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UWI St. Augustine Enforces No Thoroughfare Policy

For Release Upon Receipt - September 5, 2023

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. September 5, 2023 – The University of the West Indies (The UWI), St. Augustine, originally implemented its No Thoroughfare Policy in 2016, restricting access to the campus exclusively to staff, students, and authorized individuals conducting business on the premises. As classes resumed on September 4, the university wishes to inform the public of its commitment to uphold this policy.

Effective immediately, vehicular access to the campus will be as follows:

From Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays, only authorized vehicles displaying valid UWI Vehicle Permits will be allowed entry via the North and South Entrances. Unauthorized vehicles lacking valid UWI Vehicle Permits will be redirected to the Visitors’ Entrance, known as the Daaga Gate, where individuals will undergo enhanced screening before gaining access to the campus.

The following measures will be in effect from September 04 to October 25, 2023:

Additional UWI Estate Police Officers will be on duty at the North, South, Daaga, and Heart Ease Gates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays. Their responsibilities will include redirecting unauthorized vehicles and conducting necessary security screening.

Officers from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will collaborate with UWI Estate Police to manage vehicular traffic congestion on and around the campus.

The Daaga Gate (Visitor’s Entrance) will be open for entry only during the hours of 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Mondays to Fridays. During this timeframe, one-way vehicular traffic will be enforced from east to west along the section of Lewis Avenue between the Daaga Gate and the junction of Lewis Avenue and Wooding Drive (adjacent to the tennis court).

UWI Estate Police Officers will be stationed at the northern junction of Lewis Avenue and Wooding Drive, as well as at the junction in front of the Daaga Auditorium, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Mondays to Fridays to manage vehicular traffic. All motorists are kindly requested to follow their guidance.

This policy will be strictly enforced to enhance control and monitoring of individuals and vehicles accessing the campus, thereby elevating safety and security standards for all users. Members of the general public accustomed to using campus roads as a thoroughfare are encouraged to seek alternative routes.


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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