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The UWI refurbishes Student Quarters at San Fernando General

For Release Upon Receipt - February 8, 2011

St. Augustine


The geographical expansion of the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies is part of a vision to bring tertiary education as close to home as possible for students in both Trinidad and Tobago, said Campus Principal, Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Clement Sankat, at the sod-turning ceremony for the refurbishment of quarters for medical students at the San Fernando General Hospital.

“We are about ensuring quality teaching and learning and the supporting infrastructure, wherever our students may be: at Mt Hope, at San Fernando General Hospital, in Tobago, and very soon, at the South Campus in Debe,” he told the audience at a ceremony to transform the Old Bachelors’ Quarters into more modern training and accommodation facilities for the students.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Health, Senator Therese Baptiste-Cornelis, who told the audience of Government plans to expand its own hospital services. “You will be happy to know that we are looking at the construction of a new hospital in Point Fortin the last quarter of this year,” she said.

Prof Sankat thanked the Minister, “for the financial support in the sum of just over TT$2.6 million towards the development and enhancement of the facilities for our students based here at the San Fernando General Hospital.”

Also at the ceremony were the Dean of The UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, Professor Samuel Ramsewak, the MP for San Fernando West, Minister of Energy and Energy Affiars, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, the Minister of Science and Tertiary Education, Fazal Karim, the Mayor of San Fernando, Marlene Coudray, and various other public health figures.

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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.