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UWI welcomes 3rd cohort of UWI/FIFA/CIES Post Graduate Diploma students

For Release Upon Receipt - February 16, 2012

St. Augustine

On Monday 13th February, 2012, the Department of Management Studies at The University of the West Indies welcomed the third cohort of students to its UWI/FIFA/CIES Post Graduate Diploma in Sport Management programme.

Mr. Roland Chavillon, Manager of the FIFA/CIES International University Network (IUN) and FIFA Master Alum, delivered the key address to over thirty students in attendance and spoke to the students on the benefits of being a part of the IUN which is made up of 13 universities worldwide, including The UWI.  A new and improved FIFA/CIES IUN website which allows for greater interaction and sharing of information with other students and staff of the Network was also unveiled to the new students last evening.

The UWI entered into this historic partnership with the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES), Switzerland under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) through the signing of an MOU in 2009. 

The programme offers courses in Strategic Management of Sports, Sports Marketing, Law and Sports, Communication in Sports, Sports Finance, Sports Facilities Management, Event Management and Human Resource Management (HRM) in Sports.

All students of the UWI/FIFA/CIES Post Graduate programme will each year have the opportunity to compete for a full scholarship to participate in the prestigious FIFA Master, now in its 13th year and offered at De Montfort University in Leicester, England; SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy; and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. This scholarship amounts to €45,000 and is given each year to one student within each of the IUN participating Universities. Since its inception in 2001, five persons with Trinidad and Tobago roots have successfully participated in the programme, including the present Programme Coordinator Ms. Charisse J. Broome, the first female to represent the Caribbean at the FIFA Master; Nick Lau, an American with Trinbagonian parentage; Angenie Kanhai; former national football player, Brent Rahim; and Neikelle Moore, cousin of 2011 UWI/FIFA/CIES PG Diploma graduate Mauricia Nicholson of Tobago.

Students will also be given the opportunity to submit specific projects into the running for the FIFA/CIES IUN Prize, awarded to the best group project developed within the FIFA/CIES programme. The prize-winners will travel to Switzerland to visit FIFA’s “House of Football,” the CIES headquarters in Neuchâtel and present their finished work to students of the FIFA Master.

For further information, please contact Ms. Charisse Broome, Coordinator, Post Graduate Programmes, Sports Management at 662-2002 ext. 83724 or 82105, or via e-mail at You can also visit the website at

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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 proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)