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UWI St. Augustine prepares for accreditation visit from ACTT

For Release Upon Receipt - January 24, 2011

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, hosts a site visit by a team of evaluators appointed by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) – the next step in the Campus’ bid for institutional accreditation. This visit follows the submission to the ACTT, of a report on an intense institutional self-study analysis by the Campus and is scheduled to take place from February 1st to 4th, 2011.  

Almost two years ago, on Friday 15th May, 2009, The UWI St. Augustine Campus launched its accreditation candidacy with the ACTT. The Campus then embarked upon a rigorous process of self-examination and reflection, including discussion forums with a cross-section of its internal and external stakeholders, driven by Mr. Jeremy Callaghan, Campus Registrar and Chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee; Dr. Sandra Gift, the Institutional Accreditation Co-ordinator; and Mrs. Deborah Souza-Okpofabri, the Campus’ Self-Study Co-ordinator. The findings were documented in the “UWI St. Augustine Campus’ Institutional Accreditation Self-Study Report, 2010” which was submitted to the ACTT.   

The team comprises four evaluators from the United Kingdom, United States and Trinidad and Tobago. They will conduct an evaluation to assess the “fitness for purpose” of the Campus and its compliance with set criteria and standards established by the ACTT.

As part of the evaluation process, the team will tour the Campus, both at St. Augustine and the Mt. Hope Medical Sciences Complex, examine facilities and documentation, as well as conduct interviews with staff and students of the Campus. 

Following this site visit, the accreditation status of the St. Augustine Campus will be determined by the ACTT after it has deliberated on the reports and recommendations of the team of evaluators and the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC).   

For further information, please contact Dr. Sandra Gift at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2584, or Mrs. Deborah Souza-Okpofabri at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3880.  

The purpose of accreditation is to assure the public of the quality of an institution and its dedication to high standards, as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.


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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