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The UWI breaks ground at Sod Turning Ceremony for the UWI-Trinity House

For Release Upon Receipt - April 17, 2015

St. Augustine

 ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and The UWI St. Augustine campus will cement their relationship at a “Sod Turning Ceremony” taking place on Saturday April 18, 2015 at 10am at Carmody Road, St. Augustine. This will be followed by an unveiling of a commemorative plaque ushering in this historic event and the beginning of construction of the UWI-Trinity House.  

Trinity College has had a long presence in Trinidad via its ‘”Trinity in Trinidad” programme which affords opportunities for students and staff from Trinity and its affiliates to spend time in Trinidad on exchanges, academic visits and other forms of in-country immersion. The programme is currently housed at a rented residential facility on the periphery of The UWI St. Augustine Campus. 

“Trinity in Trinidad” students have attended classes at The UWI as part of their academic programme and they have also participated in co-curricular activities alongside UWI students in sports, arts and other related areas. Students of the programme have stayed at UWI St. Augustine campus’ Residence Halls. Selected UWI staff have also collaborated with the college by teaching “Trinity in Trinidad” courses on behalf of Trinity College.  

The ongoing commitment Trinity College has to Trinidadian and by extension Caribbean culture is seen through their significant repository of original work prepared by its student and Faculty which includes paper, audio and video recordings. Additionally, they have hosted noted Trinidadian and Caribbean academics and cultural icons at its residencies, workshops, symposia and other related types of activities.  

This collective space will include teaching, research, library, display and outreach facilities as well as limited accommodation for visiting Trinity Faculty and will certainly be a space that will continue to foster the rich cultural ties between the Trinity College and The UWI St. Augustine campus while burgeoning into a place for exchange of ideas and Caribbean community enhancement.  

For further information on the Sod Turning Ceremony for the UWI-Trinity House, please contact Shelley-Ann Patrick Harper at 662-2002 ext. 83942.


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.)