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Tertiary Level Professionals change the face of Caribbean Education

For Release Upon Receipt - June 9, 2009

St. Augustine

'The Power to Imagine, the courage to act’. These simple words will govern the unfolding of the 12th Annual Caribbean Tertiary Level Personnel Association (CTLPA) Conference. The conference will take place from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th June, 2009, at the Grafton Beach Resort and Le Gran Courland Hotel, Tobago. The CTLPA is an organization that fosters tertiary level student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policy, practice, and programmes for student services professionals and the higher education community.

Born in 1996, the CTLPA became the first professional Caribbean organisation for Student Services/Affairs Administrators and Professionals. This year’s conference will focus on a diverse range of issues including distance education, student services, assessment, professional responsibility, and ethical principles and standards of student services personnel.

The primary focus of the CTLPA is to foster timely development of a student-centered culture in tertiary level educational institutions across the Caribbean. The association networks with student services personnel within institutions in order to enhance their role as educators and encourage the highest levels of professionalism. At present the association’s membership included tertiary institution personnel from Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Grenada and Jamaica.

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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.