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UWI Student Ambassadors host CSME Week

For Release Upon Receipt - March 2, 2010

St. Augustine

A group of students at The University of the West Indies is pushing for greater awareness of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), particularly among young people of the region. The student group, called UWI Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UWISTAT) is hosting a Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) this week, from March 1st to 6th.

On Monday 1st March, the CSME Week kicked off with a Caribbean Current Affairs Forum (CCAF), themed “Youth Involvement in Decision Making and the CSME,” which aimed to expose university and secondary school students to pertinent information about the CSME, and give them an opportunity to ask questions on the subject.

The week continues with a display of articles and paraphernalia related to the CSME mounted in the Main Library, to encourage students to become more informed on the subject. A CSME Panel Discussion is also scheduled to take place at the UWI Learning Resource Centre (LRC). On March 6th, the four student halls of residence—Canada Hall, Milner Hall, Trinity Hall and Joyce Gibson Innis Hall—will hold a debate on a CSME-related topic, to be announced.

Later this month, UWISTAT will announce the winner of the CSME Logo Design Competition, which is running until March 14th. All students enrolled at UWI St. Augustine are eligible to enter the competition. Students are asked to produce a graphic interpretation of the CSME for use on a poster or T-shirt. Designs are to be submitted electronically to

Through the CSME Week, UWISTAT Ambassadors hope to promote regional integration and endorse the relevance of the CSME, and to spark greater interest in the opportunities and benefits of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy, especially as it concerns young people.

For more information, please contact, Ruedi Trouchen, President of UWISTAT Vice Chancellor’s Ambassadors, St. Augustine Campus Chapter, at, or


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The UWI STAT Ambassador Corps gives service, exercises leadership and proudly supports the best interests and traditions of the UWI, its fellow students and alumni, through volunteerism, responsible citizenship and the promotion of Caribbean pride, culture and values. Developed in 2005 by the Director of Alumni Relations in the Office of the UWI Vice Chancellor, in association with the Guild of Students of the UWI Mona, Cave Hill and St Augustine Campuses, The UWI STAT aims to increase regional ties between students and alumni and create student awareness of alumni relations and alumni involvement. The vision of UWI STAT is to introduce students to the importance of alumni relations and the relevance of Caribbean cross-cultural integration, thereby involving both students and alumni in a lifelong relationship with The University of the West Indies. UWI STAT encourages the development of leadership skills, and provides experiences that promote regional “Pelican Pride” through involvement in campus, community and alumni activities.

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