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Professor Jacob Opadeyi to deliver Professorial Inaugural Lecture at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - March 19, 2010

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) will host the Professorial Inaugural Lecture of Professor Jacob Opadeyi (PhD, MBA, MRICS) on Thursday 8th April, 2010, at 5.30 p.m. at Lecture Theatre 1, Block 13, Faculty of Engineering, UWI St. Augustine.

Professor Opadeyi, who is Professor of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, will deliver a lecture on land management titled, “Managing Our Land, Managing Our Future.” Professor Opadeyi is Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management in the Faculty of Engineering, UWI St. Augustine.

This lecture presents an adaptive framework for land administration systems, explores the bio-physical characteristics of land in Trinidad, describes challenges to land management in Trinidad and Tobago, and offers solutions to these challenges. Professor Opadeyi’s lecture will highlight that the proper management of land requires a set of specially designed policies, regulations, laws, and other administrative systems.

“Land and its resources are critical to the development of nations. It is the source of wealth, health, and conflicts. If land is not managed properly, it may lead to poverty and landlessness,” stated Professor Opadeyi. His lecture will focus on what land is available in Trinidad for the future generation of the citizens.

Professor Opadeyi’s audience at the Inaugural Lecture is expected to include Professor Clement Sankat, University Pro Vice Chancellor and St Augustine Campus Principal, and Professor Brian Copeland, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Other interested persons are invited to attend the lecture, which is free of charge and open to the public.

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About Jacob Opadeyi

Jacob Opadeyi is a Professor and Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management and the Coordinator of the Centre for Geospatial Studies of the Engineering Institute, Faculty of Engineering, UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad. He is the Chair of the Examinations Committee of UWI, St. Augustine, and a Technical Advisor at UWI Disaster Risk Reduction Centre, Mona Campus.

He holds a PhD in Land Management and a Masters of Engineering in Geomatics from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. An Executive MBA degree from The University of the West Indies; MSc and BSc (First Class) in Surveying from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is the President of the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy and the Chairman of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean. He has membership in the following professional bodies: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Survey Review Editorial Board; Earth Charter National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago; American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. He is the Manager of the Caribbean WaterNet, a capacity building network for integrated water resources management.

He has conducted research and published in the following areas: GIS applications in environmental analysis and modeling; natural hazard and risk mapping; land management; watershed management. His current research includes: GIS modeling of heavy metal and sediment in watersheds, natural hazard mapping techniques, land cover change monitoring, telephonic flood hazard early warning systems, and water quantity and water quality modeling.

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.