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UWI teaches English to Cuban doctors

For Release Upon Receipt - September 9, 2009

St. Augustine

A new initiative from The University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Language Learning (CLL) is serving a critical need in local healthcare delivery. The UWI CLL recently launched an English Language training programme for a group of Cuban healthcare professionals. The programme will equip the Spanish-speaking healthcare professionals with a functional knowledge of English, better preparing them to deliver healthcare services where they will be deployed.

At the programme launch, the Cubans were greeted by Professor Funso Aiyejina, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, and Mr Sharan Singh, Director of the International Office. Remarks were also delivered by Ms Cheryl Hay, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Mrs Amina Ibrahim Ali, Coordinator of the CLL English as a Foreign Language (EFL) programme. The launch provided an opportunity for staff and student to get better acquainted with each other and with members of the wider St Augustine Campus community. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Dr Beverly-Anne Carter, Director of the CLL and Mrs Mona Afong, Liaison Officer, Overseas Recruitment, Ministry of Health, and Adalberto Machin Leon, Cuban Administrative Coordinator.

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The Centre for Language Learning (CLL) offers courses in Arabic, (Mandarin) Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yoruba. English as a Foreign Language is also taught to international students and professionals. Through our courses, learners are able to develop all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—to be immersed in the culture of a language and to gain an understanding of its grammar. Our teachers are native speakers or very proficient non-native speakers who make language learning interesting and enjoyable. With its state-of-the-art facilities; small, highly interactive classes; dynamic staff and supportive learning environment, the CLL invites you to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Learn a new language or improve the one that you already know. For business, for pleasure, for your studies, for your life, join the adventure—learn a language. Welcome aboard!!


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.