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UWI hosts Occupational Health and Safety Seminar

For Release Upon Receipt - November 3, 2009

St. Augustine

Professor Robert Dibie to speak on impact of environmental policy  

The Faculty of Science and Agriculture will host a seminar titled “Environmental Policy and the Dichotomy of Sustainable Development in the Developing World,” on Wednesday 4th November, 2009. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Classroom B.

Professor Robert Dibie, external lecturer of the Occupational, Environmental, Safety and Health (OESH) graduate programme at The UWI, St. Augustine Campus, will lead the seminar, which will focus on the impact of environmental policy on Occupational Safety and Health. This seminar aims to stimulate discussion and generate awareness of environmental policy and to share with the relevant agencies, new knowledge of the environment, sustainable development and policy in the developing world.

Specially invited guests include the Office of The UWI Principal, OSH Agencies, the Ministry of Planning, Development and the Environment, the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Ministry of Health and the Environmental Management Agency. This event is open to members of the university community and interested members of the public.

To find out more, please contact Wendy Lawrence, Coordinator of MSc. Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health Programme (OESH) at or (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3269, or Dr Lebert Grierson, Head of the Department of Chemistry, at or (868) 662-6013. 

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About Professor Robert Dibie

Robert Dibie, Ph.D. is an external lecturer of the Occupational, Environmental, Safety and Health (OESH) graduate program at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus Trinidad. He is professor and dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Kokomo, USA. He has published several books and peer-reviewed journal articles in the area of environmental policy, civil society, public management, sustainable development, public policy, NGOs, and ethics. Professor Dibie has presented research papers in over 100 national and international conferences. He has also served as keynote speaker in many national and international forums, including the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, England, and Nigeria and has consulted for several universities and NGOs in the Caribbean Islands, United States, and Africa.  


About UWI

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.