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UWI and Cuba talk collaboration

For Release Upon Receipt - April 28, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – His Excellency Guillermo Vázquez Moreno, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago, paid a courtesy call on University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat on April 22. The two met to discuss possibilities for collaboration, particularly in Research and Innovation Management Systems, Molecular Science, Agro-processing, specialist Health Services, Music, Arts and Culture, Software Development, Informatics and the preservation of historical buildings. Also in attendance was Mr. Sharan Singh, Director of The UWI St. Augustine’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Internationalisation.

Among the other outcomes of the meeting were talks to explore the potential for the establishment of Postgraduate exchange programmes between both countries and the possibility of facilitating Cuban students to pursue their higher degrees at The UWI under its Pan-Caribbean initiative. Mention was also made of cultural exchange initiatives that would see top artistes and musicians from both nations paying reciprocal visits to promote cross-cultural awareness and innovation. Professor Sankat also used the opportunity to congratulate the Ambassador on Cuba’s significant accomplishments in the areas of Healthcare, Agriculture, the Arts and Science and Technology.

His Excellency, Ambassador Moreno, made mention of an invitation extended earlier in 2015 by the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education to The UWI St. Augustine to visit Cuba. This visit, he hopes, will contribute to enhancing the sustainability and impact of the relationship between Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago.



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.)