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UWI Student Chapter wins International Society of Petroleum Engineers Presidential Award

For Release Upon Receipt - May 28, 2022

St. Augustine



The UWI Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter Officers, from left to right: Daniel Joseph (President), Jordan Jafar (Vice President), Kerneese Ramjarrie (Secretary), Nishkal Maharaj (Treasurer), Aaron Mungal (Membership Chairperson), Arun Ramcharitar (Social Activities Chairperson), Joshua Encinas (Communications and Outreach Chairperson), Rishma Persad (Programme Chairperson), Professor Raffie Hosein (Faculty Advisor), and Juené Weekes (Energy Sustainability Officer) 

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus, May 28, 2022 – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International has announced that the Student Chapter of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), St. Augustine Campus, has won the 2022 Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter.

Student chapter awards recognize those who succeed in fulfilling SPE’s mission by serving local members. The awards honour exemplary efforts in industry engagement, operations and planning, community and social outreach, and more.

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter is the highest honour a student chapter can receive. It recognizes the top 5 percent of student chapters around the world that are exemplary in the scoring categories and are presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition which will be held this October in Houston, Texas

A congratulatory letter from SPE President Kamel Ben Naceur notes that the Student Chapter should be very proud of its many exceptional accomplishments over the past year—especially during this unique time. “This achievement”, he said, “would not be possible without the dedication of the officers. Thank you for volunteering your time to fulfil SPE’s mission by serving local members and furthering the advancement of the Society.”

Professor Raffie Hosein, Head, Department of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, is extremely proud of the Student Chapter Achievements. “The UWI SPE Student Chapter has won this award three consecutive times, in 2020, 2021 and again in 2022!” 

About The UWI 

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region. 

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

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