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UWIDEF Chair Sterling Frost calls on T&T to support students in need: Fete for a cause at Fete Champ

For Release Upon Receipt - July 20, 2022

St. Augustine



 Dr. Sterling Frost, Chairman, The UWI Development and Endowment Fund.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. Wednesday 20th July 2022 – In 2020, The UWI Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) commemorated 30 years of its iconic UWI ‘Fete for a Cause’. The all-inclusive event which provided scholarships and bursaries has raised approximately 80 million dollars and has awarded over 3,000 scholarships and bursaries to students in need.

The event has been on hiatus due to the pandemic but as the events industry restarts, the UWIDEF will host a first of its kind event and a precursor to the 2023 UWI Fete “Fete Champêtre - The Garden Party”. It will be held on the Grounds of the Office of the Campus Principal on Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 2.00 to 7.00 p.m. Like the UWI Fete, profits from this all-inclusive event will go towards student bursaries. 

UWIDEF Chairman, Dr. Sterling Frost indicated the importance of the event. “Over the pandemic we would have seen an increase in the amount of students requiring financial aid, we are therefore very eager to continue the important work we have been doing for over three decades of supporting our students through their academic journey”. 

Fete Champêtre promises patrons an afternoon of jazz-soca fusion with a the line-up of performers including Vaughnette Bigford, UWI Arts Steel, Neval Chetlal, Mical Teja, Ding Dong and D' All Starz Band featuring College Boy Jesse (Tribute to Blaxx). DJs include Djs Anna, Charlotte and Reecie Tee.

Tickets are almost sold out but interested persons can provide a donation to deserving students by purchasing a ticketTickets cost TT$750 and are available now through The UWI’s Division of Student Services at the St. Augustine Campus. To purchase call 662-2002 ext.82326. Alternatively, members of the public can support students in need by making a contribution to the Adopt-a-student programme. Donations can be made via the UWI cashier at the Main Administration Building at the St. Augustine Campus.



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.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%.

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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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.)