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MBA Students Return from Chile Study Tour

For Release Upon Receipt - November 11, 2009

St. Augustine

MBA students of The University of the West Indies, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, recently experienced the vast and unique features of Chile when they embarked on a week-long study tour of the country. 

The group, comprising managers and executives from corporate Trinidad and Tobago and the public sector, returned from Chile with a new perspective of the cultural, economic and social forces at work in one of the strongest economies in Latin America. 

Students experienced Santiago’s booming café culture, suburban parks, various museums and world cuisines. They were also exposed to the business world of Chile. Meetings and site visits were held with the Chilean National Chamber of Commerce (Camara Nacional de Comercio), Chilean Association of Banks and Financial Institutions (Asociacion de Bancos e Instituciones Financieras de Chile), SKM Seaprende (an e-learning and knowledge management company), LNG Quintero (South America’s first liquefied gas regasification terminal) and Vina Haras de Pirque (a producer of premium wines and a prominent thoroughbred farm.) 

One highlight of the trip was a visit to Fundacion America Solidaria, an NGO dedicated to promoting regional cooperation by working with individuals who devote six months to a year of professional service to the most impoverished areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.  

The Republic of Chile has been ranked by the 2009-2010 Global Competitiveness Report as the 30th most competitive country in the world and the first in Latin America, well above Brazil ranking 56th, Mexico at 60th and Argentina at 85th. Chile has an export-based economy with copper as its most valuable resource followed by a range of products from its agriculture and food industry, including wine, fish, fruit and lumber. Some of Chile’s main trade partners are the European Union, United States, Japan, China and South Korea. 

The Chile study tour is embedded in the Arthur Lok Jack GSB’s pledge to deliver an enhanced student experience, following trips to Argentina, China, Barbados, Venezuela and Brazil. Additional optional study tours are being developed for qualifying students. 

To view photos of the students on their study tour of Chile, please visit The UWI’s Flickr account at

To find out more, please contact the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business Communications Unit at 662-9894 ext 339.  

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About Arthur Lok Jack Graduate school of Business

The Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (formerly the UWI-Institute of Business) was established in 1989 as a joint venture between the University of the West Indies and the private sector of Trinidad and Tobago to provide postgraduate education in business and management. In October 2005, the Board of Directors and the University agreed to change the name of the business school in honour of a $20 million endowment made by Arthur Lok Jack, one of the Caribbean 's leading entrepreneurs. Lok Jack GSB has produced more than 1000 graduates to date and has trained and developed more than 19,000 persons in executive and professional programmes. Today, Lok Jack GSB is recognised as the premier institution for the provision of business and management education, training and consultancy services in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region.  


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.


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