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UWI Postgraduate Forum draws a large crowd

For Release Upon Receipt - June 9, 2009

St. Augustine

Hundreds of persons interested in personal and academic development turned out when The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus held its annual Postgraduate Open Forum last month. Prospective students engaged in one-on-one interaction with staff, and received invaluable advice on postgraduate course and degree options. UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St Augustine Campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat also made a visit to the event and briefly addressed the gathering at the forum which was attended by just over 500 persons.

The Postgraduate Open Forum was designed to expose prospective postgraduate students to a wide range of possibilities for scholarship, research, development and innovation. The St Augustine Campus, which recently introduced several taught and research-based graduate programmes, is constantly enhancing its suite of academic offerings to respond to the global challenges of Caribbean development and to remain on the cutting edge of tertiary education. This academic year will see the launch of the MA in Communication Studies, MSc in Advanced Nursing, MSc in Engineering Asset Management and the Arthur Lok Jack IMBA Health Specialisation.

The Open Forum featured a series of informational booths set up by the UWI St Augustine Faculties of Science & Agriculture, Social Sciences, Humanities & Education, Engineering and Medicine, as well as the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), Institute of Gender and Development Studies and The Institute of International Relations. Students also had the opportunity to apply on the spot, at a series of on-site application stations. Postgraduate study is intended for persons interested in engaging in local and international projects which would significantly contribute to the enhancement of the region. UWI postgraduate study is tailored to persons interested in establishing partnerships with academics, researchers and intellectuals from the 100-plus international universities and colleges with which UWI has collaborative agreements.

For more information on the Postgraduate Open Forum, please contact Mr. Jules Sobion, Marketing & Communication Office, Tel: 662-2002 Ext. 3635 or e-mail

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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.