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Open Day at UWI: Agriculture - A Viable Option

For Release Upon Receipt - February 3, 2011

St. Augustine

The Department of Food Production, Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) will host its first Open Day event on Friday 4th February, 2011.

The event, which targets secondary school students from Forms 3 to 6, is themed ‘Agriculture: A Viable Option’ and will seek to provide the students with an opportunity to learn more about the Department’s programmes and about University life. The Open Day will feature a number of exciting displays and hands-on activities which promise to engage the students and pique their curiosity where agricultural viability is concerned.

For further information, please contact the Department of Food Production at (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3208, or visit its website at


About the Department of Food Production

The Department of Food Production is a vibrant and enthusiastic Department tackling research issues in agriculture, environment and earth systems. It was formed in 1996 as a result of a merger of the Faculties of Agriculture and Natural Science. The current list of expertise in the Department includes Agricultural Scientists (specialists in Soils, Crops, Animal and Food Sciences, Postharvest technology and Agronomy), Geographers, a Biosystems Engineer and a Biostatistician. The vision for the Department is that it will become a leader in Tropical Agriculture and Environmental teaching and research, and will broaden expertise in the area of Natural Resources and Earth Systems.


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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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