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UWI and Republic Bank launch 2016 ‘World of Work’ programme

For Release Upon Receipt - September 26, 2016

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine and Republic Bank Limited (RBL) continue to prepare and equip students with the necessary tools for succeeding in the World of Work (WOW). The campus unveiled the plans for its 2016 WOW programme last Thursday, September 22, with a Media Launch and Seminar held at The UWI’s Sport and Physical Education Centre.   

The programme, which is over 20 years in existence, has benefitted from a decade-long partnership with RBL. Speaking at the event, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI St. Augustine, Professor Brian Copeland, thanked RBL for their continued commitment to The UWI and its graduates. He also noted that there is a reason why the programme has thrived for so long and has grown substantially in content and participation. “It is the recognition that success in the professional world and in the area of entrepreneurship takes more than theory.  Today WOW attracts some 1,400 final year students and 1,000 first and second year students,” he said.  

Speaking on behalf of the bank, Executive Director, Derwin Howell, reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to The UWI in the pursuit of empowerment through education, noting that both institutions have shared many successes working together over the years. “Republic has made it one of our biggest priorities to assist the University whenever, wherever and however best we can,” Howell said. 

The launch also featured a special presentation by noted Criminologist, Criminal Psychologist, and Media Specialist Renee Cummings focusing on ‘Social Media Etiquette for Millennials’. 

The WOW programme consists of several parts: the Seminar, Resume Writing and Public Speaking Workshops, Interview Preparation and Networking Theory, Mock Interview Sessions and the Networking Cocktail Event, all spread across the period October 2016 to March 2017, culminating with the highly-anticipated Recruitment Fair carded for April 6 and 7, 2017. Final year students have until this Friday, September 30, to register for their spot this year.  

WOW is also highly anticipated by first and second year students who have the opportunity for vacation employment with companies who attend the Recruitment Fair. The precursor to the WOW programme is the Career Advice Programme (CAP), which helps first and second year students identify and embark on their career paths. 

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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.)