For Release Upon Receipt - May 25, 2012
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – On Wednesday February 1, 2012, a special meeting of the University Strategy Planning Committee was held at The University of the West Indies, Mona, to consider numerous proposals submitted by The UWI’s three campuses. The meeting resulted in a number of decisions made to ratify various plans involving four of the University’s faculties.
Within the Faculty of Humanities and Education, St. Augustine, the Department of Liberal Arts has been split into two new Departments, since August 1. The two new departments are the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL) and the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies (LCCS).
Dr. Nicole Roberts heads MLL, while Dr. Louis Regis, LCCS. Matters concerning Literatures in English, Communication Studies and Cultural Studies fall under LCCS and all language matters (French, Spanish, Portuguese) and Linguistics under MLL.
The Faculty of Science and Agriculture, St. Augustine, will be abolished to accommodate the creation of two faculties; a Faculty of Food and Agriculture and a Faculty of Science and Technology. Similarly at Cavehill and Mona, the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences is to be renamed the Faculty of Science and Technology, to harmonise the name of the Science Faculties on all three residential campuses.
The Optometry programme will be transferred from the Faculty of Science and Agriculture to the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), St. Augustine. This programme will be administered, for the first time, out of the Office of the Dean, FMS, until it has grown sufficiently to justify the formation of a School.
Finally, plans to establish the Mona School of Engineering were approved. Additional engineering programmes will be added only after they have been subjected to a rigorous screening process.
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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.
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