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Former CARICOM Head & veteran journalist among 25 Distinguished UWI Alumni to be honoured on Feb 20

For Release Upon Receipt - February 14, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Sir Edwin Carrington, former CARICOM Secretary- General and former Editor-in-Chief of the Express, Sunity Maharaj are among 25 Distinguished UWI Graduates to be honoured next Thursday February 20, at The UWI Alumni Association Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (UWIAATT) Distinguished Awards. This awards ceremony will commemorate the association’s 25th Anniversary and will be held at The UWI’s new Teaching and Learning Complex from 6pm.  

The awardees were selected from nominations received by a bi – partisan committee of Campus academic staff and the UWIAATT based on their outstanding contributions to their chosen fields, and to wider society. The 25 awardees are seen as an excellent example of the leading professionals and personalities that have studied at The UWI. For his distinguished service to the Caribbean, Sir Edwin will be specially recognised with the award of the Pelican Award, the Alumni Association’s highest Peer award, first conferred in Jamaica in 1967.  

The full listing of awardees is as follows:

1.      Charles Percy

2.      Victor Coombs

3.      Khalid Hassanali

4.      Dawn Thomas

5.      Rubadiri Victor

6.      Toni Sirju-Ramnarine

7.      Giselle Thompson-Pinard

8.      Anna Maria Garcia-Brooks

9.      Kizzie Ruiz

10.  Alison Lewis

11.  Hannibal Najjar

12.  Robert Riley

13.  Sunity Maharaj

14.  Dr. Ronald Ramkissoon

15.  Dr Shelton Nichols

16.  Dr Carla Noel-Mendez

17.  Dana Seetahal

18.  Gerry Brooks

19.  Ian Chinapoo

20.  Dr. Floyd Homer

21.  Mary Kwailan La Borde

22.  Prof. Dan Ramdath

23.  Dr. Naola Ferguson-Noel

24.  Dr. Shango Alamu

25.  Edwin Carrington 

For further information on the UWIAATT Distinguished Alumni Awards, please call 662 2002 ext. 82099. 

About The UWI Alumni Association (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter)

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Alumni Association was established under the University’s charter, from which it derives its authority. The UWI Alumni Association (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter) (UWIAATT) was re-established in November 1988 and serves as the representative body of the more than 40,000 UWI Alumni based in Trinidad and Tobago.  From politics to business, science, education and the arts, in both the public and private sectors, UWI Alumni hold positions of leadership, influence or prominence.  Over the past 25 years the UWIAATT has epitomised its motto “we give something back to the UWI” through the contribution of financial and human resources to the UWI via its St Augustine Campus. The originator of the highly successful “World of Work” series for students, the UWIAATT has from inception provided 5 annual bursaries to needy students and over the past 18 years, has provided mentorship and guidance to more than 4,000 students at the St Augustine Campus. 

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.

(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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