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Career of Excellence in Engineering Award for UWI Principal

For Release Upon Receipt - June 8, 2010

St. Augustine

St Augustine Campus to host APETT’s 50th Annual Honours and Awards Ceremony

Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and Principal of the St Augustine Campus, will receive the Award of ‘Career of Excellence in Engineering’ from the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT).

This Award will be presented to Professor Sankat at the APETT 50th Annual Honours and Awards Ceremony which takes place on Saturday 12th June, 2010 at 6.45 pm at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) in St Augustine, Trinidad.  

A short video presentation of Professor Sankat’s career will precede the formal presentation of the Award, following which Professor Sankat will address the gathering. In receiving the award, the Campus Principal will join the exclusive company of distinguished professionals such as Professor Kenneth S. Julien (1992), Professor Ignatius Imbert (2001) and Professor Gurmohan Kochhar (2003), as well as APETT foundation members Fenrick R. De Four (1993) and A. Majid Ibrahim (2002).

“The relevance of Engineering, Science and Technology to the well-being of the society is more profound than ever,” said Mr Richard Saunders, APETT’s President. “Engineers must strive to enforce the significance of our profession and make our work more understandable to the society. We must also take advantage of the enormous wealth of engineering knowledge and through the interdisciplinary character of our membership, provide a foundation for growth in the art and practice of engineering in all forms.

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Full membership of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) is open to persons with a recognised academic qualification who have four or more years of experience, but ample opportunity is given to others to con­tribute to the activities of the Association by virtue of their pursuits or practical ex­perience. The aims and objects of the Association include: to safeguard the life, health and welfare of the public by restricting the prac­tice of Engineering to properly qualified persons; to advance the status of the Engineering profession by the establishment and observance of high ethical standards of conduct; to promote the proficiency, knowledge and skill of professional Engineers and to increase their usefulness to the public; and to advance and protect the interest of professional Engineers. APETT carries out by a variety of activities, which include the regular holding of meetings at which technical papers are read and discussed, publication of a Journal, and advising on academic and other qualifications for employment of engineers. The Association, conceived with the highest sense of duty to the public, is dedicated to these aims and objects and sustained in its efforts by the deep and abiding faith of its members in the ability of West Indians to achieve the highest ethical and tech­nological standards.


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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.