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A Golden Anniversary for UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - September 22, 2010

St. Augustine

It is being called “50–The Jubilee”, a week of celebrations to mark the fiftieth anniversary of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. The week runs from Sunday October 10th to Sunday October 17th, 2010 and includes a range of events.

On Sunday October 10th, the St Augustine Campus will launch its 50th Anniversary Celebrations with an Inter-Faith Service on the Campus at 10 am. Celebrations will continue on Monday 11th October at 6pm, with a Panel Discussion titled “The Future of the University,” to be held at Daaga Auditorium. On October 12th, the Central Bank Auditorium will host the launch of “From Imperial College to University of the West Indies: A History of the St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago,” written by Professor Bridget Brereton, UWI Professor of History. Anniversary celebrations will culminate in an all-inclusive fete, “The Gathering,” at the grounds of the St Augustine Campus Principal’s Office on October 17th, from noon to 7pm. These events are open to all UWI staff, students, alumni and the general public. 

The 50th Anniversary Week also includes several other events. A private reception will be hosted by Their Excellencies Professor George Maxwell Richards and Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards on October 13th. The UWI Press will hold its Awards Ceremony at Daaga Auditorium on October 14th, and a special Retirees Recognition Ceremony will be held at the Hilton Trinidad on October 15th.

For event information, please contact The Marketing & Communications Office 662-2002 Ext. 2014. To purchase tickets for ‘The Gathering,’ please contact the Office of the Campus Principal 662-2002 Exts. 3937 and 3942.

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About 50th Anniversary Celebrations

UWI St Augustine Campus: Fifty and Forging Ahead, 1960-2010. For fifty years, the St Augustine Campus has been the bosom of national and regional development. It has been a leader of society. It has been the backdrop of life stories. It has been the centre of community activity. Past, present and future, it has been there...building leaders, building character, building memories. Its name is our history. 


About UWI

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.