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UWI explores Caribbean Challenges and Opportunities at 2nd Postgraduate Research Conference

For Release Upon Receipt - March 31, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Over 50 of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI’s) current and recent postgraduate students will present their research and recommendations on contemporary issues facing Caribbean societies at a conference, April 9-10, hosted by the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the St. Augustine Campus.

Under the theme “The Caribbean Today: Facing Challenges and Assessing Opportunities through Postgraduate Research”, the next generation of Caribbean social science scholars will share their postgraduate research. The conference will cover a range of issues – including law enforcement, gender, education, labour, development and many more. Professor Jason Young of New York’s City University will lead off the two days of intense discussion.

This 2nd biennial conference, first held in 2013, was conceived to enhance the postgraduate culture and experience of The UWI. Postgraduate research at various stages – from conception to data collection to completion – is at the centre of the conference, and opportunities for discussion, networking and feedback between audience members and the panellists are a central feature.

Social Science research conducted by the postgraduate community throughout the four campuses of The UWI is diverse, wide-ranging and of a high academic standard.

Dr Dylan Kerrigan, Lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Conference Co-Chair, invites the wider community to be a part of this year’s conference, which is free and open to all. The organising committee estimates that 300 persons will attend the two-day event, which takes place at the Learning Resource Centre of the St. Augustine Campus.

Interested persons are asked to email and check the conference website for further information.



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.)