News Releases

New Agriculture and Rural Development Programmes

For Release Upon Receipt - April 16, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Business Development Unit is now offering a course certificate, postgraduate diploma and Master of Science (MSc) in Agriculture and Rural Development by distance teaching. These programmes will be introduced under the Faculty of Science and Agriculture and will commence in September 2009.

The programmes, which are designed for the advanced training of graduates and experienced professionals in Agricultural and Rural Development, aim to provide advanced training in economics, planning, management, gender issues, technology and rural development. Participants will be kept abreast of current developments and innovations that impact on the agricultural and rural sector. Graduates of the programmes will have a broadened skills base and an enhanced capacity to discern issues problems in the agricultural sector from a developmental context.

Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible for support under the GATE program. Online applications will open on April 30th and will continue until June 1st, 2009. For details of application procedures and required documentation, please visit the official website at .

For more information, please contact UWI Business Development Unit at (868) 662 3719 or 662 2686 or 662 2002 Ext. 2686/3719.End

PROGRAMME ENTRY REQUIREMENTSApplicants for the Course Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma should possess a first degree in Agriculture, or any other relevant discipline from an approved University. Previous education and experience may also be considered acceptable by the Faculty and University. Applicants for the Master’s programme should possess a Bachelor’s Degree of at least Lower Second Class Honours standing in Agriculture, Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Biological Science, Management or any other related discipline from an approved University.

ABOUT UWIOver the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.