Archived Issue July 2017

At the opening of the first Innovation Conference to be held at The UWI, Campus Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Copeland, told the gathering that a major element of the day was that it had managed a coalescing of vital forces, so to speak.

“What is significant about today, though, is the wide cross-section of participants – a coming together of individuals with differing perspectives – from the public and the private sectors, from academia and government, from international agencies. Yet, we come together with one common cause: the need, no – absolute imperative – to increase Research, Development and Innovation in (RDI) Trinidad and Tobago.”

Professor Copeland, who was formally inducted as Campus Principal yesterday (July 8), outlined his vision for The UWI, saying students should be better equipped with the tools for survival in a highly competitive and dynamic world.

“We know that many UWI graduates are facing hitherto unseen levels of underemployment, even in the high-demand professions such as medicine and law. We have accepted the challenge of utilising our resources to help younger generations learn how to survive in the new dynamically changing world. In such a world, we believe it is of the utmost importance that our citizens be educated and trained to meet and beat every challenge that nature or humankind throws their way. They must be endowed with the ability to spot and exploit commercial opportunities, while deriving novel, ingenious, and workable solutions to our economic, societal and ecological challenges. This would be a legacy of self-sustainability.

“Such a legacy would be an enduring one. It would completely obliterate the debilitating cultural impact of slavery and indentureship. But, even more, it would determine the ultimate survival and growth of our region as a whole.”

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UWI Calendar September - October 2017

Ignite the Brain
September 29
Daaga Auditorium
UWI St. Augustine
techAGRI Summer Camp
July 10 to August 4
DCFA Agostini Street
St. Augustine
AiA Memories Discovery Camp
July 10 to 29 and August 7 to 19
DCFA Agostini Street.
St. Augustine
UWI Life 2017
September 1
UWI St. Augustine
The UWI DEF Golf Challenge
September 24
Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club
Confucius Institute Day
September 29
JFK Quadrangle
UWI St. Augustine
Graduation Ceremonies
October 26 to 28
Sport and Physical Education Centre
UWI St. Augustine

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Also In This Issue

  From the Principal: UWI in the Cyberspace of 2050
  Chemistry Display
  New Dean of Science
  Professor Copeland has been inducted
  Oil and Gas
  Diplomacy and Business Etiquette
  Midwives, mothers and families
  The Innovation Imperative
  Why Innovation Performance has been weak in T&T: A view from academia
  Private sector must lead diversification charge
  Code Glue
  A language for the displaced: Refugees get help to find their voices
  Engineer of the stars: Anil Kokaram makes movies better
  Whatever we eat, we draw: Food meets art for preschoolers