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UWI Vet School hosts Open Day for secondary schools

For Release Upon Receipt - January 8, 2008

St. Augustine

On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th January, 2008, The University of the West Indies (UWI), School of Veterinary Medicine (Vet School), will host an Open Day for secondary schools and the general public at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope. Admission for this event is free.

As part of the Open Days, fifth and sixth form students interested in veterinary medicine as a career can benefit from guided tours of the Vet School, which will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The general public is also invited to visit the Vet School from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days. A number of veterinary exhibits, demonstrations, animal displays/booths and petting zoo will be available.

The event is part of the year long celebrations marking the 60th Anniversary of the University. The 60th Anniversary Celebrations will be launched with a formal Opening Ceremony on Saturday 12th January, 2008 at UWI Cave Hill, Barbados, and the special Convocation Week on July 12th to 19th, 2008 at UWI Mona, Jamaica. The Convocation Week will include an official reception hosted by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne, and a formal banquet to be attended by several regional heads of state. As the culmination of the yearlong celebrations, a gala black-tie dinner will be hosted by UWI St. Augustine Campus on December 12th, 2008.

Proceeds from all UWI 60th Anniversary initiatives will be channelled into a special UWI Regional Endowment Fund, which will be launched during the 2008 celebrations. This fund will facilitate infrastructural projects across the region, such as a Commuting Students’ facility for students at UWI Mona; a new Hall of Residence to accommodate 800-1000 students at UWI St. Augustine; an Inter-faith Chapel at UWI Cave Hill and a Cultural Studies Institute for the UWI-12 territories.

For more information on the UWI 60th Anniversary, please contact the UWI 60th Anniversary Secretariat at; or (Tel.) 876 977 0014, Ext. 2525; or UWI 60th Anniversary Secretariat, Office of the Vice Chancellor, UWI Mona, Jamaica.