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UWI dedicates buildings to the region’s ‘pioneers of Engineering’

For Release Upon Receipt - December 7, 2011

St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) has dedicated a cluster of buildings at its Faculty of Engineering to some of the Faculty’s esteemed former members – His Excellency President George Maxwell Richards and Professors Ken Julien, George Moon Sammy and IDC Imbert.  

This dedication of the buildings is a part of the Campus’ 50th anniversary celebrations, said Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal, in his opening address at a commemorative ceremony held at the Campus on Tuesday 29th November, 2011. Recalling the recent dedications of the Campus’ former Main Library and Health Economics Unit as the Alma Jordan Library and the Sir George Alleyne Health Economics Building, he said that he embraced the opportunity “to have (the Campus’) history, those who made it happen and the landmarks of this Campus, all captioned for generations to come.”

The Faculty of Engineering is “one of the founding Faculties of this Campus,” and at the time of the honorees’ schooling, the Engineering degree was only offered at The University’s St. Augustine Campus, he continued. Thus President Richards and Professors Julien, Moon Sammy and Imbert were among “the pioneers of Engineering in the region.” 

They all joined the Faculty during the early stages of its development and were instrumental in the growth of the field of Engineering and the teaching, research and scholarship of their respective professions: President Richards to Chemical Engineering, Professor Julien to Electrical Engineering, Professor Moon Sammy to Food Science and Technology and Professor IDC Imbert to Civil Engineering.  

Accordingly, the Chemical Engineering Building is now the Max Richards Building, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building has become the Kenneth S. Julien Building, the Food and Technology Laboratory will be the George Moon Sammy Building and the Civil Engineering Building is now called the IDC Imbert Building


About UWI

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.)