The University of The West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

Annual Report

2015/2016: Year In Review Timeline

When times get tough, it’s time to step up and step out! In other words, it’s time to engage! Take a look at some of the highlights of our year! Click the links for full articles, photos and videos. Find out more about how we’ve been working with governments, business, civil society and the wider community to promote accelerated growth and a strong sustainable future for our region!


AUGUST 2015

GUANAPO LANDFILL PROJECT KIDS

Children from the Heights of Guanapo joined children at UWI’s Discover Camp to learn about Aquaponics from resaerchers and members of the Guanapo community.

  • The sod was turned for the $60 million Republic Bank Plaza. The building will be handed over to The University of the West Indies in 25 years.
  • Three new Deans assume office.
  • The Campus welcomed 5384 new undergraduate and postgraduate students at the annual UWI Life events which kick off the year-long First Year Experience programme.

SEPTEMBER 2015

2015 UWI-NGC RESEARCH EXPO

The 2nd Research Expo took place under the theme Advancing Knowledge, Impacting Lives. A companion book, website and videos were produced to support the event and spread the word about the research and innovation taking place on the Campus. Also see this article in UWI Today.

  • Mr Frank Soodeen succeeds Ms Jennifer Joseph as Campus Librarian.
  • Official handover of the Teaching and Learning facility at the San Fernando General Hospital.
  • The Campus signed an MOU with Lake Asphalt Trinidad and Tobago (1978) Limited to collaborate on research, development and commercialisation.
  • The Faculty of Humanities & Education hosted the 2nd International Human Communications Studies Conference.
  • Film student, Michael Rochford won the award for Best Emerging T&T Filmmaker for his debut film, “Pendulum.”
  • The 3543 new undergraduate students were formally welcomed into The University at the annual Matriculation Ceremony.
  • UWI’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies supports call to approve a National Gender Policy

OCTOBER 2015

PHASE 1 OF AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION PARK

The Campus launched its first phase of The UWI/ China Agricultural University (CAU) Agricultural Innovation Park (AIP) at the University’s East Campus - the 200-acre farm at Orange Grove.

  • The Campus welcomed Mrs. Andrea Taylor-Hanna as the new Bursar.
  • Graduation exercises for the 14/15 academic year took place.
  • The Campus hosted the 10th edition of the UWI-SPEC International Half Marathon.

NOVEMBER 2015

NEW BUILDING FOR THE ARTS UWI

Art was the name suggested by celebrated artist and mas man, Peter Minshal for the new DCFA building at Cheeseman Avenue.

  • Cocoa researchers got a call to action from Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries. He said that while The University has been very good in the lab, it’s time to move from the lab to production.
  • The Campus and Huawei Technologies signed a 3-year MOU to establish joint research and cooperative programmes.
  • STA student, Nikolai Edwards elected to Commonwealth Youth Council.
  • UWI FDCRC launched a new book on “Childrearing Practices in the Caribbean: Lessons and Implications from a National Assessment in Trinidad and Tobago.”
  • Caribbean Breadfruit Network launched to address food security.
  • UWI FDC celebrated International Children’s Day with students from Bamboo Grove Presbyterian Primary School and Curepe Vedic Primary School

DECEMBER 2015

BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER?

On Christmas Eve, DCFA students, Tasha Frank and Chelsea Sherry Ramjit were presented the Derek Walcott Bursary in Creative and Festival Arts by the Nobel Laureate himself.

  • The FDCRC hosted a bake off competition to promote the use of locally grown food and healthy eating.

JANUARY 2016

UWI MOURNS JIT SAMAROO

He crossed the greats traditions of our music, was unique and innovative, representing the best of Trinidad and Tobago, a wonderful human being and a true friend of The UWI. He was always there for us and I will miss him" – Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal on the passing of pan pioneer, Mr Jit Samaroo, DLitt.

  • Sport for Social Change - a Public Lecture hosted by the Department of Management Studies, featuring Dr Vladimir Borkovic who spoke on ‘How to become a Champion in Life and Sport’.
  • The UWI Discovers series continued with a visit to Cuba.

FEBRUARY 2016

CELEBRATING ROY CAPE

The UWI, Media 21 and Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts came together in continued support of local arts and culture to dedicate to distinguished musical veteran, Roy Cape.

  • DCFA student, Aaron”Voice” St. Louis won the 2016 International Soca Monarch competition singing “Cheers to Life”.
  • DCFA alumna Amrika Mutroo won the 2016 National Calypso Queens competition singing “All Lives Matter”.
  • UWI students were breathing life and fire into traditional carnival characters at the DCFA’s annual Old Yard show.
  • Khedeill James, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, won the title of Miss UWIverse 2016.

MARCH 2016

BOOK LAUNCH - “IN THE FIRES OF HOPE – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AT 50

Volume 1 of a two-part publication coming out of the Distinguished Lecture Series ‘Conversations with Prime Ministers’ hosted by the campus to commemorate T&T’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012.

  • Campus Council, 2016
  • UWI’s IGDS spoke out on Gender-Based Violence following the murder of a Japanese tourist.
  • UWI in collaboration with Trinity College hosted a transdisciplinary conference, “Turning Tides: Caribbean Intersections in the Americas and Beyond”
  • Celebrated Caribbean novelist, short-story writer and current Writer-in-Residence Lawrence Scott was featured at the 18th Annual Campus Literature Week commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare
  • Co-curricular students took part in a beach clean up in Carenage.

APRIL 2016

NEW PRINCIPAL ANNOUNCED FOR ST AUGUSTINE

Former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Brian Copeland, was appointed Campus Principal Designate of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine. He succeeded Professor Clement Sankat, who served two terms as Campus Principal from 2008.

  • Dr Wayne Ganpat appointed Dean of the Faculty of Food & Agriculture and Professor Rhoda Reddock re-appointed Deputy Principal.
  • The University celebrated the local launch of the UWI Global Giving Week at a cocktail event hosted by the Ministry of Education, and attended by Local Patron, His Excellency, Anthony Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The Campus hosted the inaugural VC’s Sports Awards
  • DCFA Theatre Arts students presented the Japanese play, “Rashomon”, part of the DCFA’s 2016 Season of the Arts.

MAY 2016

FROM FETE TO FUND

The proceeds of events such as the UWI All-Inclusive Carnival Fete made it possible for hundreds of students over the years to benefit from scholarships and bursaries.

  • At the 2nd Biennial Conference on Sport and Higher Education, feature speaker, Dean Kriellaars promoted what he calls “physical literacy.”
  • The works of 17 final-year students from the Visual Arts Degree Programme were displayed at a public exhibition at the National Museum and Art Gallery.

JUNE 2016

PROFESSOR DAVE CHADEE PASSED AWAY

Known to many as “the mosquito man”, Professor Chadee was a renowned Entomologist and Parasitologist, and an expert in vector-borne diseases.

  • The 3rd biennial UWI – NGC Research Awards ceremony was held.
  • UWI and Shell Trinidad Limited signed an MOU for more scholarships
  • Three new professors appointed at St. Augustine – Gadad, Morgan and Pandey.
  • UWI Connect app launched by Alumni Affairs Unit.
  • Agriculture innovation competition – a component of the RDI funded ADOPT project - won by Holy Cross College.
  • Retirees honoured at Awards Ceremony.

JULY 2016

CAPE COLLECTS CLASSIC CONCERT CHEQUE

The Campus presented a cheque to musician and band-leader, Roy Cape – proceeds from the concert held in February.

  • The St. Augustine campus made its major leadership transition earlier than had been anticipated as Professor Copeland assumed office in July.
  • CETL launched its new Technology Teaching Lab