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UWI hosts a 'Global Citizenship Dialogue' with Kees

For Release Upon Receipt - November 25, 2011

St. Augustine

Just before the start of exams, the International Office (IO) at The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) St. Augustine Campus offers students, staff and the public an opportunity for inspiration and relaxation – a chance to interact in a truly unique manner with Trinidad and Tobago’s international soca superstar, Kees Dieffenthaller. 

Kees, accompanied by music producer Klase (hit maker for Kees, Machel and others), will be at The University’s Daaga Auditorium from 5-7pm on Thursday 1st December, 2011, for a new type of 'chat' – in front of a live audience – with Mr. Sharan Chandradath Singh, Director of UWI's IO, as a part of his Office’s Global Citizenship Dialogue (GCD) project. 

The GCD project is a forum for exposing UWI students to matters of global importance, focusing primarily on empowering them and developing their social consciousness.  The events take the form of a conversation between Mr. Singh and guests of international accomplishment, transpiring in front of a live audience of UWI students, staff and other interested parties. The GCD is primarily targeted to an audience of young adults and future leaders with the expectation that the personalities invited and issues discussed will appeal to them and resonate with their innate leadership, civic and scholastic intelligences. 

This installment of the GCD is titled, Global Citizenship Dialogue: One on One with Kees, will focus on Kees’ life in three segments – his past, what’s going on in his life at present and his goals for the future. The 2011 Groovy Soca Monarch will reveal his source of musical inspiration, talk about his journey to superstardom and discuss the issues that concern him most.

The ‘dialogue’ will take place throughout the event where the audience will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of a new song, and potential 2012 soca track, LIVE with Kees and Klase.  While Mr. Singh and Kees talk about a wide range of issues, Klase will build a brand new music track from scratch taking inspiration from what is being discussed.  At the end of the session, Kees will 'freestyle' over the new track and he will involve the audience in his freestyle as well!  This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and experience first-hand how T&T's incredibly creative talents make their magic and create the hit music that we all love and enjoy.

For further information, please contact the International Office at (868) 662-2002 ext 84184 or log onto


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.

(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)


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