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UWI stirs up Creative Design in new Masterís Programm

For Release Upon Receipt - June 16, 2009

St. Augustine

A plan to bring Design to life is in the works at The University of the West Indies (UWI), through its Master’s programme in Creative Design: Entrepreneurship. The new programme is a joint venture between UWI and De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Dr. Tina Barnes-Powell, Head of Design Theory and Innovation, who is also the Head of Quality Enhancement (Teaching and Learning) at De Montfort University and Satanand Sharma, Head of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) at UWI St Augustine, recently met with representatives from both universities to finalise the design of the programme.

The objective, said Dr David Rampersad, Head of the UWI Business Development Office, is to craft “a uniquely UWI programme, addressing the particular needs of the Caribbean and the world through the Caribbean experience.”

This Master’s in Creative Design: Entrepreneurship will be taught under the umbrella of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts and will be a cross-disciplinary programme with courses from other Faculties. With the support of the UWI Business Development Office, the programme taught at De Montfort University will be adapted for The UWI. The De Montfort programme “provides a framework for developing design entrepreneurship skills in a professional management context.” Initially the core courses will be taken from De Montfort’s programme and delivered by De Montfort faculty, while the electives and workshops will be primarily delivered by The UWI faculty. The programme is expected to officially kick-off in January of 2010.

For more information, please contact the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at (868) 662-2002 Exts 2510 and 2378.


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.


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