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The Honourable Dr Keith Rowley to Give Live Address at UWI in Jamaica

For Release Upon Receipt - July 18, 2016


The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. 18 July 2016  Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, The Honourable Dr Keith Rowley will address a town hall meeting at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. (Jamaica time). The address is scheduled among a number of other activities surrounding Dr Rowley’s first official visit to Jamaica as Prime Minister.   

Also significant of the visit, is that Dr Rowley is the most recent of a long list of UWI alumni to hold the position of Head of Government in the region; he graduated from The UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica in 1978 with a Ph.D. in Geology after also obtaining his B.Sc. (1973) and M.Sc. (1975) there. Prior to the town hall meeting, he will be given a brief tour of the Mona Campus and will be inducted into “Prime Minister’s Park” in honour of UWI graduates who are or have been Heads of Government. 

Dr Rowley’s schedule also includes meetings with The Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI and some of the University’s Senior Management as well as Trinidad & Tobago students of UWI, Mona.   

Vice-Chancellor Beckles hailed the visit of Prime Minister Rowley as “Another momentous occasion for The UWI family”. He added, “The UWI has had the honour of celebrating the elevation of many as Prime Minister, Premier, or Minister of their various Caribbean countries, and is proud to have had a hand in the moulding of so many distinguished Caribbean leaders. We’re looking forward to hosting Dr Rowley on his first visit to The UWI’s Regional Headquarters and welcoming the eminent Mona alum. The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago is a great friend of The UWI and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  This visit gives us an opportunity to express our thanks, demonstrate the gains made with the support of Trinidad & Tobago and other governments of the region and share our vision on the way forward”.




Note to the editor: Dr Rowley’s town hall address The UWI Regional Headquarters will be streamed live via on Wednesday 20 July, 2016 from 2.30 p.m. Jamaica time.  


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 fully-fledged, regional University with over 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with three physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI serves 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. The UWI’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The 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.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)

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