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Dedication of Lands & Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque for The UWI St. Augustine South Campus

For Release Upon Receipt - March 2, 2011

St. Augustine


The Dedication of Lands and the unveiling of a Commemorative Plaque for the development of The UWI St. Augustine South Campus – Penal/Debe by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, took place on Thursday February 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm.

Speakers at the dedication included: The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, The UWI, St. Augustine; Senator The Honourable Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education; and Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor, The University of the West Indies. Also in attendance was  His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as well as other members of cabinet.

“This development is one I have envisioned since becoming Principal in 2008,” said Professor Clement Sankat. “This Campus expansion into Penal/Debe has been supported by the University’s Committees at recent meetings in Mona. The first phase of development will include the flagship Faculty of Law, as well as a multi-faculty building that will be fully equipped for multi-mode learning. There are also plans to establish a student dormitory, a student union building and other sporting and recreational facilities.”

In October 2010, the Cabinet agreed to the allocation of a 100-acre parcel of State land on the outskirts of San Fernando and at the entrance to Penal/Debe to help broaden access to tertiary level education in south Trinidad.  The development of the South Campus will be funded under the Ministry of Science Technology and Tertiary Education and the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).

The campus extension comes after much investigation and calls from external and internal stakeholders. In 2007, the St. Augustine Planning Task Force submitted a report that included a compilation of data which showed that 66.8% of stakeholders believed that The University of the West Indies should establish a Campus in South Trinidad. 

The ceremony was held at the Debe High School, M2 Ring Road Penal. 

For further information, please contact the Office of the Campus Principal at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3942, 3937.

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