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UWI launches Global Giving Week in Trinidad and Tobago

For Release Upon Receipt - April 30, 2016

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. April 30, 2016 – Yesterday, April 29, The University of the West Indies (UWI) celebrated the local launch of the UWI Global Giving Week during a broader cocktail event hosted by the Ministry of Education, and attended by Local Patron, His Excellency, Anthony Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.The UWI's Global Giving Campaign was officially launched earlier this month by Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, at The University’s Regional Headquarters in Mona, Jamaica, with other launches rolling out across other UWI territories. 

Republic Bank Limited (RBL) in its giving of approximately $80 million to various development efforts at The UWI, St Augustine demonstrates the kind of giving in action that the campaign aims to achieve. RBL's gift includes its contributions towards a new bank branch on the campus, developing the existing campus quadrangle, construction of a new facility to house the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) and a future commercial plaza for revenue generation. Over the years, the partnership between The UWI and RBL has blossomed in many ways. One such investment, the World of Work programme sponsored by the bank for seven consecutive years, has allowed hundreds of UWI students to be trained and equipped with the necessary tools for succeeding in today’s work environment.

UWI Global Giving Week runs from August 1-7, 2016 under the theme “Emancipate. Educate. Donate.” It marks the beginning of an annual tradition to connect with friends and cultivate support to strengthen The UWI’s capacity to drive regional development. The University has traditionally relied on regional governments for financial support; this campaign targets alumni, public and private sector organisations, donor agencies and members of the public with an objective of bringing them closer to the University. Proceeds of the campaign will go towards research, facilities and equipment, construction and maintenance of residence halls, as well as faculty and sport programmes. 

Initiated by The Office of the Vice-Chancellor, through its Institutional Advancement Division, the campaign is endorsed by global patron, UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne and other regional patrons including: His Excellency Dr. Sir Rodney Williams, Governor-General of Antigua; Her Excellency Dame Ivy Dumont, former Governor-General of The Bahamas; the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados; His Excellency Sir Colville Young, Governor-General of Belize; the Most Hon P. J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica; Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor-General of St Lucia; and His Excellency Anthony Carmona, President of the Republic of 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 BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad 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.)