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Campus life opens up at UWI’s Open Day

For Release Upon Receipt - June 12, 2015

St. Augustine

Application for September 2015 intake reopens for 3 days

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. June 12, 2015 – In the last five years, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine has been steadily increasing its student intake – due in part to innovative academic offerings, expanded infrastructure, the continued top-notch accreditation of its academic programmes and high-quality research output. But for many prospective students, a look into life on campus is often limited to interacting with the institution via the website and social media, ads in the newspapers on new courses, talking to their peers about the student experience or even taking a tour of the grounds. The St Augustine Campus hopes to change this, as from June 16 to 18 at the JFK Auditorium, the general public will have a chance to experience UWI at the campus’ first Open Day since 2003.

The “Open Day” model is not novel – coming to an open day is the best way for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students to find out more about studying at a particular institution. However, St. Augustine’s Open Day offers an added plus – giving those who missed the application deadline for the September 2015 intake a “second chance”, reopening applications for all programmes on the three open days.

The joint Undergraduate and Postgraduate Open Day, themed Open Day, Open Mind will give members of the public access to not only faculty representatives, but representatives from the campus’ support services, like the Bursary, Student Advisory and Scholarships and Bursaries, as well as an Applications Centre, where they will have the opportunity to apply to a programme of their choice. With programme offerings across 7 faculties at the Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Masters, MPhil or PhD level, the campus remains the only tertiary institution locally boasting such an expansive curriculum.

Building on the theme Open Day, Open Mind, UWI invites all to get familiar with the institution in a different way at the 3-day event. Each day's events will run from 9am to 6pm, boasting campus/ faculty tours to discover the campus’ hidden treasures like the Whisper Wall and Zoology Museum. Guests will also be able to connect with the various campus Support Services for information on Scholarships and Bursaries, Career Guidance, Health Services and information on living on one of the four Halls of Residence.

Those interested in applying to a programme on any of the three days need only bring along original or certified academic certificates and original or certified birth and marriage certificates, as all application fees will be waived during this period. The day’s events will run from 9am to 6pm – with secondary schools from across the island being specially hosted from 9am to 1pm. For further information on the Open Day please visit or call 662-2002 extensions. 83806 or 83995.



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.)