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UWI LIFE 2009 starts off new academic year

For Release Upon Receipt - October 1, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) opened its doors to students with the annual UWI LIFE programme, its official student orientation. The three-day event welcomed the estimated 5,000 undergraduate students entering UWI’s gates in the 2009/2010 academic year. The programme prepares students for their university experience and is broken down into three complementary sessions.

The first session ‘UWI Life Support’ was created for the parents, guardians, and spouses of incoming students. UWI recognises the importance of a strong support system for academic success so this seminar aimed to sensitize those closest to the students to ways they could lend support. ‘UWI Life Extension’ addressed the lifestyle of mature, evening and postgraduate students, offering advice about how to manage the pressures that arise from juggling a full-time career and academic studies.

UWI LIFE 2009 ended with an all-day event entitled ‘UWI Life Student’ on Friday 4th September, 2009. Geared towards all first–year and full-time undergraduate students, this fun-filled day combined informative seminars with games, giveaways and musical performances.

For more information on UWI LIFE 2009, contact the Marketing and Communications Office at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3635 or 2315.For more UWI news, please visit our official news website at . To subscribe to UWI news, click



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.