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The UWI, St Augustine Campus, announces the Winning Bidder for the design build of its South Campus

For Release Upon Receipt - May 18, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies would like to announce to the public that China Jiangsu International Economic Co-Operation Corporation (herein referred to as CJI) has won the bid for the design/build of the UWI St. Augustine, South Campus, Penal - Debe (Phase 1A).

CJI was one of seven pre-qualified applicants and one of four which submitted tenders. Their successful tender was worth TT$499,513,631.81. The three nearest bids were worth TT$769,934,445.50, TT$770,585,965.60 and TT$1,006,795,567.86. This project will be managed by the contracted project managers Acuitas Caribbean Limited under the guidance of the Campus Projects Office of the UWI St. Augustine.

CJI has identified CO-RD Limited, C.E.P. Limited and RAMPS Engineering Services Limited as the members of the Design/Build Project Team.

The Invitation for Tender was issued on 8th December 2011. The submitted Tenders were evaluated and ultimately scored over a lengthy period. The UWI has noted the public discussion surrounding this tender and reaffirms that all proper procedures were adhered to.

The creation of a South Campus comes as part of UWI’s regional strategic plan to expand the university so as to better serve its communities. The establishment of the South Campus was approved by the Council of the University of the West Indies and will be implemented with the support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Recognizing that investment in human resources is fundamental to sustainable development and economic growth, it became clear that the UWI must extend itself to respond to an increasing demand for higher education. In order to support this objective, extending the presence of the University beyond its physical location at St. Augustine was an imperative.  This initiative has begun at the South Campus with the flagship Faculty of Law which has been approved by the UWI as the Campus’ seventh Faculty, a moot Court, Library, multi-purpose teaching building, student union building, halls of residence, recreational and sporting facilities.

In the UWI's proud history spanning more than 60 years this extension of the UWI St. Augustine Campus is significant and mirrors the expansion of the UWI Mona Campus into Western Jamaica at Montego Bay.

It is expected that a second phase of the South Campus will provide opportunities for commercial activity and agricultural development, and these will be announced in due course.

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