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UWI and Republic Bank encourage students to “Get On Board & Take Flight” in 2014

For Release Upon Receipt - February 12, 2014

St. Augustine

 ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago:- For 12 years, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus and Republic Bank Limited continue to attract an increasing number of UWI students to their annual World of Work (WOW) programme. WOW prepares final-year UWI students for the world of work, by providing training in key areas such as: writing resumes, preparing for interviews, dressing for success, financial planning, networking and taking part in mock interviews with professionals, including UWI alumni.  

Through the theme Get On Board & Take Flight, WOW 2014 aims at instilling professionalism among the members of the graduating class by providing an avenue for the UWI Alumni Association, which will enable them to contribute to the quality of UWI graduates. This is done by sharing their knowledge and experiences and facilitating more interaction between students and employers/ entrepreneurs. With over 1,300 final-year students who participated in last year’s programme, 2014 expects to follow suit, with each component having been tailored to develop a targeted skill set. 

Students have already learned to master the art of Resume Writing through workshops that have been running since October 2013. Another highlight was the Interview Preparation workshop, which took place on January 3. This was aimed at teaching the students interviewing skills which will allow them to impress prospective employers.  

The WOW 2014 Seminar took place on February 1 and featured presentations on “Money Matters…And Then What?” facilitated by Republic Bank Limited and “Business Etiquette” by Image, Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant/Trainer, Catherine Gordon, among others. At this event, prizes were awarded to students who paid keen attention and were able to answer specific questions on the presentations.

Students were also given the opportunity to fine-tune their interview skills with real business professionals and obtain valuable feedback at Mock Interviews. These interviews continue this Saturday, February 15, at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC). This final session is restricted to students of the Faculties of Social Sciences, and Humanities and Education.  

On February 20, the Networking Practical Cocktail Reception and Vacation Employment Workshop will take place. Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships and it provides the most productive, most proficient and most enduring tactics to build relationships. The Networking Practical, therefore, will give the first 100 registered students the opportunity to test their skills in etiquette and networking with immediate feedback. A workshop tailored specifically for regional and international UWI students is also scheduled for February 27 at the Daaga Auditorium. 

On March 20 and 21 respectively, a Recruitment Fair will be held for all returning students and final-year graduating students.

 For further information, please contact Mr. Chandar Gupta Supersad, UWI Student Advisory Services at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 82360, or via e-mail at




About The 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 proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.) 

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