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New UWI St. Augustine Principal takes office

For Release Upon Receipt - July 1, 2016

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago.  July 1, 2016 – The St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) will be making its major leadership transition earlier than had been anticipated. The incumbent Principal, Professor Clement Sankat, officially demitted the Office of the Principal on June 30, making way for his successor, Professor Brian Copeland, who officially assumes the office today, July 1, 2016.   

At its annual meeting of the University Council in April this year, the new Principal had been named, but no date had been given for his assumption of office. Professor Sankat, whose contract officially ends in September, decided to leave at an earlier date in order to facilitate a smooth transition before the new academic year starts at the beginning of September. Professor Sankat had been Principal of the St. Augustine Campus from January 2008, having been re-appointed when his first contract ended. He is due to retire in September 2016. 

Professor Brian Copeland, who had been Dean of the Faculty of Engineering for practically the entire period of Professor Sankat’s principalship, would be the second Engineer in a row to hold the position of Principal of the St. Augustine Campus.  




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:


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