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Republic Bank Renews Support in Preparing UWI graduates for the World of Work

For Release Upon Receipt - October 3, 2018

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and Republic Bank Limited (RBL) recently launched the 2018/2019 instalment of the World of Work (WOW) Programme. The initiative, which is over 20 years in existence, has benefitted from a decade-long partnership with RBL. Its goal is to equip final year students with the necessary skills to successfully enter the job market after graduation.

Addressing students at the launch, Dr. Deirdre Charles, Director of the Division of Student Services and Development (DSSD) at The UWI, St. Augustine explained, “The DSSD is committed to facilitating each student’s personal and academic success while also ensuring you have the skills and well-rounded experiences to adapt to life after university.  Ultimately, we are here to help you became a distinctive UWI graduate, one who is a critical and creative thinker, a problem solver, an effective communicator, a team player, and a leader.”

Deputy Principal at the St. Augustine Campus, Professor Indar Ramnarine, added, “This programme has been carefully designed to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the employment process. Each activity will provide you with foundational skills not only to gain employment but useful tools for the duration of your career.”

The WOW Programme consists of several parts: the Seminar, session on Resume Writing, Interview Preparation, Mock Interviews and a Networking Cocktail Event, all of which takes place from October 2018 to April 2019, culminating with a Recruitment Fair on 12th April, 2019. The WOW programme continues to attract an ever–increasing number of participants with student involvement growing considerably to approximately 1400 final year students in 2018/2019. 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 chosen paths.

Photo Caption: From left to right: Mr. Christopher Aird, Manager's Assistant, Group Marketing and Communications, Republic Bank Limited; Mr. Darrion Narine, President of the Guild of Students; Prof. Indar Ramnarine, Deputy Principal; Mr. Jerome ‘Rome’ Precilla, Entrepreneur and WOW Featured Speaker; Dr. Deirdre Charles, Director of the Division of Student Services and Development; Mr. Joseph Ince, Manager (Ag.) Careers, Co-curricular and Community Engagement. 

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, The 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, Social Sciences and Sport. 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. Website:

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