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UWI receives student-ready facility at San Fernando General Hospital

For Release Upon Receipt - September 15, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. September 14, 2015 – Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine, Professor Clement Sankat, recently received the ceremonial key to the newly completed and much needed Teaching and Student Facility at the San Fernando General Hospital, on behalf of The UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS). 

The handover took place at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital where, according to Principal Sankat, “This facility would bring tremendous benefits and value particularly to our students and staff in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and especially those registered in the MBBS and the DM specialty.”

This comment was made during the Principal’s remarks but came on the heels of a situation of student over-subscription to the FMS and the Doctor of Dentistry programmes. He said, “The reality is that we have a backlog of students waiting to come into the Faculty of Medical Sciences, 200 students with straight A’s waiting to come into the Faculty. So what that means for any particular year, students who have just gotten their CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination) results and done exceptionally well, some of them will be put on a list now, it is therefore extremely important and urgent that we expand the Faculty of Medical Sciences."

Mr. Anil Gosine, Chief Executive Officer of the South West Regional Health Authority’s (SWRHA), presented the ceremonial key to the new facilities to The UWI Principal and said in his remarks that classes should begin at the expanded facility at FMS within two weeks. He added that students in years two and three of their medical programmes will greatly benefit from this expanded capacity of the FMS, as the state-of-the-art facility is equipped with modern lecture halls, seminar rooms, laboratories, conference rooms and a medical library.




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.)