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Corporate Partners help UWI First Years tackle Caura Clean-up

For Release Upon Receipt - October 4, 2018

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. October 4, 2018 – The International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) is not a new venture by The UWI St. Augustine; the campus has participated annually at various locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago. For this year’s activities, held on September 15, the campus expanded its participation, taking on the role of Site Captain at the Caura River. Annually in the month of September, organizations worldwide participate in the ICC as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s thrust to conduct scientific research on the garbage found in the waterways globally. It is coordinated locally by the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD).

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Joseph Ince, Manager of The UWI St. Augustine’s Careers, Co-curricular and Community Engagement section said, “Our newest addition to our First Year Experience (FYE) Programme of events, this Community Engagement initiative saw a number of new students expressing interest and coming out to participate in clean-up initiatives at Caura River, Pool 3. This initiative was taken on as an avenue to introduce our new, incoming students to Community Engagement at the campus. Under the Division of Student Services and Development, various support services are provided which work to assist our new students in transitioning into university life. While aiding in their initial transition period, we also ensure that throughout their time here at The UWI St. Augustine that they are moulded into individuals who are civically aware, morally grounded and espouse a spirit of reciprocity. This programme, therefore, was an ideal fit.”

The clean-up activity in Caura was made possible through partnerships with several corporate entities including the Amalgamated Security Services Limited, Massy Finance Remittances as well as Sangeet 106.1FM. “These organizations provided support and assistance for which we are grateful. We were also very happy for the number of volunteers who came out on the day. Our volunteers included not only UWI first year students but also continuing students, UWI staff, our corporate partners as well as members of the public; totalling approximately 140 volunteers,” the UWI Co-ordinator and Site Captain for Caura River, Shilohna Phillanders explained.  




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 BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad 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:


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