THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES' ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS
SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010
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recently exhibited the work of students of the
Three Dimensional Design Class of the Visual
Arts programme. Students and lecturers alike
were bug-eyed at the sight of the paper mach6
insects artfully placed in trees, bushes, and
alongside buildings in realistic positions on the
St Augustine Campus of The UWI.
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PARTNERS WITH UWI
Seated left to right, Professor Clement Sankat, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus
Principal and Honourable Orville London, Chief Secretary of Tobago House of Assembly (THA). Back row, (left
to right) Dr Susan Herbert, Head of Department School of Education, UWI St Augustine; Dr Elton Bobb, Chief
Administrator, THA; Professor Funso Aiyejina, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI St Augustine;
Assembly Man Mr Oswald Williams, Secretary of Tourism and Transportation; Mr Kenneth Sardinha, Chairman
of the Board of Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (THTI); and Mr Wayne Pierre, Chief Executive Officer
"Our collaborative partnership has been
a very natural one, defined by synergy
and mutual support for the national
and regional development agenda'" said
Professor Clement Sankat, UWI Pro
Vice Chancellor and St Augustine Campus
Principal as he and the Honourable
Orville London, Chief Secretary of the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) signed
two MOUs on behalf of their organizations
and the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism
The UWI-THA MOU provides for
cooperative relationships between The
UWI and the THA in several areas,
including delivery of formal courses and
informal training programmes in areas
of mutual interest, and jointly sponsoring
and conducting conferences, workshops,
seminars and training programmes. The
UWI-THTI MOU facilitates the delivery
of UWI programmes in Tobago by
granting UWI the use of THTI facilities
"In fact, you will recall that it is
in the THTI, that the Tobago initiative
first got off the ground in August 2003.
The THA allocated an entire block of
the THTI to the project, which included
four large classrooms and by mid-2004,
the THTI made more space available
for a computer lab in a separate block.
Because of demand, the UWI programmes
offered have expanded from the initial
B.Ed. programme to the B.Ed. Primary
Education (Early Childhood Care and
Education), the Diploma in Education
for secondary school teachers and the
Diploma in Education (Science option)
which was fully launched in Tobago for
the first time last May. Decisions and
actions such as these, on the part of UWI,
the THA and THTI, are what contribute
to the success of an initiative and translate
into tangible benefits for our students in
Professor Sankat thanked Mr London
"for his support for this initiative and
more broadly, for the unwavering support
of the Tobago House of Assembly for
the activities of the UWI St. Augustine
Campus in our efforts to strengthen
tertiary education in Tobago." Also present
from the THA were Dr Elton Bobb, Chief
Administrator, and Mr Oswald Williams,
Secretary of Tourism and Transportation.
Representing the THTI were Mr Kenneth
Sardinha, Chairman of the THTI Board
and Mr Wayne Pierre, Chief Executive
Officer of THTI.
Professor Funso Aiyejina, Dean of
the Faculty of Humanities and Education,
echoed the Principal's sentiments, adding
that, "The signing of these two MOUs
has shifted our relationship from an
arrangement between the Faculty of
Humanities and Education and the THTI
to being an understanding between the
St Augustine Campus and the THA. This
allows UWI to set up a physical presence
in Tobago. By extension, any UWI Faculty
can now run programmes at that site. In
fact, the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School
of Business is already taking advantage of
this special arrangement."
United for Development
In many ways, the success of The UWI St.
SAugustine Campus and the development
16 of our country are intertwined-producing
expertise and research for innovation and
policy formulation, high level training for the
workforce, providing advisory services on state
boards and commissions as well as service
to our community, creating employment
opportunities for close to 2,000 staff members
and nurturing a Campus community that
extends well beyond the physical walls of our University. As a regional
institution, The UWI's commitment to development is manifest in its
support for democratic and good governance processes. We know that
our strength as a whole depends on each Campus being able to respond to
national development needs, and we at UWI St. Augustine are committed
to reaching out to our communities in Trinidad and in Tobago.
The St. Augustine Campus is grateful for the support of the
Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago over its 50 years of
existence and the continued investment in developing our human
capital. While our Campus faces challenges, particularly with respect to
issues such as security, especially on the periphery of our Campus and
in the surrounding communities, physical space and support services to
cater to the needs of a growing student and staff population, meeting our
obligations to WIGUT and OWTU, our trade unions on the campus, and
our tenancy arrangement at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
at Mt Hope, we are confident that we can come up with creative solutions
with our public and private sector partners.
As we move forward as a country, the roles and responsibilities of
all our institutions in the higher education landscape should be clearly
articulated to promote complementarities rather than duplication,
especially in challenging financial times. This would allow all our
institutions to provide unique opportunities to our students and meet
the diverse needs of our country.
We will continue to work in partnership with the public and private
sectors to strengthen our institution and provide quality teaching,
learning, research and graduate programmes and enhanced facilities
for our students and staff. We look to the support of the Government of
Trinidad and Tobago and the regional governments as we make strides
in these important areas.
CLEMENT K. SANKAT
Pro Vice Chancellor & Principal
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4 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010
ONE OF A BILLION GREEN WAYS
BY SERAH ACHAM
On April 22, 2010, people in over 175 countries celebrated
the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Its theme, "A Billion acts
The following day, members of the Campus
Environmental Committee gathered outside the food
court, armed with plastic bottles of all shapes and sizes
with which to christen the first plastic recycling bin on
the St Augustine Campus. Campus Principal Professor
Clement Sankat, present for the momentous occasion, was
awarded the first throw. The Environmental Committee
then added their loot to the fray and encouraged students
passing by to join in, signifying the Campus' commitment
to the environment and marking The UWI's addition to the
"Billion Acts of Green" that this year's Earth Day inspired
around the world.
"Earth Day was set up 40 years ago in response to
concerns about pollution," said Professor Andrew Lawrence,
Chair of the Campus Environmental Committee. "It was
set up with a goal of making students on campuses in
universities in the United States become environmentally
aware and begin to press for changes with regard to
environment," he continued. "It was driven by higher
education in the US, so I think it's really timely that we, as
a higher education campus, should be starting to reduce our
own pollution impact on Earth Day."
At its inception, Earth Day was designed to put the
environment foremost on the US Government's political
agenda. Then US Senator for Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson,
designated April 22, 1970, to the cause-giving US citizens
the floor to voice their concerns for the environment at
environmental teach-ins held at universities across North
America on that day. The event took on a life of its own
and no one imagined that it would grow to such colossal
proportions, immediately placing immense public pressure
on the US Government to create a national environmental
agenda and, 40 years later, highlighting April 22 as Earth Day
on the calendars of nearly every country in the world.
And the Environment Committee wants this one act
to become a lifestyle; encouraging the campus community
to make environmentally sound decisions in their everyday
lives, so they're placing 14 plastic recycling bins at strategic
locations around the Campus.
"We're starting with the things we can achieve quite
quickly, like recycling'," said Professor Lawrence. "They
[members of the campus community] just need to hold on
to their plastic bottle until they can drop it into one of them
[the recycling bins] and hopefully what that does then is
reduces litter on the campus. It reduces the amount of waste
we put into landfill sites and it reduces plastics which are a
Campus Principal, Prof Clement Sankat leads students to using recycling bins on UWI's St Augustine Campus.
big, big pollutant."
On the immediate agenda of the Campus Environmental
Committee is the development of a "Campus-wide strategy
for recycling," said Professor Lawrence, whose area of
research is environmental biology. He cited an estimate of
almost 7000 cubic yards of garbage produced bythe Campus
each year, most of which are plastics and can easily be
recycled. "We don't need to be putting it into landfill sites,"
he held. "What we're trying to do is create systems whereby
we do begin to recycle these things."
Professor Lawrence went on to explain that much
of Trinidad's flooding can be blamed on plastics being
dumped into rivers, where they block the river systems.
"Ultimately those plastics go out into the sea," he said, "and
it's been estimated that there's a pool of plastics in the North
Atlantic that would stretch from Cuba to Washington DC.
That's how much rubbish there is in the sea and most of it is
plastics. It's a major problem and all that it requires is for us
as individuals to put our bottles into the recycling bins."
The launch of the plastic recycling bins saw a positive
response from students. "One guy came up to us and started
talking about his concerns about plastics in particular," said
Professor Lawrence. "I think amongst these students there's
a lot of goodwill towards doing these things. What they need
to know is that the things are there for them to do."
Established in May 2009, "with the remit of beginning
to put environment on the agenda within the university and
the wider country," said Professor Lawrence, this is just the
beginning of the Environmental Committee's work.
He lists the commitments made in the Campus'
Environmental Policy as working towards the sustainable
use of resources and incorporating environmental issues
into the mainstream business of the Campus, "so trying to
include the environment in teaching, in research and in the
overall management of the business that is the university"
"We want to try to reduce our footprint as much as
possible," he asserted, using the amount of travelling that
happens at the Campus as an example. "You know, one of
the bigger footprints as a Campus we probably make is the
carbon footprint through travel, so if there are things that
we can begin to do through video conferencing-all those
are the things we should be looking at to try to work as
sustainably as we can."
Ultimately, he said that the university hopes to become
an example of good environmental practice to other
companies in Trinidad and Tobago. "So hopefully we set
initiatives in place that other people think'well that's a good
idea, we can do that'."
If each member of the Campus community, students,
staff and faculty alike, adopts the simple practice of placing
their plastic bottles, containers, wrappers and other
paraphernalia, into the recycling bins, the Environmental
Committee's one act of making the bins available can easily
be multiplied into a billion more.
"...it's been estimated that there's a pool of plastics in the North Atlantic
that would stretch from Cuba to Washington DC. That's how much
rubbish there is in the sea and most of it is plastics."
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Karen Poison, a UWI
was awarded the
David Picou Young
V during the Caribbean
A A held in April 2010.
Karen has been a PhD
student since 2003 in
the Department of Life
"The potential impact
of increased temperatures on insecticide resistance in
Caribbean strains of the Dengue vector, Aedes aegypti "
Three scientific papers were submitted to the Caribbean
Health Research Council and all were accepted, two for
oral presentation and one as a conference poster. The two
oral presentations were "DDT and Pyrethroid resistance
in Trinidad and Tobago strains of Aedes aegypti" and
"Organophosphate resistance in Trinidadian strains of
The title of the poster presentation was the "Use of
Biochemical Assays to Detect and Assess resistance in
Trinidadian strains of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes."
This research is
especially relevant as
episodes of Dengue
are increasing and are
expected to be explosive
in the next decade.
The potential impact of this study on temperature
increases and insecticide resistance in the Aedes aegypti
mosquito is important in the context of climate change and
associated global warming. Results of this study can assist in
the development of an early warning system for insecticide
resistance, improvements in the management of insecticides
and their associated resistance modalities.
The relevance of this works not restricted to Trinidad
and Tobago but to the wider Caribbean region especially
as episodes of Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) are
increasing and are expected to be explosive in the next
decade. The fact that there are no efficient vaccines which
target all four dengue serotypes make vector control and
the management of insecticide resistance more critical to
our region and hemisphere.
Karen's journey into the field of Medical Entomology
began in her native Jamaica where she pursued a BSc degree
in Zoology, majoring in Entomology and Parasitology at
the Mona Campus.
On completion of her degree, she worked as the
Scientific Officer in the Vector Control Unit from 1994-
1997 at the Ministry of Health, Jamaica. In 1997, she took
up a post at the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC/
PAHO/WHO) as the Senior Technologist in the Entomology
Unit. After three years at CAREC, she was granted a year's
study leave to pursue an MSc in the Biology and Control
of Disease Vectors at the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, University of London. She returned to
continue working at CAREC in 2001 and shortly after began
work towards a PhD degree. In 2007, Karen left CAREC to go
the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia,
USA where her main focus involved laboratory experiments
on insecticide resistance among the Aedes aegypti mosquito
populations from the Caribbean region. After a year, she
came to Trinidad and since then has been at the St Augustine
Campus working part-time as a Teaching Assistant in the
Department of Life Sciences while writing her dissertation
under the supervision of Dr. Dave Chadee.
6 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010
New Regional Surveillance System
for Non-communicable Diseases
Participants at the Steering Committee Meeting held at UWI Business Development Office, St. Augustine on April 18, 2010. Clockwise from top left are Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, CMO, Guyana, Dr. Alafia Samuels, CARICOM
Consultant on NCDs, Dr. Rudy Cummings, Programme Manager, CARICOM, Professor Surujpal Teelucksingh, Project Lead, UWI, partly hidden are Ms. Hyacinth Chow, Project Coordinator, Dr. Rohan Maharaj, Faculty
of Medicine, UWI and Dr. Juan Carlos Zevallos, Consultant Epidemiologist, Mr Ashish Bhatt, Software Engineer, Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, CMO, Bahamas and Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, CMO, Jamaica.
The Caribbean region can be justifiably proud of its
achievement in controlling and even eliminating many
of the acute, infectious diseases that plagued our people
for generations. The strategies of regional cooperation
on disease surveillance and data dissemination were vital
contributors to this outcome.
The St. Augustine Campus of The UWI has joined forces
with six Caribbean countries (The Bahamas, Barbados,
Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) together
with CAREC/PAHO and the CARICOM Secretariat to
apply these successful strategies to deal with the new
enemy-chronic non-communicable disease (CNCDs). The
CNCDs include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and
cancers which together account for the bulk of morbidity
and mortality in the region today.
UWI's work on CNCDs is in keeping with the
international and regional focus on strategic responses
to CNCDs and their common risk factors (tobacco use,
unhealthy diets and lack of exercise). CARICOM and the
World Health Organization (WHO) are advocating for a
UN Special Session to address NCDs in September 2011.
CNCDs are responsible for 60% of all global deaths and
are a major poverty issue since of those deaths, 80% occur
in low-and middle- income countries, where they cause
14 million premature deaths each year and reduce GDP
growth by up to 5%. Dr. Alafia Samuels, an epidemiologist
at The UWI, is quoted as having said that, "The Caribbean
has the highest burden of disease from chronic diseases in
the region of the Americas. For example, the mortality rate
from diabetes in Trinidad and Tobago is 700 percent of
what it is in Canada."'
UWI is creating a regional data centre in which data
supplied by participating countries can be made available to
a wide range of users, providing the opportunity for analysis
and intervention. Good quality data is key to informing
clinical solutions, health policy and programmes as well
as the economic models that are to be built to address the
growing problem of the CNCDs, and trend analysis would
inform of the value of such interventions.
The project is the recipient of US $650,000 in funding
provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
under its Regional Public Goods (RPG) programme. The
RPG programme supports the efforts of IDB member
countries to use collective action to find innovative public
policy solutions to transnational challenges.
While the University is the executing agency for the
project, UWI contributes freely of its staff time and resources
to this regional public good. The IDB's funds have been used
for the recruitment of the Project Coordinator, Hyacinth
Chow, project consultants, and the hosting of training
workshops in the six countries.
Regional NCD Surveillance System
The UWI project team led by Professor Surujpal
Teelucksingh of the Faculty of Medical Sciences has been
working on achieving the project deliverables since the
signing of the project agreement with the IDB in May 2008.
This team includes Dr. Rohan Maharaj and Dr. Wayne
Labastide from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Nazir
Aladdin and Daren Dhoray from the Campus IT Unit, and
Lauren Boodhoo from the UWI Business Development
The Chief Medical Officers of the six participating
countries form the Steering Committee for the UWI project.
Theyviewed a demonstration of the web-based information
system at the St. Augustine Campus in April 2010. The
Chief Medical Officers acknowledged that the web-based
system, created by the project's consultant software engineer
Ashish Bhatt, has the potential to be a "powerful tool" in the
countries' efforts against CNCDs. The interactive design of
the system allows for ready availability and analysis of data
at all levels: institutional, national or regional.
In addition, Dr Juan Carlos Zevallos, the Consultant
Epidemiologist contracted by the project, reported to
the Steering Committee on a gap analysis undertaken to
determine the six countries' readiness to collect and deliver
in a timely manner the minimum data required. This
continues on the work done by CAREC/PAHO and the
participating countries to agree on the minimum data to be
collected. Dr Zevallos presented his findings and identified
best practices that could be put in place to improve data
UWI's management of the regional project has been
lauded by the IDB, which is highlighting it as a flagship
project being funded by its Regional Public Goods
programme. The IDB has recruited a Consultant to write
up the project as a case study given its strategic importance
to CNCDs, the regional focus of the project and the one-
of-a-kind nature of the project. The focus of the case study
is not so much on the technical aspects of the project but
rather on the methodologies used to establish coordinating
mechanisms among the participating countries, and how
the project was able and continues to overcome some of the
institutional challenges that most regional projects face.
The success of this project represents a major step
forward for the region, and while only six countries are
currently involved, the ultimate goal is for the entire region
to become involved.
Persons or organizations interested in learning more about the project are invited to contact the Project Coordinator by email to:
Hyacinth.Chow@sta.uwi.edu or telephone number: 645-2640 ext. 2930.
8 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010
AT HOME IN THE WORLD
Director of the International Office at the St Augustine Campus, Sharan Singh, outlines The UWI's quest to mark its international place.
What was the genesis of the
From my understanding, the International Office (10) was
started at the St. Augustine Campus as a means of assisting
the Campus Principal to engage the international academic
community in a more structured manner. Its primary focus
was to manage the cooperation agreements and develop
collaborative partnerships with academic institutions from
around the world. The 10 changed leadership approximately
five years ago and expanded its core function to include the
management of student exchanges and additional forms of
international collaboration. The office is now focussing on
how the Campus and University will internationalisee' to
become globally competitive and sustainable.
Is it a St Augustine entity or is it
university-wide in its scope?
This IO is a St. Augustine entity that focuses predominantly
on Campus-specific issues. However, this cannot be done in
a vacuum and therefore, strong working relationships have
been developed with the 10's at Mona and Cave Hill, the
VC's Office, the PVC Research and other University-wide
entities that are also involved in internationalisation.
How has it been received
Over the past year, the office has been received extremely
well. In fact, 10's at other universities are now looking at
ours as a model for conducting their own strengthening and
expansion exercises. The strong relationships we developed
have led to some interesting collaborations and the stage is
set for even greater achievements. We have also become the
focal point for engaging the Campus for both international
partners and organizations operating in T&T.
What are some of its projects to date?
When the leadership of the IO changed last year, the
focus and objectives of the office also shifted as indicated
above. The first six months were focused primarily on
strengthening and building systems and processes as well as
key internal relationships with other offices and departments.
That then allowed us to shift our gaze towards being more
entrepreneurial and develop projects that would add value
to our Campus as well as demonstrate the positive impacts
of internationalisationn.' In addition to strengthening our
capability to manage and champion outbound student
exchanges, we held a major student exchange fair that has
resulted in significant increases in the number of UWI
students interested in student exchange opportunities. We
have also adopted a theme of 'global citizenship' and are
promoting this creatively to all UWI students since we feel
that this is a substantial way of contributing towards the
development of the 'ideal UWI graduate.' I strongly believe
that by using a creative approach, administrative offices can
play a valuable role in the academic process as well.
Another project that we recently launched is the 'Global
Citizenship Dialogues' where we bring individuals considered
to be Global Citizens through their achievements, impact
or interests. The primary audience is UWI students and we
intend to expose them to a diverse range of individuals so
they can see the good, bad and sometimes even the ugly of
what it means to be a global citizen. It takes place in the
form of a conversation between the guest and myself in a
relaxed atmosphere meant to heighten students' interest
and participation. Some other notable projects over the
past year include the intimate involvement in the creation
of a faculty development scholarship by the Government of
Canada, the facilitation of a senior team of administrators
from the Campus to participate in the prestigious US
Government International Visitors Leadership Programme,
the completion of agreements with a range of international
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partners to develop collaborative programmes and research,
the strengthening of working relationships with foreign
missions and international organizations in T&T and the
participation in a process on behalf of the Vice Chancellor
to negotiate a new scholarship scheme to promote south-
south movement of post grad students and researchers
within and amongst universities from the Caribbean, Africa
and the Pacific.
What are projects in the pipeline?
There are too many to mention here but I will list a few that
are quite interesting:
The creation of a multidisciplinary academic offering
in 'Global Citizenship' available to all UWI Students as
an 'add-on' to their current field of study (similar to a
certificate or even a minor)
The establishment of a working group on
internationalisation comprising representatives of
all key Campus stakeholders in order to deepen
their involvement in the 'operational' side of
The presentation of a paper on 'Internationalisation
of Higher Education in the Caribbean at a major
conference on Internationalisation of Higher Education
The development of a volunteering programme for
the staff of the 10 and for all incoming international
students (both short- and long-term)
There are some major 50th anniversary surprises in the
pipeline... stay tuned!
What do you consider to be its biggest
accomplishment to date?
This is a simple one... the increased profile of
internationalisation at a Campus-wide level. Through the
interesting projects, strong relationships and entrepreneurial
approach to promoting the virtues of thinking and acting as
a global university, we are beginning to see our colleagues
reflect the stance that internationalisation is not just
something that 'those people in the international office
Within the next five years, what would
you like most to see it achieve?
Again, this is an easy one as much thought has gone into
what this office does and therefore, what our major expected
outcomes should be. The primary role of the University and
Campus is to produce high quality, competitive graduates
and world-class research. If this office achieves anything over
the next five years, it should be to ensure that all of the key
players-the faculty, administrators, students, staff and even
external stakeholders-are committed to ensuring that we
produce strong West Indian 'products' which can compete
at the highest international levels.
SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010 UWI TODAY 9
out because he had the baby's freedom to do so; the mii
one took a moderate road, and the eldest chose a do
life. The things you see in pictures.
But the pictures came after the interview-I hadn'
seen Keshav's LAZA beam band's website, which boa
that "his sound is increasingly without genre" nor the
brothers performing in Kin Sibling Rivalry-so a lo
what he was relating suggested that he was one soupec
When we spoke, Sharan had just returned from Lon(
where his flight to Trinidad had been delayed because oi
volcanic ash that grounded European travel. Since r
of his assignations with the colleges he'd been visiting
develop relationships on behalf of The UWI were don(
took the opportunity to visit two of his childhood ho
and play at a concert, while keeping constantly in touch,
the International Office at the St Augustine Campus of
UWI, where he is the Director.
It's his second incarnation at The UWI; he was
at the Business Development Office (BDO) when
Bhoendradatt Tewarie was principal. He'd followed his
in International Studies (with a double minor in Spa.
and Business Administration), with Masters Degrees in I
International Business and International Administrat
but when he returned to Trinidad and reported to
idle that it is no longer enough to be the best regionally;
uble not with so many international ones now operating
freely in the Caribbean.
t yet "We need to figure out how we are going to
sted position ourselves in the world," and the key is to
two "focus and differentiate."'
)t of One of the drivers at the International Office is its
[-up student, faculty and staff exchanges and scholarships.
Theirs is the mantra of nurturing "global citizenship."
ion, He feels it is important to let students experience
fthe the world outside, because "borders are falling and
nost we are becoming amorphous" and it has revived
g to nationalistic feelings.
e, he His concept of global citizenship "means
mes becoming more sure of who you are as a Trinidadian
with and Tobagonian as you go out in the world."'
The As the son of a diplomat, who spent years at
a time in India, Canada, the UK and the USA, he
first found his sense of being Trinidadian was reinforced
Dr by those outer exposures. Moving through different
BA societies created the self confidence that ripples
nish through his slight frame with that remarkable
)oth intensity. He's at home anywhere in the world, and
ion, that is precisely where he wants to place The UWI.
out how we are going to
n the world;' and the key
is to "focus and differentiate."
The explosive confidence he exudes is so hypnotic,
it's like being caught in a whirlwind. What makes it
incongruous is that it erupts from the kind of fastidious
demeanour one expects of an accountant.
He tells of the flurry of activities he's always flooded
his life with-the music: trumpet and the drums of his
heart; the sports: football, softball, rafting, hiking and
the cricket of his heart; the clubs and organizations; the
constant moves: 16 schools in five countries-and all
you can wonder is: but how does he stay so neat? For
someone who lives so fully that sometimes, "I need
a vacation from my own life," Sharan Chandradath
Singh ought to look ruffled, dishevelled even, but apart
from the glint occasionally shining through the Prada
glasses, he appears immaculate and imperturbable.
It must be that formidable pair-genetics and
environment-that shaped this 35-year-old. His Indian
mother, Anita, once produced and presented television
films locally, like 'Mehefil' that sought to highlight
cultural elements. She cut a serene, composed picture,
with her elegant clothing and refined diction, yet when
you look up her online profile, hers is a beehive of
activity: author, chef, teacher, graphic designer, script
writer, producer and presenter; and you see the lineage
of the man. It's reinforced by the Trinidadian father,
culturally active diplomat Chandradath Singh (the
family bears his name) whom memory recalls clad
in white with drums before him. His two younger
brothers, Shyamal and Keshav carry the family's artistic
traits, but wear them much more openly. Looking at
images of the three, it is like the youngest lets it all hang
Service Commission as he was required to do for his OAS
Fellowship, he received a sluggish response. His fortuitous
meeting with the BDO's Director, Dr David Rampersad,
opened the door and for the next three and a half years, he
learned university ropes. Then something entirely different
appeared at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and he took off.
Proficient now in working within the intricacies of
international environments, Sharan realized that in addition
to his "spontaneity, drive and enthusiasm" he had acquired a
skills set that "combined very unique characteristics." From
PwC, he'd worked on transformation projects at various
ministries, and had built systems for various organizations,
benefiting from the global scope of his company to source
"Then this opportunity came up, and it was a very hard
decision to make," he said of the UWI position. "I felt I could
get closer to the future of the country here at UWI." So he
bid his potential PwC partnership goodbye and set up the
International Office, and hasn't regretted it one bit.
"I came back and did a mega situation analysis," he said,
determining there was a lot of potential, so for six months,
"we developed systems and templates and now we can shift
gaze" to the internationalization of UWI, he said.
Critical to this goal is the accreditation process, which
"allows you to take a look at yourself in a structured manner,"
he said, adding that it helps staff to internalise the strategic
objectives of the institution.
"Internationalization to me is the sustained global
competitiveness of our institution, and removing the
constraints of being the best regional institution to being an
internationally competitive one," he said. His argument is
10 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010
OFF TO GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
Nadimah Mohammed was the recipient of the
President's Medal in 2009 and began her first year of
university life at the St Augustine Campus. On the eve
of her final exam, she answered some questions about
the next step in her university journey.
Nadimali Mohammed at the beginning of her year at The UWI.
Was the first year at UWI anything
like you imagined?
For the most part, no. I've always heard people heavily
criticise UWI for a whole range of reasons and so, when I
started my first year I had very few positive expectations.
Now, I think I can objectively say that Trinidadians simply
love to complain and I couldn't be happier that I decided
to take my first step into tertiary education at home. Sure,
there are flaws; what institution doesn't have flaws? But I've
found a lot to be enjoyed: excellent library facilities, many
good lecturers, easy access to learning resources through my
e-learning and a wide range of clubs and activities to nurture
and/or develop interests and hobbies. UWI is what it is, and
I think each student determines how great his/her individual
experience is. I've definitely been pleasantly surprised.
Do you feel that the Nadimah who
entered a year ago has changed?
Yes. A lot too! I think it's a built-in plus of going to any
university-having to realise that high school is over
and being more responsible for your learning, building
relationships and minimising conflicts with a far wider range
of people than you're accustomed to, and generally realising
that to a large extent you have gained control of who you're
going to be in the future. I'd like to think that I've become
more independent and mature over this year and hopefully
more open and friendly to new people.
What are you going to do next year?
Heading to the University of Nottingham to do International
Relations and Global Issues (MSc) for four years, with the
second year being spent in a foreign country out of the
UK... can't wait.
What influenced your decision?
I think more than the choice of institution, I want to
experience the world beyond Trinidad, beyond the comfort
zone of home. I want to interact with people from every
corner of the globe, to expand my mind beyond the limits
of my own perspective, to see the world from a new angle
and I think that an education in the UK promised me just
that. In many ways, UK universities, although accused of
using international students for profit, serve as a meeting
point for the world's minds and I couldn't let myself miss
that assembly. Given that my field is International Relations,
I automatically decided that studying in such a setting would
give a true international seasoning to my education. I don't
think anyone can put a price on an international experience;
it is certainly an education that transcends the limits of a
degree. It also helped that the UK is often regarded as the
doorway to Europe and the rest of the Eastern hemisphere
and as someone craving the opportunity to travel, it took
little convincing for me to decide to go to university abroad.
Luckily for me, my degree of choice offers me the chance to
study for a year at one of a selection of universities scattered
across several countries, including Malaysia, Australia
and China. As I've seen it, there are several opportunities
available to students studying at the universities that I've
scrutinised in terms of internships, volunteer programmes
and travel opportunities and I think those are the things
that help to develop character and separate individuals on
the job market. After winning an open scholarship, I really
couldn't let the opportunity pass me by.
Have you found your calling yet?
I think I've had too many callings! Over the past 10 years,
I've probably found my calling the same number of times.
I've considered everything from chemical engineering, to
law, to medicine, to teaching, to journalism, to becoming a
chef. I still don't know where I'm heading and my choice of
International Relations is based on going with something
that I love and am interested in. I'm hoping that being abroad
and exposed to the world will finally bring me the right call.
I'm pretty much open to wherever the road takes me, even if
it means having to do a second degree after this one. I have
faith that I'll figure it out eventually.
* HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR PRINCIPAL SANKAT
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has granted an honorary degree to UWI St. Augustine Principal,
Professor Clement Sankat at its spring graduation ceremonies.
The Canadian University is among the oldest public universities in North America and the oldest English-
language university in Canada. Its Fredericton campus, where Prof Sankat received his doctor of letters on
May 19, was established in 1785.
"I am deeply honoured by the award of this honorary doctoral degree by the University of New Brunswick,"
said Prof Sankat after the ceremony on Wednesday. "In receiving this honour, it is also recognition of our St.
Augustine Campus and of our UWI and its growing international reputation.'
Prof Sankat was one of seven honorees at the UNB's three ceremonies this week.
"Clement Sankat has had a distinguished career as a scholar, an academic administrator and as a public
servant," said Dr Dan Coleman, UNB Fredericton's Dean of Business Administration and one of Prof Sankat's
"UWI St. Augustine is responsible for operating Roytec, UNB's partner in education and business
administration programmes in Trinidad and Tobago. Prof Sankat has for many years, been actively involved
in the application and promotion of science and technology in Trinidad and Tobago and in the region. He is
very deserving of this honorary degree.'
"Over the years, we have developed a strong partnership with the UNB to deliver programs in Business
Administration and Education in Trinidad and Tobago through our Roytec Agreement," said Prof Sankat.
Recently, he said, this was expanded to include the delivery of a Masters in Education degree. "My hope is that
through this growing partnership we can extend this to other areas of education and training, for example,
Forestry and the Management of our Natural Resources and the Environment."
From left: President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New
Brunswick (UNB), H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell, Principal of the St.
Augustine Campus of The UWI, Prof. Clement Sankat, and UNB
Chancellor Richard J. Currie at the graduation ceremony of the
UNB, where Prof Sankat received an honorary doctorate on May
SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010 UWI TODAY 11
1 HEATON .S AG CAIBA AWR SFRECLEC
FROM PIONEER TO PIONEER
Laureates and President: The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence Laureates paid a courtesy visit to the President, HE George Maxwell Richards on Friday Apr 16. (From left) Mr Michael Mansoor,
Chair Eminent Persons Panel, Mr Adrian Augier, Dr Anthony N Sabga, HE President George M Richards, Sydney Allicock, Prof Kathleen Coard, and Awards Programme Director, Maria Superville-Neilson
"Now is the Caribbean's chance to emerge from the shadows
of history into the light of the future," said Dr Anthony N.
Sabga, speaking at the Hilton Trinidad a few weeks ago. He
said these words not to a gathering of businessmen, but
an audience assembled to honour a Grenadian medical
doctor, a St Lucian playwright, and a Guyanese community
activist. The occasion was the third biennial ceremony to
present the Caribbean Awards for Excellence, which bear
his name, on April 17.
The opportunity to which Dr Sabga referred was the
chance to exploit this particular moment of crisis in the
world economy, where the US seems to be straining and
the European Union is facing imminent collapse. Now is
the time, he said, to ply the Caribbean's case. And the best
way to do this, he believes, is to seek out the Caribbean's best
and brightest, recognize them, and give them the means to
produce work, in arts, sciences, and the public sphere, which
can benefit the region, and beyond.
This is quite a formidable task in a region so diffuse
in terms of population, and so geographically separated.
Nominating committees had to be established in each major
sub-region (Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, OECS,
and Jamaica) and an overall panel of eminent persons whose
input would give the selection process the necessary gravitas.
Researchers had to be employed to ensure the candidates
were worthy of nomination in each territory, and everything
had to be supervised from Trinidad.
These logistical challenges were overcome by the small
but effective team, headed by Maria Superville-Neilson
at the project secretariat, who took Dr Sabga's vision and
the ANSA McAL Foundation's money, and set about
implementing the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards
for Excellence in 2005. Its first laureates in arts and letters,
science and technology, and public and civic contributions,
were named in 2006. They included Trinidadian filmmaker,
Robert Yao Ramesar, Jamaican scientist Prof Terrence
Forrester, and Trinidadian priest (resident in Jamaica) Fr
Gregory Ramkissoon. Each received a gold medal, a citation,
and a half-million dollars (TT$).
The ceremony marked the third cycle of awards, and
Dr Sabga announced that the awards, as of 2011, would
be made yearly. The decision to make such a gesture is not
unprecedented: the Nobel Prizes were initiated and funded
by entrepreneur Alfred Nobel, and the Rockefeller, Carnegie,
and Guggenheim families in the United States have given
prodigiously to intellectual causes. However, even though
West Indians have been awarded Guggenheims, Rockefeller
grants and Nobel Prizes, there has not been, till now, a
regional prize with similar aspirations. And this is where
Dr Sabga saw his opportunity.
Dr Sabga made his fortune building industrial
businesses (like the sale and manufacture of household
goods, and printing and light manufacture) in the country's
infancy, and continued to expand and diversify into more
sophisticated products as the economy could accommodate
them. Today, the ANSA McAL group is diversified into
media, merchant banking, technology, and consumer
products. From the ANSA McAL group the ANSA McAL
Foundation was formed, and it has given generously to The
UWI, establishing the ANSA McAL Psychological Research
Centre, and being instrumental in setting up The UWI's
Institute of Business.
The prizes this year were awarded to Prof Kathleen
Coard, a UWI Pathologist, originally from Grenada; Adrian
Augier, a St Lucian poet, playwright and Carnival artist,
who is also a development economist, and Sydney Allicock,
a community activist, who is also a member of the First
Peoples of Guyana (a Makushi).
With the exception of Augier, whose job as an
economist and technocrat brings him into high-profile
situations, Coard and Allicock have worked most of their
lives in relative obscurity. In her acceptance speech, Coard
thanked the selection committees for "discovering" her,
since her profession, medical pathology, is the academic
aspect of medicine. Her colleagues, though, were more
effusive about her. Prof Carlos Escoffery of Mona, called her
the "mother of cardiovascular pathology in the Caribbean"
and credited her research with establishing benchmarks
which are still in use.
Allicock is from the North Rupununi District in
Guyana, and is credited as one of the key figures in
developing a sustainable model of tourism which involves
international agencies, NGOs, the government, business
interests, and communities.
Allicock's approach is called "the three-legged stool"-
with each of native, business and government (and NGOs)
comprising the legs. He is also one of the key members
of the Iwokrama Centre for Research and Conservation
in Guyana, and a member of that country's low-carbon
initiative. He was also instrumental in preserving the
indigenous people's languages, and promoting the education
of the young people in the interior communities, which are
sometimes inaccessible to the urban areas, except by air. He
was overcome during his acceptance speech, and called his
receipt of the award "a dream come true."
The Anthony N. Sabga Awards for Ca rdil'm'' n //. I i, can be found at ww ,,i,,i, ,in ,i.i, 1 ',i, ,' ..'.', and on Facebook.
12 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010
I'r,,Ix 'r Surujpal Teelucksingh
Head of the Management Studies Department, applauds.
* 4 SPORTS MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
The Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI, has distributed four
scholarships to students of the inaugural class of the FIFA/
UWI/CIES Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management.
On Wednesday May 12, 2010, academic and administrative
staff convened at the Faculty of Social Sciences lounge to
witness the distribution of scholarships, courtesy the Centre
for International Sports Studies (CIES), the academic arm
of FIFA, the world governing body in football.
Recipients of the 2010 CIES partial scholarships
included Christian Medina, a computer science and
management professional; Seychelle Grant, a community
sports nutritionist in training; Arlon James a secondary
school teacher; and Mauricia Nicholson, a national football
and hockey player. The scholarships are to assist students
* MYTHS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
CHOICE, a publication of the Association of College
and Research Libraries, which does reviews for academic
libraries, has Iily recommended" Dr Basil Reid's recent
book, "Myths and Realities of Cir'anbblen History."
R. Berleant-Schiller, emerita, University of Connecticut,
wrote that Dr Reid has demonstrated that the 11 conventional
beliefs he examined are really myths.
"One chapter valuable beyond its Caribbean interest
summarizes the research and debates on the dispersion
of syphilis and other treponemal diseases, a process
not yet fully understood," he wrote, adding that "Reid's
conclusion emphasizes the role of archaeology in clarifying
Caribbean history and the nature of archaeology as part of
The book is va'iblih' at The UWI Bookshop.
offset some of their tuition and travel costs while in pursuit
of the Diploma.
Applications for the January 2011 intake of students for
the postgraduate programmes in Sports Management open
in July 2010. All interested persons are encouraged to apply
online before the September 30th 2010 deadline at www.sta.
For more information on the FIFA/UWI/CIES Diploma
in Sports Management log on to
inSportsManagement.asp or email Ms. Charisse
Broome, Programme Coordinator at Charisse.Broome@
sta,uwi.edu or Mrs. Pavitra Moonsammy atpavitra.
* NEW PUBLIC ORATOR
Professor Surujpal Teelucksingh, Professor of
Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, has
been appointed Public Orator for The UWI's St.
"My appointment as public orator is a signal
honour to the Faculty of Medical Sciences," said
Professor Teelucksingh, as he succeeds the long-
serving and highly respected Professor Barbara
Lalla, who retires this year.
"It may be a common misconception that
those who are so selected to train in medicine
have too narrow a focus and are therefore unable
to rise to these higher callings. I am delighted to
have been nominated, and although to perform
the duties of an orator would not be a natural
instinct, I do look forward to this new and
challenging role. Admittedly, the legacy from
those who have preceded me will lighten the
burden," he said.
The UWI has appointed three new Public
Orators and renewed the term of one. Each
campus of The UWI has its own Public Orator
who prepares and delivers citations at University
functions such as graduation and awards
ceremonies and convocations.
The Public Orator selected for the Cave Hill
Campus is Mr Robert Leyshon, Senior Lecturer
at the Department of Language, Linguistics and
Literature. He will succeed Professor Henry
Fraser, former Dean of the Cave Hill Faculty of
Medical Sciences, who retires in July of this year.
Dr Francis Severin, Head of the Open Campus,
Dominica, takes over for the now retired Dr
Lennox Bernard as Public Orator for the Open
Campus. Professor Brian Meeks, Director of
the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and
Economic Studies (SALISES), will continue as
Public Orator of the Mona Campus for another
Christian Medina receives his CIES scholarship from Post Graduate Sports Management lecturer, Mrs. Carol Charles-Austin. Errol Simms,
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14 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 30TH MAY, 2010
Mr. Nizam Mohammed from the UWI Graphite Laboratory, and Dr. Lebert Grierson, Head of the UWI Chemistry Department.
* UWI OFFERS LUBRICATION EXPERTISE
The UWI St. Augustine Campus has developed considerable
expertise in the field oftribology-the science and technology
of controlling friction, lubrication and wear-and can now
offer its expertise in lubrication problems to local companies
wishing to review their current processes. As the properties
of lubricants are enhanced, one major advantage for the
consumer is that the amount of "downtime" for equipment
will be reduced. The Faculty of Science and Agriculture
can assist companies seeking an understanding of which
lubricants work best in their machinery through customized
assessment and consultation.
Dr. Lebert Grierson, Head of the UWI Chemistry
Department, said that UWI researchers continue to develop
indigenous expertise and seek solutions that meet local
demand. The team is prepared to provide clients with
expertise and training that takes into account the peculiar
circumstances in which they operate as well as their specific
requirements. Dr. Grierson explained that the consultancy
services also cover design issues that must be addressed if
companies are to improve their overall performance and
The UWI Graphite Laboratory has already developed
products that have been tested locally and found to be
superior to those currently on the market. One such
product is a heavy-duty grease designed for use with heavy
equipment and bearings. The same grease is also suitable
for marine applications. Unlike competitors' products, the
grease has been formulated to work as a multi-purpose
product for various pieces of equipment, saving money and
reducing maintenance time.
The Laboratory has also developed several asphalt-
based products, including a multi-purpose plastic cement
which can be used to seal cracks in concrete and metal,
including walls and roofs. The Laboratory has developed a
lubricant that can be used in open gears and wheels and can
also be used as a catalyst for thickening other oils.
Mr. Nizam Mohammed, the Laboratory's main product
developer, has been conducting lubricant and asphalt
research and testing for several years and can develop
specialized lubricants to meet a myriad of lubrication
problems experienced in cement manufacturing, quarrying,
and light and heavy industries. Due to its flexible nature,
the Laboratory has the ability to customize products to meet
specific customer requirements.
Funds generated from the services provided by the
research team are channeled back into the University's
research and innovation efforts. Dr. Grierson states
that such funds may be used to acquire state-of-the-art
laboratory equipment such as four-ball testing and friction
equipment and a dynamic shearing rheometer.
Companies interested in accessing the Universitys tl ,li.,i.,;r services in lubrication or in i ,'l,l. 'i,, a with the University to
further develop or market its graphite- and asphalt-based products l, til)ly or in the wider Caril''e,i are invited to contact
the UWI Business Development Office by email to email@example.com
* SEMINAR ON THE LANGUAGE AND
SOCIETAL EXPERIENCE OF THE DEAF
A key objective of the mission statement of The UWI's
2007-2012 Strategic Plan is the provision of "complementary
opportunities for higher education that foster intellectual
development, creative activity and self actualization,
enhance social and interpersonal relations, and enable
students to have a broader frame of reference for specialized
As broad as it is, this objective is even more essential
to the advancement of persons with disabilities in our
society, and more specifically the Deaf, who due to the
communication barrier of what is essentially a linguistic
deficiency rather than a disability, find themselves unable to
advance socially and economically, towards self sufficiency.
While many Deaf attain a primary education, few go on to
succeed at the secondary level in any academic fields, as
the majority are unable to attain CSEC passes which would
enable them to advance to tertiary level institutions.
While some may argue that scarce resources cannot be
further stretched to provide for the specialized educational
needs of the Deaf at the tertiary level, it is nevertheless
important to provide means for those Deaf who wish to
pursue tertiary studies within the Caribbean, especially
due to the fact that while cases of deafness from birth have
been decreasing mainly due to medical advances, sudden
or acquired deafness is noted to be on the increase, as a
result of accidents and occupational causes respectively.
Since education is a universal right, no member of the Deaf
community should be allowed to remain marginalized as a
result of society not providing the resources which would
make him/her more marketable and by extension, self
It is significant that the Department of Liberal Arts of
the St. Augustine Campus chose to host a seminar on the
language and societal experience of the Deaf yesterday. It
was meant to bring a marginalized but vibrant community
together, to discuss issues pertinent to their advancement.
A welcome outcome of this seminar would be a greater
awareness of issues affecting the Deaf within Trinidad and
Tobago and the wider Caribbean, and the laying down of a
foundation to ensure that more Deaf and other persons with
disabilities could freely enjoy the concomitant benefits of an
academic/tertiary education. (Samantha S. P. Mitchell)
* ONLINE HISTORY JOURNAL
Dr. Rita Pemberton, Head of The UWI's Department of
History, launched their Online Journal recently. The Journal,
which will be published annually and made available via
UWI Space of the Main Library, will benefit scholars,
students, libraries, and members of the public interested in
history. "The Department is also mindful of the growing
demand by researchers for publishing opportunities, and
therefore invites contributions on topics of national and
regional historical interest from our local, regional and
international colleagues," she said.
The Link for the Journal is
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Clockwise from top: Natalie Charlery, Gennike Mayers, Crystal Austin, Aisha Lewis and Joleen Meharris
* INTERPRETERS LEND A HAND TO HAITI
The Caribbean Interpreting and Translation Bureau (CITB)
of The UWI recently sent a team of five interpreters from its
pool of qualified foreign language services professionals to
a conference in Martinique dealing with the Haiti recovery
Established in 2005, the CITB provides interpreting and
translation services for clients across the region. To date,
the CITB has a pool of more than 20 interpreters, nine of
whom are graduates of the UWI Postgraduate Diploma in
Most recently the CITB was asked to provide and
coordinate ateam ofinterpreters for that historic International
Conference of World Cities and Regions for Haiti hosted
by the French Government in Martinique in March. This
conference brought together Mayors from around the world
including Benin, Brazil, Canada, Spain, France, Japan and
notably a large delegation of Mayors from Haiti, as well as the
Mayor of New Orleans, USA, during the Hurricane Katrina
disaster. French Minister for the Overseas Territories,
Marie-Luce Penchard and the Haitian Minister of Interior
and Local Authorities, Paul Antoine Bien-Aime, were also
The objective was to pool the resources and expertise of
regional and local authorities towards implementing the
development plan expressly desired by Haitian authorities,
particularly regarding support for local governance; to
coordinate international aid, and to pool the efforts of
Haitian regional and local authorities with those from
Interpreters Crystal Austin, Nathalie Charlery, Aisha
Lewis, Gennike Mayers and Joleen Meharris are all UWI
alumni who travelled to Martinique, along with other
interpreters from Guadeloupe and Martinique. Joint
team leader, Aisha Lewis, who is currently pursuing
a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations at UWI,
said, "My parents are very passionate about issues affecting
the African Diaspora; as such Haiti has always been a place
of interest for me."'
Joint team leader, Gennike Mayers, added, "This
conference had special meaning for me because it was about
Haiti, for Haiti and involved the Haitian Mayors themselves
who were setting the agenda for the reconstruction and
development of their own country."
Nathalie Charlery, a graduate of the first UWI
Interpreting programme in 1994, was on duty when the
Mayor of New Orleans took the podium. She recalls, "Every
conference brings its share of apprehension, however it was a
pleasure to be part of this exercise."'
Crystal Austin has since travelled to Guadeloupe on
another interpreting stint. "Working at this conference was
particularly rewarding because of its main focus, which was
reconstructing Haiti, and I know that it was an important
step in the country's recovery process," she said.
Joleen Meharris said, "It was doubly exciting to travel
to Martinique. First of all it was my first overseas conference
as an interpreter and secondly it was a historic one on the
reconstruction of Haiti."'
The intense months of work for the Interpreting
programme paid off for these graduates. They all agree that
by the time they had completed their first two interpreting
jobs, they were able to recoup what they had spent on tuition
fees, thanks to freelance interpreting jobs through the
CITB. The programme is a rigorous one, which builds and
evaluates skills in note-taking for consecutive interpreting,
research and terminology and simultaneous interpreting.
Interpreting Programme and CITB Coordinator Eric
Maitrejean explains, "Interpreting is not just about knowing
languages. It's about mastering languages and cultures. It
requires a broad-based general knowledge of world issues
and technical fields of all sorts but what we decided to do at
UWI was to train people on the most relevant fields for the
region (Education, Trade and Industry, Natural Disasters,
HIV/AIDS, etc.) where we can really make a difference."
UWI has been asked to consider delivering this
programme in Martinique and negotiations have also
started with the Universit6 des Antilles et de la Guyane
(UAG) campus in Guadeloupe for a joint offering as there
is a demand in the French overseas territories.
The third cohort of the Postgraduate Diploma in
Interpreting Techniques (its new name) will start training in
* FUNDS FOR HAITI
Mrs. Janet Jones recently handed over a cheque
for TT$60,000 to Mr. Kester de Verteuil,
Organisational Development Officer of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRC), Caribbean Office.
She said this was raised through the kind
contributions of UWI students and her own
funds. In keeping with her request, the funds
have been earmarked for health care and shelter
for the Haitian population.
Thousands of local Red Cross volunteers, many of whom
were affected by the earthquake, continue to provide
first aid and distribute relief supplies to people on the
streets of Port-au-Prince.
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