment and in particular the aspect of assessment that deals with student development through feedback mechanisms.

The lecture targeted the teaching fraternity with special invitations to teachers and teaching administrators of tertiary institutions, primary and secondary schools.

Conference on the Economy 2011-Student Debate

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627787245772/{/gallery} This year’s Conference on the Economy (COTE 2011) featured a debate competition which took place on Thursday 29th September, 2011.

The topic debated was “Be it resolved that party politics hinder the achievement of sustainable growth and development in Caribbean economies.” The debate saw a team of undergraduate Economics students going up against a team of undergraduate International Relations students. The Economics team was coached by Dr. Lester Henry while their opponents were being coached by Dr. Maukesh Basdeo.

The debate was judged by three members of staff:
Mrs. Christine Sahadeo from the Department of Management
Dr. Anne Marie Mohammed from the Department of Economics
Mr. Gregory Wallace from the Department of Economics
The moderator for the proceedings was President of The UWI Guild of Students, Amilcar Sanatan.

The event was sponsored by the Kiss Baking Company.

SALISES Forum 6 - 2011, 'The State of Emergency: A Necessary Evil?'

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627663137205/{/gallery} The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) hosted a forum on the topic The State of Emergency: a Necessary Evil?, on Wednesday September 28th, 2011, at 10 am, at Lecture Room 1, Institute of International Relations.

Panelists included Senator Terrence Deyalsingh, Opposition Senator, the Honourable Surujrattan Rambachan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communication, Ms Merle Hodge former Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, UWI member of Women Working for Sopcial Progress, as well as Professor Patrick Watson, Director of SALISES, The UWI, St. Augustine.

The session was chaired by Dr Dennis Brown, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, at The UWI,
St. Augustine Campus. All were invited to attend and participated in the discussions that followed the presentation of the panelists.

The UWI SPEC launches International Half-Marathon 2011

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627598492663/{/gallery} The Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) of The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, launched its signature UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon on Tuesday 20th September, 2011. Professor Clement Sankat, Principal of The UWI St. Augustine Campus, hosted the official media launch at the Office of the Campus Principal. First Citizens was the presenting sponsor of the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon 2011.

The launch featured a welcome address by Ms. Lystra Francis, Director of the UWI SPEC (Ag.) and Race Director, and remarks by the Honourable Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport. It also included the presentation of the sponsorship cheque by Mr. Warren Sookdar, Chief Information Officer (Information and Communication Technology) at First Citizens, to Professor Sankat.

Top SEA students honoured at UWI Matriculation

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627591401921/{/gallery} ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. The top eleven performers of the 2011 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) were recognised by The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, as part of the Campus’ annual Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony. This year, Senator The Honourable Mr. Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education delivered the feature address at the Matriculation Ceremony, which took place on Thursday 15th September from 5pm at the JFK Quadrangle, UWI St. Augustine.

Professor E. Nigel Harris, UWI Vice Chancellor and Professor Clement Sankat, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St. Augustine Campus Principal, were also scheduled to speak at the Matriculation Ceremony, which welcomed new students as members of the academic community.
Professors Harris and Sankat recognised the incoming students as new members of academia.

Ms. Amrita J. Annamunthodo, signed the symbolic register on behalf of the students, and students were invited to sign the Matriculation Book and took the Academic Vow, led by Mr Amilcar Sanatan, UWI Student Guild President. Students were also encouraged to join the UWI Alumni Association after graduation.

Debt at Med School – UWI Student doctors fear dropout

UWI Student doctors fear dropout
Samantha Smith will be the first homegrown medical doctor in Madras, St Ann, and Andrea Salmon hopes to rewrite history in the inner-city community of Rockfort if she finds money to buy books, lab tools and diabetic medication.
The two, straight-A students, enrolled in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona, are among the country’s poorest who now have access to bettering their lives, but experience incomparable suffering trying to make ends meet.

The UWI St. Augustine Matriculation Ceremony 2010

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627663498606/{/gallery} The top ten performers of the 2010 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) were recognised by The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, as part of the Campus’ annual Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony. This year, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar, was carded to deliver the featured address at the Matriculation Ceremony, which took place on Thursday 16th September from 5pm at the JFK Quadrangle.

Professor E. Nigel Harris, UWI Vice Chancellor and Professor Clement Sankat, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St Augustine Campus Principal, were also scheduled to speak at the Matriculation Ceremony, which served the traditional purpose of welcoming new students as members of the academic community. Professors Harris and Sankat recognised the incoming students as new members of academia.

Mr. Tichard Manwah signed the symbolic register on behalf of the students, and students were invited to sign the Matriculation Book and took the Academic Vow, led by Mr Hillan Morean, UWI Student Guild President. Students are traditionally also encouraged to join the UWI Alumni Association after graduation.

The ceremony included a formal procession of the University Council, which included Sir George Alleyne, UWI Chancellor, and Ewart Williams, St Augustine Campus Council Chairman and Central Bank Governor, as well as members of Campus Management, Faculty Deans and other members of academic and administrative staff.

Prof. Lino Briguglio visits The UWI St. Augustine Campus

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627663299328/{/gallery} On Monday 12th September 2011, St. Augustine Campus Principal, Prof. Clement Sankat hosted a luncheon at which Prof. Lino Briguglio, Director of Small States Network for Economic Development, Central Bank of Malta delivered an address on the topic “Economic Vulnerability and Resilience in the Caribbean Small States”.
Guests invited to this luncheon include members of the University Community, government representatives, corporate citizens, Campus Council Chairman, Governor of the Central Bank, Ewart Williams, and senior staff at the bank, members of the diplomatic corps and other specially invited guests – Professor Emeritus Compton Bourne; Senator Professor Patrick Watson.

Snapshot of the Design Caribbean Show 2011

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157627655379536/{/gallery} THE UWI, ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad And Tobago – Kirie Ishmael, a student of the Visual Arts Unit of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) recently copped the “Best Young Designer” Award at the Design Caribbean show which took place from September 1-4 in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. Kirie won the award for her Design 3 project – Ibis-inspired jewellery.

The DCFA was well represented at the show, as five students (including Kirie) displayed work at the design fair. The other four students (and recent graduates) included Jade Achoy, Anyah McNeill, Natrisha Gangapersad and Ann Marie Samsoondar. The students benefitted from the opportunity to discuss their work with practitioners, international buyers and meet creative people from all over the Caribbean.

The Visual Arts Unit of the DCFA also played a major role in the Contemporary Caribbean Collection project which was well received at the show, through the collaboration of design lecturer, Lesley-Ann Noel and Italian design consultants Giulio and Valerio Vinaccia, and eleven local artisans and designers. This was made possible through a collaborative effort between the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the National Entrepreneurship Development Company (NEDCO) and the Visual Arts Unit of the DCFA.

Open Letter Volume 3 July 2011

Open Letter Volume 3 July 2011

Three years ago the UWI established an Open Campus for the purpose of extending the scope, enhancing the appeal and improving its service to the individuals and communities it serves. This was considered to be a bold move by the University, one that was overdue and much welcomed by those countries without full-fledged campuses. The Open Campus

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