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UWI and TSTT Celebrate Six Decades of Commitment to the Caribbean

For Release Upon Receipt - August 22, 2008

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) in collaboration with Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) officially launched the 2008/09 TSTT Directory featuring The UWI 60th Anniversary on Friday 22nd August, 2008, 9:30 a.m. at The Office of the Campus Principal, UWI, St. Augustine.

The University of the West Indies is proud that TSTT has chosen to partner with UWI to celebrate the 60th Anniversary milestone of this symbol of Caribbean integration with this special commemorative TSTT Directory Cover. The cover was designed by Mr. Shayam Karim, with photography by Mr. Arthur Sukhbir and features the Main Building of the old Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture. This building, built in the 1920s, became the Administration Building for the University’s second campus, based at St. Augustine, Trinidad in 1960. For decades, the UWI Administration Building has been a focal point for Campus management and student affairs, and an icon of the regional institution.

In 2008, The University of the West Indies celebrates 60 years as a University—having been established in Jamaica in 1948 as a subsidiary of the University College of London. Today, with its three physical campuses based in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, and a virtual, open campus, UWI is spread across and serves more than 15 Caribbean states.

Over the past 60 years, UWI has built a tradition of excellence as the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, and has earned a world-class reputation of scholarship, through its network of over 80,000 graduates who are at the forefront of Caribbean and global thought, imagination and action.


About UWI 60th Anniversary

UWI Vice Chancellor, Prof. E. Nigel Harris, is coordinating UWI staff, students and alumni to organise region-wide signature 60th Anniversary events. The Anniversary Celebrations were launched with a formal Opening Ceremony on Saturday 12th January, 2008 at UWI Cave Hill, Barbados. On July 12th to 19th, 2008, there will be a special Convocation Week at UWI Mona, Jamaica, which will include an official reception hosted by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne, and a formal banquet to be attended by several regional heads of state. As the culmination of the yearlong celebrations, a gala black-tie dinner will be hosted by UWI St. Augustine Campus on December 12th, 2008. Proceeds from all UWI 60th Anniversary initiatives will be channelled into a special UWI Regional Endowment Fund, which will facilitate infrastructural projects across the region. For more information on the UWI 60th Anniversary, please visit or contact the UWI 60th Anniversary Secretariat at; or (Tel.) 876 977 0014, Ext. 2525; or UWI 60th Anniversary Secretariat, Office of the Vice Chancellor, UWI Mona, Jamaica.