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UWI launches Edulink Biodiversity Project

For Release Upon Receipt - September 23, 2009

St. Augustine

On Saturday 26th September, 2009, the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Department of Life Sciences will formally launch the Edulink Biodiversity Project, which aims to develop a regional MSc. in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development. Funded by the European Union and the ACP, the project will develop the MSc across UWI St. Augustine, University of Belize, University of Guyana and Anton de Kom University of Suriname.

This programme is also intended to lead to the development of a related series of professional development programmes in biodiversity conservation for regional professionals involved in implementation of the Convention in Biological Diversity.   

The launch, which will take place from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. at The UWI Senior Common Room, Agostini Street, St Augustine. Key speakers include Professor Wayne Hunte, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Andrew Lawrence, Academic Lead for the Edulink Biodiversity Project and Professor John Agard, Head of the Department of Life Sciences.

The event is not open to the public. Attendance is by invitation only, with no cost attached.

For more information, please contact Professor Andrew Lawrence, Department of Life Sciences, UWI St. Augustine at

or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3739 or Velda Ferguson-Dewsbury at or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 4487.


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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.