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Parents, Guardians, Mentors And Spouses Turnout In Full For Incoming Cohort

For Release Upon Receipt - September 5, 2023

St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. September 5, 2023 - On August 28, parents, guardians, mentors and spouses of students of the St. Augustine Campus were welcomed to the annual UWI Life Support event held at the Learning Resource Centre.  As expected, guests were reminded that their presence embodied the spirit of the expression "it takes a village", a concept that is deeply rooted in the understanding that the journey of our students is not one they take alone, but rather one that thrives with the collective support of our entire ‘village’ or community.

The UWI Life Support event was the first in a series of events geared towards helping the support networks of incoming students on the student journey towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. This carefully developed programme, scheduled over the course of the students’ first year at The UWI, aims to help students learn the ins and outs of the Campus so as to ensure a smooth transition into their university experience.

Feature speaker, Dr. Dianne Douglas, a doctor of Clinical Psychology and a Community Psychologist, delivered the feature address on ‘The Big Transition’. Her comprehensive presentation equipped participants with tools to help their students maximize their UWI experience.

Present for the occasion was the full executive management team of the St. Augustine Campus. Also present were the Deans of the eight Faculties as well as Directors and Managers of key administrative departments. 



 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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