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UWI hosts COTE Undergraduate Debate 2011

For Release Upon Receipt - September 27, 2011

St. Augustine

This year’s Conference on the Economy (COTE 2011) will feature a debate competition scheduled for Thursday 29th September, 2011. The topic to be debated is “Be it resolved that party politics hinder the achievement of sustainable growth and development in Caribbean economies.” The debate will see a team of undergraduate Economics students going up against a team of undergraduate International Relations students. The Economics team is being coached by Dr. Lester Henry while their opponents are being coached by Dr. Maukesh Basdeo.

The judging of the debate will be conducted by three members of staff:

Mrs. Christine Sahadeo from the Department of Management

Dr. Anne Marie Mohammed from the Department of Economics

Mr. Gregory Wallace from the Department of Economics

The moderator for the proceedings is none other than the President of the UWI Guild of Students, Amilcar Sanatan.


The event takes place at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) on the UWI campus and is scheduled to commence at 1:30 p.m.  The sponsors for this year’s undergraduate debate competition are Kiss Baking Company.


For further information on COTE 2011, visit the conference website at or call (868) 662-2002 ext. 83231.

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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.

(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)