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UWI gives heartfelt farewell to former Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat

For Release Upon Receipt - October 5, 2016

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. September 30, 2016 – Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles honoured former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI St. Augustine, Professor Clement Sankat, with a special reception on Wednesday, September 28. The reception was held at the University Inn and Conference Centre for some 200 friends, former colleagues and well-wishers of Professor Sankat.   

The event was chaired by University Registrar, Mr. C. William Iton and was filled with tributes from a cross-section of Professor Sankat’s former UWI colleagues, including Professor Brian Copeland, current UWI St. Augustine Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal. Several tributes were also given by Professor V. Eudine Barriteau, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI Cave Hill Campus on behalf of the Campus Principals; Mr. Ewart Williams, Chairman of The UWI St. Augustine Campus Council on behalf of the Council; Professor Patricia Mohammed, Campus Coordinator at the School of Graduate Studies and Research on behalf of Academic staff; Mr. Sharan Singh, Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Internationalization, representing Senior Administrative and Professional staff; and Mr. Steve Ramoutar, representing Administrative, Technical and Support staff. The former Campus Principal’s response was a mixture of jovial ribbing, gratitude and advice for successor, Professor Copeland. The formal proceedings concluded with remarks by Campus Registrar, Mr. Richard Saunders, performacnes from soca artiste, Blaxx and The UWI Arts Chorale.  

Sankat spent the majority of his professional career at The UWI, totalling 38 years of dedicated service in various capacities including Pro Vice-Chancellor & Campus Principal of the St Augustine Campus for two consecutive terms (2008 – 2016), Pro Vice-Chancellor of Graduate Studies & Research, Campus Coordinator for Graduate Studies & Research, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Head of the Department of  Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Food & Agricultural Engineering, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer. 


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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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