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Fashion, Food and Funds - UWIDEF’s Fete Champętre a success says organisers

For Release Upon Receipt - August 8, 2022

St. Augustine



Former Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland, Dr. Deirdre Charles, Director Student Services and Development and Chairman of The UWIDEF, Dr. Sterling Frost share a light moment at UWI Fete Champêtre

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. Monday, August 8, 2022 – Chairman of The University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF) Dr. Sterling Frost expressed delight at the success of UWI Fete Champêtre – The Garden Party, their first fund-raising event since 2020, UWI. The event held on Sunday July 24th 2022, was completely sold out and proceeds will go towards the 200 regular bursaries at $5,000 and 10 Star scholarships at $15,000. 

“My sincere thanks to our loyal patrons who bought tickets without hesitation and came out to support our UWI students,” said Dr. Frost. “We were very pleased at the turnout and wish to encourage alumni, interested persons, and the corporate sector to continue their support for students in need. This support has become even more necessary since the pandemic has led to an increase in the number of students requiring financial aid,” he said. Members of the public can also make contribution to support students via the Adopt-a-Student programme. Donations can be made via the UWI cashier at the Main Administration Building at the St Augustine Campus. 

As The UWI St. Augustine Campus prepares for the start of a new academic year, investment in higher education remains critical for building a knowledgeable society. UWI Fete Champêtre: The Garden Party was a precursor to the planned return of the iconic UWI Fete in 2023, the Campus’ primary fundraiser to provide student scholarships and bursaries. UWI Fete, the brainchild of Professor Max Richards, then Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, was first held in 1990 and was the first public “all inclusive” Carnival Fete in Trinidad and Tobago. The 2023 edition of the fete will take place on Sunday 22 January. 

Fete Champêtre met its promise to patrons for a gilded afternoon of jazz-soca fusion, which featured 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. 


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.)