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UWI partners with Arthur Ashe Institute and NGOs for internship programme

For Release Upon Receipt - July 18, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has partnered with the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health in New York, through the J. William Fulbright NEXUS Scholarship Programme, and local NGOs, to establish the Social Determinants of Health Internship Training Programme for secondary school students.

This internship targets fifth and sixth form students specifically. It accommodates 20 interns and will last for four weeks, from July 16th to August 17th, 2012. Interns will work with NGOs within their communities to develop an understanding of the impact of social determinants on health outcomes, skills in conducting and communicating relevant community-engaged research and exposure to research in areas including diabetes, substance abuse, literacy, environment and HIV/Aids. They will also visit UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences at Mount Hope each week for lectures and workshops.  

The programme was launched on Monday 16th July, 2012, at UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope. Professor Samuel Ramsewak, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences welcomed guests and was followed by Dr Ruth C. Browne, CEO Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health; and Mr Alex McLaren, Public Affairs Officer, Office of the Ambassador, American Embassy. Keynote speaker, Mrs. Sunity Maharaj, Director of the Lloyd Best Institute, addressed students on the theme: “Youth as Agents of Change in their Communities.”

For further information please contact Samuel Ramsewak, MD, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, at 645-3232 Ext 5025-7, or, or visit the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health online at


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.)



  • Samuel Ramsewak, MD, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences

  • Tel.: 645-3232 Ext 5025-7
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