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UWI tells new students to #GetInvolved2Evolve

For Release Upon Receipt - August 22, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – New students at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus have a lot to look forward to on August 28th, 29th and 30th as the campus kicks off its official 2014 orientation programme at The UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC).   

The UWI is a student-centred University, and strongly encourages students to take full advantage of their years at university, from orientation to graduation. The University’s Orientation Programme, “First Year Experience” (FYE) is the official annual student orientation programme of The UWI, targeting all incoming undergraduate and postgraduate students. FYE encompasses all orientation events, including the highly anticipated UWI Life. It is a yearlong experience to introduce all new students to the ins and outs of life on campus and to ensure a smooth transition into University life. 

The theme for FYE this year is #GetInvolved2Evolve, complete with a trendy hashtag to encourage discussion. The time students will spend at The UWI will continue to shape them for the life they want to achieve, and this year’s FYE theme reflects just that. FYE is meant to help students evolve and adapt to university life. Like a chameleon transitions from one colour to another to suit its environment, so too will FYE help them transition on this new journey.

This year, the programme reverts to a three-day series of events, each targeted at a different audience. The first event, UWI Life Support, takes place on Thursday, August 28th, at 6pm.  A student’s success relies heavily on a strong support system and this event targets parents, guardians and spouses of all first-year students. It includes a Q&A segment with the Campus Management Team and establishes a preliminary relationship between the support network and the University, equipping them to better assist students as they make the transition to university life. 

All first-time undergraduate, students will be welcomed to the Campus at the UWI Life Student orientation on Friday, August 29th, an all-day event. Elements of the programme include the afternoon “Icebreaker” session, which promotes camaraderie amongst the new student body and staff with interactive games, giveaways and live entertainment.  

On Saturday August 30th, all new undergraduate evening, part-time and mature students are inducted to the University at UWI Life Prime, starting at 9.30am. This event aims to provide the more mature students with the necessary tools to balance work, family and academics and help them shift from the work arena to student life. 

To find out more about the UWI Life 2014 programme, log on to the FYE website,


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. Website: 

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)