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UWI Students awarded three CUSEP scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - July 4, 2008

St. Augustine

Three students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) have been awarded grants for study abroad at Ryerson University, one of Canada's top institutions for career-focused higher education.

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), on behalf of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), recently informed the Ryerson University Office of International Affairs (OIA) that Ryerson’s application to the College and Undergraduate Student Exchange Program (CUSEP), on behalf of the three UWI students, was successful.

The CUSEP is funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). The goal of the CUSEP is to encourage Canadian universities and colleges to provide opportunities for students of eligible countries to participate in existing exchange programs. The Government of Canada offers scholarships as part of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (CCSP) and Government of Canada Awards (GCA).

The three students—Alecia Maureen Darby (UWI Mona, Jamaica), Joseph Lawrence (UWI Cave Hill, Barbados) and Mark Ronald Mohammed (UWI St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago)—have each been awarded grants of CAD $7,500, which will contribute to their living expenses during their one-semester academic exchange at Ryerson. Darby, Lawrence and Mohammed will all pursue undergraduate studies in Ryerson’s School of Social Work, which “emphasizes anti-oppression and social justice as key principles in social work education and practice”, according to the School’s official website (