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UWI Engineering Joins NEDCO Entrepreneurship Village to Support Local Businesses

For Release Upon Receipt - August 14, 2023

St. Augustine

Mrs. Nikeisha Palto-Robinson and Mrs. Reah-Anna Lal-Lloyd of The UWI St. Augustine Campus Faculty of Engineering chat with participants of NEDCO’s Entrepreneurship Village 2023

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. August 14, 2023 – The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus Faculty of Engineering booth, was a valuable addition to The National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO) Entrepreneurship Village 2023. The event, which was a highlight of NEDCO’s Entrepreneurship Week 2023 aimed to provide practical assistance to local entrepreneurs and took place from Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th August 2023, at the Centre of Excellence, Tunapuna. 

As a dynamic and expanding research-focused institution, The UWI is dedicated to nurturing the future wave of scholars, practitioners, and experts. Its Faculty of Engineering boasts exceptional academics and impactful research contributions. With a robust portfolio of mostly globally recognized programmes spanning five distinct departments, it draws students and faculty from across the Caribbean and beyond. At the village, The UWI Faculty of Engineering team shared valuable information about the various areas of study and also engaged with participants by answering their questions. Although they are a smaller group, micro and small enterprises (MSEs) play a crucial role in our economy. In Trinidad and Tobago, these enterprises, employing less than twenty-five (25) individuals, contribute to a significant portion of business activity, ranging from seventy percent (70%) to eighty-five percent (85%). 

Mrs. Nikeisha Palto-Robinson of The UWI St. Augustine Campus Faculty of Engineering guides a participant at NEDCO’s Entrepreneurship Village 2023

The Faculty of Engineering courses and programmes at The UWI offer invaluable insights and practical skills that directly benefit MSEs. Through specialized training, these enterprises can harness cutting-edge knowledge to enhance their operations, drive efficiency, and cultivate growth in a rapidly evolving business landscape. The UWI's involvement in the NEDCO Entrepreneurship Village underscores its commitment to supporting local businesses and fostering entrepreneurship within the community. 

 Mrs. Reah-Anna Lal-Lloyd of The UWI St. Augustine Campus Faculty of Engineering shares information with participant of NEDCO’s Entrepreneurship Village 2023


About The University of the West Indies 

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 for the past 75 years. 

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 Global Campus, and 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). 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 in the World University Rankings, it is also in the top 25 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. 

2023 marks The UWI’s 75th anniversary. The Diamond jubilee milestone themed “UWI at 75. Rooted. Ready. Rising.” features initiatives purposely designed and aligned to reflect on the past, confront the present, and articulate plans for the future of the regional University. 

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