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UWI names four new Professors

For Release Upon Receipt - June 9, 2011

St. Augustine

Four senior academics at The University of the West Indies (UWI) have been promoted to the rank of Professor. The announcement was made by University Registrar/Director of Administration, Mr. C.W. Iton following the recently concluded University meetings at The UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, where the University’s Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) endorsed the professorial appointments for Dr. Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo, Dr. John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji, Dr. Gary Garcia and Mr. Surendra Arjoon.

Professor Ochieng’-Odhaimbo is now a Professor in Philosophy and Head of the Department of History and Philosophy at The UWI Cave Hill Campus. A native of Kenya, he received his PhD from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Professor Ochieng’-Odhiambo’s research interest is African Philosophy with a focus on Philosophic Sagacity a concept introduced into international philosophical circles in the 1970s. He is now one of the best known researchers and leading exponents of this approach.

Professor John Bewaji is a Professor in Philosophy in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at The UWI Mona Campus and also serves as Coordinator of the Philosophy section. Professor Bewaji has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Arts from the University of Ife. His research interests include the Philosophical Analysis of Leadership in African and African Diaspora and its relation to Society and Development as well as the Economics of Religion

Gary Garcia is a Professor in Animal Science at The UWI St. Augustine Campus. Professor Garcia obtained both his BSc and PhD degrees at UWI and now lectures in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, teaching courses in Lifestyle Products Technology and Tropical Animal Science. Professor Garcia’s main areas of research include Production of Cattle and Wildlife Management.

Professor of Business Ethics and Quantitative Analysis, Surendra Arjoon, is a member of the Department of Management Studies at UWI St. Augustine. He is the holder of a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s from the University of Western Ontario. Professor Arjoon’s research interest lies in areas of the application of natural law ethics to education, business and the economy with a specific focus on Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Reporting and the Nature and Purpose of Business.

These professorial appointments took effect on May 18th, 2011.

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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.