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UWI Hosts Conference on Maximizing Education

For Release Upon Receipt - January 17, 2011

St. Augustine

In a time when our society is rapidly morphing and developing, we need to conscientiously keep our education relevant. With this in mind, The University of the West Indies Department of Behavioural Sciences will host the conference: Maximizing the Role of Education in a Changing Society. The conference will take place from January 21st to 22nd at the Faculty of Social Sciences Lounge, UWI from 9am to 5pm and is open to all.

Keynote speaker at the conference, Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, shared his thoughts on the conference, saying “Entrepreneurship, investment, new business creation, competitiveness and visionary leadership are all necessary for the region to move beyond survival, but education is the key we must get right for societies to succeed.” Other speakers at the conference include Professor Emeritus John La Guerre and Professor Theodore Lewis, both of The UWI.

The conference is expected to generate innovative solutions for policy makers and relevant stakeholders in formal education at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. It will aim to share recent research findings with academics, educational practitioners and policy makers and also hopes to initiate dialogue among key persons involved in educational research and provide the foundation and agenda for further research in education.

For further information, please contact the Chairman of the Conference, Nasser Mustapha, at or Nisha Alladin at Alternatively, persons can call (868) 662-2002 Ext: 26.



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 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.