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UWI celebrates decades of research excellence

For Release Upon Receipt - October 3, 2012

St. Augustine

After more than five decades of contributing to the growth of Trinidad and Tobago and the region through its research initiatives, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus hosts the first Research Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 3rd October, 2012, at its Daaga Auditorium.

Organized by the Office of the Campus Principal, in partnership with the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the Research Awards Ceremony will celebrate some of its most outstanding and accomplished researchers. Staff members and postgraduate students who have distinguished themselves in this category over the past three years will be recognized. This ceremony also aims to build awareness within the wider community of the research that is carried out at The UWI.

The ceremony follows the theme “Celebrating Research Excellence” and comprises two award categories, Faculty Awards and Campus Awards. Graduate students who completed their dissertations in the academic year 2010/11 and received high commendation will also be acknowledged, along with their academic supervisors. Additionally, the ceremony will recognise the recipients of grants under the highly competitive UWI-Trinidad and Tobago Research and Development Impact Fund. This Fund is supported by dedicated funding from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Anthony Harford, and remarks will be provided by UWI’s Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris; NGC President, Mr. Indar Maharaj; Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, Senator The Honourable Fazal Karim; and Pro Vice Chancellor and UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat.

For more information contact the Office of the Campus Principal at 662-2002 ext. 83937 or via e-mail 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.)