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Vice Chancellorís UWI STAT Ambassadors Visit Dominica

For Release Upon Receipt - November 15, 2010

St. Augustine

Two of the Vice Chancellor’s UWI STAT Ambassadors, Mr. Hillan Morean and Mr. Azard Gumbs, visited the island of Dominica from Monday 8th to Friday 12th November, 2010 as part of an initiative developed over five years ago referred to as UWI STAT (UWI Students Today Alumni Tomorrow).

During their visit to Dominica, Morean and Gumbs met with the President His Excellency Dr. Nicholas J. O. Liverpool; the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Petter Saint Jean; the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Cyrille Carrette; and officials of the HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit, Ms. Curvelle David and Ms. Mary Williams.

UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris, asked the UWI STAT Ambassadors to visit local and regional high schools annually in order to promote the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) to the youth of the region and to encourage HIV/AIDS prevention in Caribbean youth.

UWI STAT Ambassadors are expected, through their visits, to equip themselves with the knowledge and perspectives necessary to inform the Vice Chancellor about youth perspectives, both locally and regionally.

Morean and Gumbs were scheduled to visit a number of secondary high schools around the island, including the St. Mary’s Academy, the Convent High School, the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School and the North East Comprehensive School. On their school visits, they planned to speak to students in groups and one-to-one on current issues in Caribbean life, including CSME, HIV/AIDS and other topical issues. They made presentations about their experiences as students at The University of the West Indies.

The UWI STAT Ambassadors were to take part in the Annual College Fair on Thursday, November 11th as part of the university’s presence at that forum.

Morean, a Trinidadian, is currently pursuing the M.Sc degree in Sports Management at the St. Augustine Campus. He has been fully engaged in student government, serving as President of the St. Augustine Campus Student Guild since 2007.

Mr. Gumbs is a Kittitian pursuing the Bachelor of Laws degree. He has been involved in the St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association; the Commonwealth Youth Programme; the UWI Cave Hill Debating Society; the UWI Cave Hill Circle K; and various church activities.

UWI STAT was developed by the Director of Alumni Relations for Vice Chancellor Harris in September 2005, in association with the Guild of Students of the UWI campuses, in order to increase regional ties between students and alumni and create student awareness of alumni relations and alumni involvement. UWI STAT is a registered student club and provides students with opportunities for integration with fellow Caribbean colleagues.

For more information, please contact The University of the West Indies Open Campus, Dominica, at (767) 448-3182, (767) 448-3482 or

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The UWI STAT Ambassador Corp 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 the Caribbean pride, culture and values.


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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.