Professor Ekwue

On behalf of all staff of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, I welcome all our new and returning students to this 2021/2022 Academic Year. You are valued members of our University’s community. Your success – whether in the laboratory, workshop, the classroom, the community or elsewhere – is also our success, and we are committed to providing the training and support you need to achieve it. No matter the challenges posed by COVID-19, we are well determined to overcome them. Do not therefore be afraid or unduly worried, as things will turn out well. Vaccination against the disease now brings renewed hope. As a vibrant and growing research-intensive institution, The University of the West Indies is committed to training the next generation of scholars, practitioners, and professionals. The Faculty has a high reputation built around its academic excellence and research scholarship developed over its 59 years of existence. We offer mostly internationally accredited programmes existing in five departments and attract students and staff from across the Caribbean region and beyond. Many resources are available to you during the course of your education.

The Faculty booklet provides you with very important information that will guide you on the rules and regulations that will be important in your studies and other activities, to ensure that you excel while here at the St. Augustine Campus. Please read it carefully and completely to familiarize yourself with your selected course of study and the associated rules and regulations. It is your responsibility to know and comply with the relevant regulations. Being familiar with the material contained in this booklet will assist you in setting a timetable for navigating successfully through your programme. The programmes of study are broad, varied and cover a wide spectrum of engineering. All staff members in the Faculty are working tirelessly to produce distinctive graduates by providing our students with a high quality and enduring learning environment. To ensure this, the Faculty follows the University’s rigorous quality assurance practices very closely. Our programmes are regularly reviewed by a team of professionals from other regional and international institutions to ensure that they are up-to-date and surpass the stringent requirements and standards required by international accreditation bodies. Our students benefit from these current and tested programmes. As students, you should on your own part display diligence, discipline, and dedication to your studies. Ensure that you attend all classes and participate in all activities by paying attention to the lecturers, completing all assignments, and engaging in sufficient self-study. You will find that most of your lectures will be online because of the pandemic but make the best use of them. As we move away from the pandemic period, your classes will move more to a face-to-face or hybrid mode.

Ensure that you take care of your health by eating healthy food, exercising regularly, participating in constructive extracurricular activities, and getting adequate rest. In addition, observe all the necessary recommended COVID-19 health precautions including washing your hands regularly, maintaining a social distance and wearing your masks. We are not out of the woods yet. Manage your time very wisely. I urge you to work along with your lecturers, technicians, and others, all of whom are here to help you, to ensure that you succeed. Always make sure that you are motivated to do your work and seek assistance promptly from the relevant authorities, if you are faced with any challenges or problems. The twenty-first century is full of opportunities so be well prepared to grasp them. Your entry into the Faculty of Engineering is an indication of your preparedness to take up the challenge. My colleagues and I wish you great success and look forward to celebrating with you at your graduation. Thanks a lot for choosing us for your undergraduate/postgraduate study. You will have a rewarding experience here.

 

Edwin Ikenna Ekwue,
B.Eng. (Nigeria), MSc, PhD (Cranfield, UK), MASABE, FIAgrE (UK)

PROFESSOR AND DEAN, FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, ST AUGUSTINE CAMPUS

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