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UWI hosts 2010 Postgraduate Forum

For Release Upon Receipt - February 26, 2010

St. Augustine

St Augustine Campus showcases new postgraduate programmes for prospective students

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus will hold its annual Postgraduate Open Forum on Saturday 27th February from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the JFK Auditorium, UWI St Augustine.

Participants will benefit from one-on-one interaction with specialised faculty advisors and get a chance to sit and talk with current students enrolled in UWI postgraduate programmes. Last year, hundreds of persons interested in personal and academic development turned out for the annual Postgraduate Open Forum, which is designed to expose prospective postgraduate students to a wide range of possibilities for scholarship, research, development and innovation.

The University has recently introduced several taught and research-based graduate programmes across its Faculties. In order to remain on the cutting edge of relevance, the St Augustine Campus has crafted a suite of offerings that respond to the global challenges of Caribbean development.

In the Faculty of Engineering, two new programmes have been introduced: a Master of Science (MSc) in Water & Wastewater Services Management and an MSc in Engineering Asset Management (EAM). The EAM programme is for people wishing to upgrade their skill sets to become competent maintenance practitioners, but would be most useful to engineers and managers holding responsibilities for plant maintenance and projects in manufacturing, utilities, energy engineering and engineering service industries. Graduates will be Engineering Managers capable of effective management of the engineering assets of their organisations. Professor Chanan Syan, Programme Leader for Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, describes EAM as “the missing link in the Caribbean”. For more information, click (searchword “EAM”). 


In the Faculty of Medical Sciences, three new postgraduate offerings are now available: a Master of Public Health (MPH), M.Phil/Ph.D. Neuroscience and a Masters Degree Programme in Advanced Nursing (MSN) at the School of Advanced Nursing Education (SANE) in Mount Hope. The MSN is a progression of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc.N) currently offered at SANE. The first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, this postgraduate programme is a unique opportunity for individuals who have completed their BScN or related undergraduate degree to transition smoothly into graduate studies. The MSN seeks to target leaders, teachers and advanced clinicians, preparing them for practice. In its initial stages the programme seeks to specialize specifically in the area of Nursing Education and focuses primarily on theory, research and clinical practice. For more information, click (searchword “MSN”). 


In the Faculty of Science & Agriculture, prospective postgraduate students can now apply for the Postgraduate Diploma and M.Sc. in Agri-Food Safety and Quality Assurance, the MSc in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health and the MSc in Science and Management of Tropical Biodiversity, which is directed by Professor Andrew Lawrence. In May 2009, an MOU between The UWI and the Buccoo Reef Trust. Among the list of priorities in the MOU was the involvement of the Buccoo Reef Trust in the delivery of aspects of the new MSc in Science and Management of Tropical Biodiversity. The opportunity for students to meet professionals working in the industry and learn about aspects of the management and exploitation of terrestrial and marine tropical environments was “a key component of the new MSc”, Professor Lawrence said. With courses including environmental legislation, environmental impact assessment, data analysis and management and geoinformatics, UWI the new MSc can meet the needs of a wide range of professionals in the environmental management sector. For more information, click (searchword “Buccoo”). 


The Faculty of Social Sciences has introduced an MSc in International Finance and a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip.) and M.Sc. in Sports Management. This PG Dip. was formally introduced this month in a programme launch hosted by Professor Clement Sankat, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St. Augustine Campus Principal, and involving participants from FIFA/CIES, the Ministry of Sport, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, and a number of sporting NGOs. The new programme, which is coordinated by the UWI Department of Management Studies, aims to provide broad-based understanding of sport management, marketing, finance, facilities management and policy development issues, law, communication, and event management challenges involved in delivering sports services in a globalised environment.   For more information, click  (searchword “FIFA”). 

Postgraduate study is intended for persons interested in engaging in local and international projects which would significantly contribute to the enhancement of the region. UWI postgraduate study is tailored to persons interested in establishing partnerships with academics, researchers and intellectuals from the 100-plus international universities and colleges with which UWI has collaborative agreements.

Last year’s Forum featured a series of informational booths set up by the UWI St Augustine Faculties of Science & Agriculture, Social Sciences, Humanities & Education, Engineering and Medicine, as well as the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), Institute of Gender and Development Studies and The Institute of International Relations. Students also had the opportunity to apply on the spot, at a series of on-site application stations.

For more information on the 2010 Postgraduate Open Forum, please contact Mr Jules Sobion, Marketing & Communication Office, at (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3635 or e-mail

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.