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UWI welcomes new students

For Release Upon Receipt - August 18, 2010

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, will open its doors to incoming students with its annual orientation programme and, to ease the transition into university life, the UWI Orientation Experience will include the Main Library, Halls of Residence, Faculties, Guild of Students and UWI LIFE. Designed to prepare new students for their university experience, UWI LIFE, the official student orientation programme, is broken down into four complementary sessions, beginning Wednesday 1st September, until Monday 6th September, 2010.

UWI LIFE 2010 kicks off with UWI Life Support, an event created solely for the parents, guardians, and spouses of our first-year undergraduate students, on Wednesday 1st September, at 6 pm, at the Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC). The UWI recognises the importance of a strong support system for academic success and thus the programme has been designed to sensitize those closest to the students to the ways in which they can offer much-needed support. Parents, guardians and spouses will also learn about the facilities offered on Campus and be given the opportunity to have their questions and concerns addressed by the Campus Management team.

UWI Life Extension follows on Thursday 2nd September, at 6 pm, at SPEC, and targets the lifestyles of mature, evening and part-time undergraduate students. At this session, students will learn about the academic resources and support services available on Campus to help them manage the pressures that arise from juggling a full-time career, family responsibilities and academic studies.

UWI LIFE 2010 continues with UWI Life Student, on Friday 3rd September, beginning at 9 am, at SPEC. This all-day event is geared towards all first-year and first-time undergraduate students, and aims to aid students in making the transition from secondary school life to university life. Students will learn about their respective Faculties and the support services available to them, as well as meet fellow UWI students, while enjoying a day filled with games, giveaways and musical performances. Both Digicel and Republic Bank Ltd. have joined the initiative to really add to the UWI Life experience.

This year’s UWI LIFE will conclude with UWI Life Postgrad, a new addition to the host of events that makes up the UWI LIFE programme. UWI Life Postgrad, was designed to cater to the needs of first-year or first-time postgraduate students. These students will learn about the opportunities available for both taught and research degrees, and receive guidance on how to balance their work and academic lives.

To find out more about UWI LIFE 2010, please contact Student Advisory Services at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2097, or visit the UWI Life website at  

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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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