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SAC Celebrates 10th Anniversary

For Release Upon Receipt - October 20, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Student Activity Centre (SAC) commemorates its 10th anniversary with a family day celebration scheduled for Saturday 24th October 2009.

Commuting students particularly, often had time to fill between classes, and the SAC emerged as a place offering a range of recreational activities to help them ease the tedium. Roughly 500 students make use of its facilities on a daily basis since the Centre came into being a decade ago. It has grown to the extent that it now houses 29 concessionaires and two food courts, and over time, has employed more than 700 students in its various “home grown” operations.

A year after opening, the SAC began to host open days annually, encouraging students to get acquainted with its offerings. At the first one, “Open Days 2000,” eight students were hired as tour guides to introduce students to the SAC. Today, the SAC is not only the main meeting place for students to relax and kick back with their fellow classmates, but it has developed into a serious business and employment centre, effectively anticipating, responding to and ultimately satisfying the needs of the student population. 

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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.