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UWI St. Augustine among Best in Class at Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Award

For Release Upon Receipt - January 4, 2023

St. Augustine


 Winning UWI St. Augustine Team (L-R) Wendell Thomas - Social Scientist, Dr. Trevor Townsend - Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering (Ret'd), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Katherine Agong - Transportation Planner & Research Assistant, Faculty of Engineering - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Daren A. Conrad - Lecturer, Department of Economics, Dr Philbert Morris – Mathematician, Roger Mc Lean - Research Fellow/Lecturer, HEU Centre for Health Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences. Missing from the photo is Leah Wright, Research Assistant.


The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago. December 20, 2022 –The University of the West Indies (The UWI), St Augustine Campus, Faculty of Engineering, has received high commendation for its project, “Development of a Travel Demand Model for Trinidad”. The UWI was among the nominated outstanding global companies and projects within the highways, transportation infrastructure and services industry that were successful at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) prestigious Annual Awards 2022

 The CIHT Awards is an annual global competition at which the work of members receives international recognition. The awards celebrate their innovative work, what it takes to be the best, and the incredible benefits their work and the highways and transportation sector bring to society.

 “I was elated and excited to hear of the shortlisting and subsequent commendation of our project.  It is a tremendous achievement and promotes The UWI, St Augustine Campus, as a premier research institution in this field,” said Dr Trevor Townsend, retired Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering. “We see this award as recognition of the benefit of such research to our society.  The award provides an opportunity, not just for international recognition, but for professional networking and academic linkages. It will further enhance the marketability of our competence in this area,” he added.

Professor Edwin Ekwue, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, reiterated this perspective. "This award to the St. Augustine Campus of The UWI demonstrates the usefulness of the transportation models as tools for project analysis and evaluation. It sets the stage for a partnership between The UWI, St. Augustine, and regional Governments, where The UWI can provide them with engineering and planning support for their transportation sector capital and operational decisions."




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 Hillin Barbados, Five IslandsinAntigua and Barbuda and itsOpen 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)