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UWI launches its Accreditation candidacy

For Release Upon Receipt - June 1, 2009

St. Augustine

On Friday 15th May, 2009, The St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies launched its accreditation candidacy with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT). Campus Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Clement Sankat, is the driving force behind this bid for accreditation. While the St. Augustine Campus has already achieved programme accreditation in various disciplines, this is the first time that the Campus has presented its candidacy for institutional accreditation.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Sankat expressed his views that institutional accreditation would not only provide further endorsement of the quality standards at the UWI but would also contribute to a process of continuous quality enhancement at an institutional level. The Campus is committed to using the opportunity to conduct an institutional assessment within the framework of the UWI Strategic Plan, 2007-2012 and against the background of the specific accreditation criteria and standards.

The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago will conduct a one-day ‘Orientation Workshop” for institutional accreditation at the St. Augustine Campus on Thursday June 4, 2009. This will be open to members of UWI’s Self-Study Steering Committee and other members of the Campus community. The Campus Registrar, Mr. Jeremy Callaghan has accepted the post of Chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee. Dr. Sandra Gift, Senior Programme Officer, Quality Assurance Unit, Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies is serving as Institutional Accreditation Coordinator and Mrs. Deborah Souza-Okpofabri, Assistant Registrar, Secretariat (ext 4289) has been assigned to the Quality Assurance Unit to serve as Self- Study Coordinator.

For further information please contact at Dr. Gift (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2584, or Mrs. Deborah Souza-Okpofabri at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 4289.

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Over 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.