As a new academic year begins, on behalf of all staff of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the West Indies, I welcome all our new and returning students to this 2019/2020 Academic Year. You are valued members of our University’s community as students. Your success – whether in the laboratory, the classroom or the community – is also our success, and we are committed to providing the training and support you need to achieve it. 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 57 years of existence. We offer mostly internationally accredited programmes that attract students and staff from across the Caribbean region and beyond.

Many resources are available to you during the course of your education. The undergraduate and postgraduate booklets provide 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 so as 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 these booklets will assist you in setting a timetable for moving 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 also participate in all activities by paying attention to the lecturers, completing all assignments and engaging in sufficient self-study. Ensure that you take care of your health by eating healthy food, exercising regularly, participating in extra-curricular activities and getting adequate rest. 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. Make sure at all times 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 study

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

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