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UWI congratulates the Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley on becoming the Prime Minister of T&T

For Release Upon Receipt - September 9, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. September 9, 2015 – Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the St Augustine Campus of The University of The West Indies (The UWI), Professor Clement Sankat has offered his personal congratulations, and also on behalf of the St Augustine Campus, to the newly elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honourable Dr Keith Rowley. Principal Sankat said that it fills him with great pride to have yet another graduate of The UWI assuming this high office of Prime Minister.

Noting that nearly all of the region’s political leaders have graduated from the regional institution, Professor Sankat conveyed that he was delighted that the University continued to produce West Indian citizens of such a high calibre.

“We, at the St Augustine Campus, would like to welcome our new Prime Minister and to offer him our full support as he begins this new journey of the governance of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  The St Augustine Campus, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year and preceded by two years our country’s status as an independent nation, has always been blessed with good relationships with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and we look forward to continuing in this tradition of a strong partnership with our government for national and regional development.”

The Honourable Prime Minister is a graduate of the UWI both from the Mona and St. Augustine Campuses. He is a Specialist in the areas of Geology, Seismology and Volcanology. As an academic member of staff at the St. Augustine Campus he held the positions of Research Fellow and later Head of the Seismic Research Unit (now the Seismic Research Centre-SRC) at The UWI St. Augustine, until he entered politics.

With great satisfaction too, Professor Sankat noted the large number of UWI graduates who were presented as candidates at the recent General Elections.  He extended his congratulations to those who have been elected as Members of Parliament, saying, “The UWI continues to produce the leaders of our regional societies.”



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.)