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Five of UWI’s finest awarded for teaching excellence

For Release Upon Receipt - October 3, 2012

St. Augustine

Last week Friday September 28th, 2012, five of UWI’s lecturers were awarded for their teaching techniques at the UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awards. The event took place at the Daaga Auditorium, University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus.

This ceremony comes out of The University’s partnership with Guardian Life of the Caribbean Ltd, to celebrate teaching excellence at The UWI. Commandeered by UWI’s Instructional Development Unit (IDU), the partnership began in 1998 and has since produced two avenues through which teaching excellence is highlighted: the Premium Teaching Awards and the Premium Open Lecture Series on learning and teaching in higher education. These events are alternated every other year.

This year’s awards Premium Teaching Awards ceremony followed the theme “Learning in this Age of Technology: Are You Ready?” Ten lecturers were nominated for award and, after evaluation of their portfolios, the judges decided on five winners – Dr. Geraldine Skeete, Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies; Dr. Gelien Matthews, Department of History; Professor Surendra Arjoon, Department of Management Studies; Dr. Sandra Reid, Psychiatry Unit, Department of Clinical Medical Sciences; and Dr. Chalapathi Rao, Pathology and Microbiology Unit, Department of Para-Clinical Sciences.

The ceremony included remarks by UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat; and Group President, Life, Health and Pensions, Mr. Ravi Tewari. The evening’s feature speaker was Dr. Baldev Singh, Director of Education Strategy at Imagine Education Limited, UK, who delivered a presentation on the innovative ways that technology can be implemented in teaching.

For more information please contact the Instructional Development Unit, UWI, at or (868) 662-2002 ext. 82611.

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