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Despite the economic downturn, corporate Trinidad
and Tobago, and UWI alumni, staff and studentsproved
that even in a tight economy, good causes can still find
support. "60" The Gala indeed set the stage for stronger
partnerships between The University, our regional
governments, the leaders of business and industry in
the Caribbean, and all our Alumni spread across the
Caribbean Diaspora.
On December 12, the ballroom of Trinidad's
newest hotel- the Hyatt Regency, was transformed into
16,000 square feet of pure glamour and glitz.

Parlez-vous fran ais?
* UWI Lecturers Honoured

The occasion? "60" The Gala!
The black-tie event, hosted under the distinguished
patronage of His Excellency Professor George
Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago and former UWI St. Augustine
Campus Principal (1984 1996), marked the grand
conclusion to a full calendar year of 60th Anniversary
celebrations at The University of the West Indies.
But it wasn't just a soir6e.
This first-time fund-raising effort by the St.
Augustine campus attracted over TT$3 million. The

Bio Fuels
* Fueling a food crisis or fuel for the future?

proceeds, along with all other funds raised from UWI
60th Anniversary initiatives, will support infrastructure
projects and student development at UWI.
"60" The Gala drew many top-level leaders of the
regional university, including UWI Chancellor Sir
George Alleyne, Vice Chancellor Professor E. Nigel
Harris, Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal (St.
Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago) Professor Clement
Sankat, University Registrar Mr C. William Iton, and
University Bursar Mr Winston Bayley.
Also among the more than 400 distinguished
guests at the red carpet affair were Minister of Science,
Technology and Tertiary Education, The Honourable
Christine Kangaloo; Minister in the Ministry of
Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, The
Honourable Fitzgerald Jeffrey; Grenadian Minister
in the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and
Culture, The Honourable Arley Gil; and Opposition
Leader, The Honourable Basdeo Panday.
In his opening remarks, Professor Sankat reflected
on the year within the context of the global crises which
emerged in the areas of finance, the environment,
energy and food security.
"While we celebrate this evening, we also embrace
our responsibility as THE regional university,
to prepare collaborative and innovative regional
responses to the global problems of this new age,"
said Professor Sankat, whose welcome address
closed with a strong re-affirmation of the University's
commitment to serve the Caribbean by identifying the
needs of its peoples and championing the execution
of appropriate solutions.
On the heels of Professor Sankat's affirmation,
Professor Gurmohan Kochhar, Chair of the Gala
Black Tie Fundraising Committee, urged all the
University's stakeholders to renew and strengthen their
relationships with the regional institution.
In his tribute to Gala patrons, Professor Kochhar
asserted that it was through its relationships with
regional governments, corporate sponsors, and
individual and institutional supporters, that The
University of the West Indies has become an innovative,


* Final Year Students
prepared for the World of Work

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Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor, UWI (L); Minister of STTE,
The Honourable Christine Kangaloo, Prof. E. Nigel Harris,
Vice Chancellor, UWI; Prof. Clement Sankat,
PVC & Campus Principal, UWI, St. Augustine (R)

Diamond Sponsors each committed
to developing physical infrastructure or
advancing graduate programmes or other
student initiatives to the tune of TT$600,000
or more. The four companies in this category
Republic Bank Limited, the National
Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago
Limited (NGC), Petrotrin, and bp Trinidad
and Tobago (bpTT) have been providing
enthusiastic support to The University for
several years. As an expression of thanks, each
of these long-standing partners was presented
with an original watercolour painting by
celebrated Trinidadian artist Donald 'Jackie'
Emerald sponsors, contributors of
$60,000, included Ansa McAL Limited,
British-American Insurance, First Citizens,
Kee-Chanona Limited, National Lotteries
ControlBoard (NLCB),Trinidad and Tobago
National Petroleum Marketing Company
Limited (NP), RBTT, and the Trinidad and
Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC).
Ruby partners donated gifts of $6,000

internationally competitive, contemporary institution
whose alumni include 14 heads of government, one
Nobel Laureate and countless leaders in industry
across the Caribbean and North America.
The Gala Chair explained, "60 The Gala is not a
'one-off' support venture, but rather, the continuation
of relationships with many longstanding partners of
the University." The event provided three categories of
Strategic Alliance Opportunities Diamond, Emerald
and Ruby.
In an impromptu speech, Professor E. Nigel
Harris, UWI Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the
Central 60th Anniversary Steering Committee also
recognised the yearlong efforts of Mrs. Dawn- Marie
De Four-Gill, University Director of Marketing and
Communications; Ms Joy Pilgrim, Coordinator of
the 60th Anniversary Celebrations Secretariat in the
Office of the Vice Chancellor; and Professor Winston
Mellowes, Chair of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations
Local Organising Committee, St. Augustine.
University Chancellor Sir George Alleyne lauded
the organizers for an excellent evening of elegance
remarking that "there could be perhaps no more fitting
a celebration to bring closure to the year."
Speaking on behalf of The Honourable Patrick
Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago,
Minister Christine Kangaloo, underscored the reason
behind the fundraiser.
"Institutions, unlike men", she said, "may be said
to have merely begun to grow at age 60 and require
more by way of material support to underwrite their
expanding endeavours. So it is with the University: the
older it grows, the greater it becomes and the more
need of our support it requires." Minister Kangaloo
gave the Government's assurance of its commitment
to "the growth and development of The University of
the West Indies."
She also spoke of UWI's reciprocity in its delivery
of commitments. "Sixty years ago," she shared,
"there was the promise of a home-grown, regional
intelligentsia capable of holding its own on the world
stage. Today, there is reality of it."
Entertainment for the evening was provided by
the resident Festival Arts Chorale Ensemble at UWI
St Augustine, the National Steel Orchestra and Liselli
Granwald and was rounded off in true Caribbean style
with an unforgettable performance by Dr. Leroy Caliste
- aka the Black Stalin. After all, black-tie or none, it was
indeed a night for the "Caribbean Man" to party!


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Welcome to our first edition of UWI Today
for 2009! Our regular readers will know that
the past year has been one of much joy and
celebration as we joined with our sister campuses
in commemorating the 60th anniversary of our
regional university. For us on the St. Augustine
campus those celebrations culminated with the
hosting of a gala dinner in December. I wish to
thank those who supported and attended the event
-both individuals, institutions and corporations.
Your contributions will go a long way in funding
new research on the campus.
However, in the midst of our celebration
we have always been mindful of the economic
challenges being experienced around the world
and which threaten our own fortunes here in
the Caribbean. I am particularly proud of the
work carried out by our Faculty of Science and
Agriculture which began the yearwith a verytimely
agricultural exposition that provided practical
information to everyone interested in food
production and security from the professional
farmer to the amateur back-yard gardener. The
Faculty then ended the year with an International
Congress on Tropical Agriculture which focused
on policy issues and the recommendations coming
out of the Congress will be presented shortly.
As we enter this newyear in global atmosphere
of uncertainty and insecurity, we hope that the
effects on our region and our country will be
mild. We wish to assure you, however, that our
institution stands ready to render any assistance
we can to the national and regional community.
This is our purpose and the development of the
people of the Caribbean is our ultimate goal. UWI
is yours! We all need to be prepared.
On that note, on behalf of the UWI, St.
Augustine I wish to thank the Government
and people of Trinidad and Tobago and all
our stakeholders in business, industry and the
institutions for their unwavering support over the
past year and we wish you all a safe, healthy and
prosperous 2009.

Pro Vice Chancellor & Principal

Professor Clement Sankat

Mrs. Dawn Marie De Four-Gill

The UWI Marketing and Communications Office

The UWI Marketing and Communications Office
Tel: (868) 662-2002 exts. 2013, 2014
or email marketing.commmuications@sta.uwi.edu



p arlez-vous

fran ais?


"CARICOM people have to understand that
English is only the third language of the Caribbean,"
says Eric Maitrejean. He's doing the math out loud
for me and his colleague, Dr Beverly-Anne Carter,
to hear. The English-speaking islands taken together
only have about five million people, he says, while the
French and Spanish speakers of the region number
in the tens of millions. It's me he's talking to, though.
Dr Carter needs no convincing, and nods knowingly
without saying a word.

Mr Maitrejean is a French Lecturer in The
University of the West Indies (UWI), Faculty of
Humanities and Education, Department of Liberal
Arts. Dr Carter is Director of the UWI Centre for
Language Learning (CLL). We're in her office on the
CLL first floor, and I'm trying to convince Maitrejean
to remove a picture from his Facebook profile. The
photo-which I wanted to keep as an exclusive for
UWI Today-shows him and Carter moments after
they received a prestigious French national award

Mr Michel Trinquier, French Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago (centre) is flanked by Dr Beverley-Anne Carter and Mr Eric Maitrejean.

at a pretty low-key ceremony held at the French
Ambassador's residence in St. Clair on Friday 5th
December, 2008. Both were honoured by the French
government for their work in the academic field, work
that French Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Mr
Michel Trinquier summarised as "preserving and
encouraging what we consider to be an essential vehicle
for the spread of our culture and our ideas." In the
end, Maitrejean tells me there are only about 100 or so
people on his FB profile anyway, and we all three agree
that in that case it's not that big a deal after all.
The award, known in French as 'Chevalier dans
l'Ordre des Palmes acad6miques' (Knight in the
Order of Academic Laurels) is one of three awards
bestowed on persons who are then entitled to become
members of AMOPA (the Association of Members of
the Order of Academic Laurels). Title holders can rise
to the rank of Officer' and ultimately 'Commander'.
Instituted by French Emperor Napoleon I in 1808,
the awards are conferred on individuals deemed to
have given eminent service in the field of education
and promotion of French language and culture. It
is a very prestigious award, Maitrejean pointed out,
adding that he was deeply honoured, the last time
UWI St Augustine received it was in 1984, when it
was conferred on one Dr Denis Solomon and one
Mr. Randolph Hezekiah, both of whom were French
Lecturers at UWI St Augustine at the time.
In fact, in his reply to the citations delivered by
Ambassador Trinquier, Mr. Maitrejean expressed his
gratitude to Mr. Denis Solomon, whom he called his
"mentor", and to the many others who assisted him
in his personal and professional development. He
also spoke of the deep satisfaction he obtains from
teaching, noting, "I am not a painter, I cannot show
you my work. I am not a musician, I cannot make you
listen to my compositions. The only thing I can show
you are my students."
Mr. Trinquier, French Ambassador to Trinidad,
who presented the award, was no less forthright,
stating that the conferral of the award was a symbol
of the gratitude of the French government "for the
spreading of our language in this country and more
than this, the deepening of relations between Trinidad
and Tobago and France." Trinquier was speaking not
only to the proud awardees but to an attentive audience
that included their smiling families, some of their UWI
colleagues and past students of French at UWI, the
Executive of the French Teachers Association, as well
as a few members of the Alliance Frangaise.
Dr. Carter, when her turn came to speak, focused
not on her research and publications on foreign
language learning, nor on her thirty years' experience
of teaching French, nor indeed on the last seventeen
years at UWI. Instead, she revealed a love story that
started when she was a mere twelve years old, and fell
"head over heels in love with the French language."As
she detailed how great an impact French language and
culture have had on her personal and professional life,
one as left with the impression that French had had a
part to play in all of her richest experiences.
She is not alone. The St Augustine Campus has
also benefited from the generosity of the French
Government, the relationship between the two


"The St Augustine Campus has also benefited from the generosity of the

French Government, the relationship between the two stretching back at least

as far as Trinidad and Tobago's Independence in 1962, when the French Government

began assigning a French Instructor to the St. Augustine Campus."

stretching back at least as far as Trinidad and Tobago's
Independence in 1962, when the French Government
began assigning a French Instructor to the St. Augustine
Campus. (That person's term of duty was the civilian
alternative to the then compulsory military service.)
The French Government has also provided support for
many UWI conferences and events, donated countless
academic prizes, pedagogic and general reading
material, funded the Canal Satellite connection in the
CLL, given courtesy visas to UWI staff and students
for trips to metropolitan France and her overseas
departments, and even given financial assistance for
immersion trips to Guadeloupe. I asked Dr Carter
about French language immersion at UWI.
"The two opportunities for French language
immersion are the Assistantship and the student
exchange," she said. The Assistant programme
gives second and third year BA French students the
opportunity to teach English in a French-speaking
territory for at least one academic year. French students
also benefit from the student exchange programme,
which provides them with the opportunity to travel
to a French-speaking country and enrol in courses
for a period of one semester or one academic year.
Her longstanding involvement in initiatives like these
made Dr Carter a fitting choice for the conferral of the
French teaching award.
For his part, Mr Maitrejean has long been
associated with extra-curricular language promotion

activities, both on and off campus, both during
and beyond 'regular' work hours. When I ask about
his involvement in the UWI Annual Inter-Campus
Foreign Language Theatre Festival, he tells me simply
that he sees himself not as a teacher in the limited,
traditional sense, but more of a motivator, what he calls
'un dclencheur d'intert'. He's dedicated a large part
of his life to broadening the perception of language
learning in the university setting from something
heavily classroom-based to something more human,
more concrete, more organic, more interactive.
"UWI offers a broad umbrella, a full spectrum, in
language learning,' Dr Carter chimes in. "You have the
CLL at one end of the spectrum. CLL affords people
the opportunity that they may not have had at school
to learn French. At the other end of the spectrum,
you have the [BA French] degree programme, which
is geared to someone who has done seven years of
French in secondary school, and who is thinking of
specialising in a career which is language-related."
Dr Carter and Mr Maitrejean do not only represent
two ends of a spectrum, but they also work together
on the Caribbean Interpreting and Translation
Bureau (CITB), one of the most succesful enterprises
undertaken by their Faculty. Dr Carter also chairs
the CITB Steering Committee, while Mr Maitrejean
oversees its day-to-day operations. The CITB was
established by the UWI Faculty of Humanities and
Education in 2005 in response to increasing demands

from the academic community and the business sector.
Since its establishment, the CITB has been able to
capitalise on the local and international opportunities
for the provision of qualified services in translation
and interpreting for several state and private sector
organisations. The Bureau is situated at the CLL, which
is the locus of language services on the St. Augustine
Campus, and which is one of the two buildings on the
St Augustine campus now outfitted with cutting-edge
DIS (Danish Interpretation Systems) equipment, the
preferred simultaneous interpreting apparatus used
by regional and international agencies.
Naturally, the CITB has benefitted from the
number of UWI foreign language students who
graduate each year and who invariably look to the
Bureau as a pathway for professional specialisation.
Students interested in careers in interpreting and
translation now have the additional benefit of the
UWI Postgraduate Diploma in Interpretation, which
recently graduated its first cohort in November 2007,
and received dozens of applications for its September
2008 programme.
As these initiatives expand and student populations
increase, there are new and different challenges
for language professionals like Dr Carter and Mr
Maitrejean. But with so many good things happening
all at the same time, the labour of love must be easier
than ever.

For more information about the BA degree in French or the PG Diploma in Interpretation, please contact Mr Eric Maitrejean, Coordinator, French Language Section,
Department of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI St Augustine at Eric.Maitrejean@sta.uwi.edu or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 2032.

For more information about the other French Language programmes at UWI St Augustine, please contact Mr Regis Kawecki, Coordinator of French,
UWI Centre for Language Learning (CLL), at Regis.Kawecki@sta.uwi.edu or (868) 645 2278.





Three short months before the 5th Summit of the
Americas in Port of Spain, The University of the West
Indies (UWI) St. Augustine hosted a Public Lecture
by Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary-
General of the Organisation of American States (OAS)
analysing this historically unprecedented moment
in hemispheric and global affairs. In the lead-up to
Ambassador Ramdin's lecture, the global economy
continued to reel from financial crisis, America's newly
inaugurated first Black President settled into office
and began to tackle a range of thorny and contentious
issues, and the whole world continued to look on at
the unfolding conflicts in the Middle East.
Titled, 'A New Moment of Change in the Western
Hemisphere: Realities and Opportunities', Ambassador
Ramdin's distinguished lecture took place on Monday
26th January, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Learning
Resource Centre (LRC), UWI St Augustine Campus.
The Public Lecture took a closer look at some of the
factors converging in the background to the landmark
Summit of the Americas.
In his feature address, Ambassador Ramdin
provided a strategic analysis of the geopolitics of the
western hemisphere in the context of current global
challenges. The lecture also included an appraisal of the
fundamental changes taking place in the hemisphere,
and generated discussion on the forthcoming 5th
Summit of the Americas, scheduled to take place
in Port of Spain, from the 17th to 19th April, 2009.
Ramdin also provided some recommendations on
strategic directions for CARICOM.
Ambassador Ramdin, a national of Suriname
and a distinguished Caribbean diplomat, was elected
in June 2005 as OAS Assistant Secretary General.
He previously served as Suriname's Permanent
Representative to the OAS in the late 1990s and
was Adviser to the OAS Secretary General on the

Caribbean, especially Haiti. He has also held senior
office in CARICOM, concentrating on relations with
other regional groupings in the hemisphere, and
in Suriname as advisor on economic, financial and
foreign affairs.
For further information, please contact Ms. Patricia
Sampson at 662-2002 ext. 2084, 2011 or 2038

The University of the West Indies (UWI)
Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (GSB)
successfully launched its first International MBA
(IMBA) Energy Management Specialisation class, on
Tuesday 6th January, 2009. The move to develop an
Energy Specialisation was derived from the explicitly
expressed needs of the energy sector, and other related
stakeholders within the energy sector. To meet this
need, the GSB designed the Energy Management
Specialisation for the existing IMBA programme to
include new skills and competencies which are needed
to sustain and improve the competitiveness of the
energy sector.
The IMBA Energy Management Specialisation
is intended to provide students with the knowledge
required to effectively manage within the oil and gas
industry, as well as to appreciate the technological
evolution and current needs and changes of the
industry. Furthermore, the programme is designed
to expose students to the latest development in the
global energy business environment and develop
a cadre of highly trained energy based business
managers and practitioners in the country and the
wider Caribbean.
Prior to launch of the specialisation, the School
conducted extensive research in order to determine
the avenues which should the focused of the course.
Additionally, specialist inputs were received from
prominent energy sector executives and energy
companies including bpTT and Repsol.


Mrs. Janet Jones presents her Book -'Volunteerism'
to Ms Jeniffer Joseph (L), Ms Erica Williams Connell
and Ms. Kathleen Helenese-Paul, Librarian, Mrs. Jones
previously donated over fifteen volumes of newspaper
clippings on Dr. Eric Williams to the Eric Williams
Memorial Collection (EWMC)

Two lecturers from The University of the West
Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, have been
awarded research grants from the First Caribbean
International Bank (FCIB). These grants were given to
Professor Patrick Watson, Director, Sir Arthur Lewis
Institute of Social & Economic Studies and Dr. Roger
Hosein, Lecturer, Department of Economics.
In a recent press conference, Professor Watson
gave a brief overview of his research entitled "Cross-
Border Equity Flows in the CARICOM region. He
expressed that the principal objective of his work is
to determine the nature and extent of cross-border
trading in the CARICOM region. After completion
Professor Watson's research is intended to produce
recommendations for policy makers.
Dr. Roger Hosein also discussed his current
work on the "Oil Boom: Rebuilding a culture of
Entrepreneurship and the need for micro-financing
in a petroleum rich sub-economy". Hosein presented
empirical data which suggested that the level of
productive agricultural and industrial activity is
much less in areas where the oil industry is present.
He attributed this to people developing a 'handout
mentality' which prevents them from engaging in
entrepreneurial activities. Dr. Hosein intends to provide
prospective solutions and policy recommendations for
these and other related issues.
This initiative from First Caribbean is not
limited to the St. Augustine Campus, but includes the
Mona, Jamaica and Cave Hill, Barbados Campuses.
Collectively, the research grants amassed a total of
Mr. Ian Chinapoo, Managing Director Capital
Markets, FCIB, expressed his company's view"that an
important contribution can be made to Caribbean
development if a research culture is fostered that brings
together the interests of academia and practitioners in
the banking sector."


01: Prof. E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor, The University of the West Indies 02: Dr. Anthony Sabga (R); Mrs. Minerva Sabga 03: (Left to right); Prof Rhoda Reddock, Deput)
05: Mr C. William Iton, University Registrar(L); brother Mr. Wayne Iton, General Manager, The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange 06: The Festival Arts Chorale 07: (R) Mr. Errol McCloud, for
(L); Husband, Artist Rex Dixon 09: Harpist, Liselli Granwald 10: Hillan Morean, Student Guild President, UWI, St. Augustine 11: Prof Clement Sankat, PVC & St. Augustine Campu
Mr. Malcolm Jones, The Petroleum Company of Trinidad & Tobago, Ms. Charmaine Caballero, Republic Bank Limited, Prof. E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor, The University of the West Indies (R)
of Trinidad & Tobago (L) and Ms. Sharon Christopher, First Citizens. 15: Ms. Giselle Thompson, bpTT(L), Prof Clement Sankat PVC & St. Augustine Campus Principal, Mr Azim Ali, Learn
18: Alumni and guests greet each other 19: Honourable Minister of MSTTE, Christine Kangaloo (L); Prof Clement Sankat, PVC & St. Augustine Campus Principal (C); Dr. Rohani Ma]
22: Ms. Catherine Gordon, The National Petroleum Company of Trinidad & Tobago (R) and guest converse 23: Sir George Al

Principal, St. Augustine Campus; Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor, The University of the West Indies 04: The National Steel Orchestra of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
mer President Trinidad and Tobago OWTU; Wife Mrs. McCloud 08: Prof. Patricia Mohammed, Campus Coord. Graduate Studies & Research, Centre for Gender & Development Studies (CGDS)
SPrincipal (L), Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor, The University of the West Indies, Ms. Giselle Thompson, bpTT, Mr. Frank Look Kin, The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago,
12: Dr. Beverly Carter, Director, CLL, UWI, St. Augustine(L); Husband Mr. Bill Carter, former QRC Principal 13: Guest peruse time-line display 14: Mr. Malcolm Jones, The Petroleum Company
ing & Organisation Development Manager, bpTT (R) 16: Ruby Gupta & Friends entertain 17: Mr. Winston Bailey, UWI Bursar and (L) Mrs. Luz Longsworth, Director UWI Open Campus
laraj, Spouse of Professor Sankat 20: Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Basdeo Panday(L); Wife, Mrs. Oma Panday 21: Crossection of Table at '60 The Gala Black-Tie Fundraising Dinner
leyne, Chancellor, The University of the West Indies, gives losing remarks 24: Dr. Leroy'The Black Stalin' Calliste entertains


The recent rise in food prices and the inability of the Caribbean region to effectively respond to such price inflations have created considerable economic
instability and hardship within the region. In response, The University of the West Indies has embarked on a series of initiatives to aid in achieving food
security within the region. For example, the Agritech Expo held last April explored the latest in agricultural technology. From November 30th to December
5th 2008, UWI hosted the Congress on Sustainable Agrifood Systems which investigated the possibilities of developing regional and international responses
to the challenges facing Tropical Agri-food Systems. During the congress, keynote speakers from Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, UK, USA and the
Caribbean discussed global socio-economic issues, foresighting, innovations in production and post-production technologies, and agricultural education
and extension. Professor Umaharan, Professor of Genetics at UWI was the Lead and Co-Chair of the Congress and provides an excerpt from a presentation
on Biofuels made by one of the key presenters, Professor Arthur P. J. Mol.

Biofuel is an all encompassing term referring to
two alternative forms of generating energy from plant
material bioethanol and biodiesel. Bioethanol is
produced from energy crops such as sugarcane, corn
and sorghum, through the sugar fermentation process
or through a chemical process of reacting ethylene with
steam. Biodiesels on the other hand are produced
from a variety of oil crops such as soya, corn, canola,
jatropha or animal fats. These are long chain alkyl
esters produced by transesterisation of vegetable oils.
While biodiesels have become the biofuel of choice in
the European Union, in Brazil and the USA bioethanol
is the major type of biofuel used. Blending ethanol
with gasoline, not only improves the octane rating,
but also oxygenates the fuel, enabling it to burn more

completely thereby reducing polluting emissions.
Ethanol fuel blends are widely sold in the United States.
The most common blend is 10% ethanol and 90%
petrol, which requires no modification to the engine.
Flexible fuel vehicles can run on up to 85% ethanol
and 15% petrol blends. Notably, Brazil has become
a global leader in bioethanol and was exporting 3.4
billion liters of bioethanol in 2006.
Prof. Arthur Mol identifies four major reasons for
the rise in popularity of biofuels as a whole, globally.
The first and foremost is a drive for energy security
triggered by high fuel prices and overall declines in
global oil production. The others include crises in
the rural areas in the OECDs and climate change.
Many countries around the world are aiming at

replacing fossil fuels with biofuels between 5 to 25 %
by 2020, and are providing various kinds of incentives
including market creation, financial support, research
and development spending and some level of
Biofuels on the whole have also created their own
share of controversy. Firstly, there is the question of
environmental and social sustainability of biofuel
production. For instance, the estimates of the
amount of savings in greenhouse emissions through
the replacement of fossil fuels with biofuels varies
depending on the source material and technology
used between -40 to +174%. Biofuels from manures
and forestry residues along with improved technology
have been shown to have the greatest positive impacts.

Fueling a food crisis or fuel for the future?


Furthermore, the production of biofuel
crops can themselves provide an additional
environmental burden, through destruction
of biodiversity, soil deterioration and ground
water pollution. More recently, food price
inflation triggered by the apportionment of
greater proportion of land to biofuel crops has
contributed to a worldwide turmoil with some
countries experiencing food riots. Transfer
of land out of food production has not only
had an impact on food availability and food
security but also negatively affected small
farmers. These have led to questions as to
whether biofuels are socially sustainable.
Biofuels are intrinsically not bad. The
way they are produced is what results in
negative consequences. The global challenge
Professor Mol says is to find a middle ground.
He questions whether biofuels can be made
pro-poor or fair-fuels. He reckons that the
answer would be in the affirmative if a proper
governance system can be put in place for fair
fuels. Although an appropriate governance
system to encourage fair fuels in necessary, he
admits that global governance of this would be
rather complex. Firstly, biofuels are intimately
connected with food security, energy security
and transportation issues, which themselves
are intrinsically interwoven issues. Hence
the priority a country places on biofuels is a
complex decision, and may vary from country
to country. Secondly, it involves multiple
actors at multiple scales, involving multiple
sources of authority and multiple sources of
information. The governance system should
have several tiers, some principles addressed
at the global level, while the others at regional
and national levels, with a role for the private
sector. At the global level one may have to

decide what kind of global good does the technology bring?
What production conditionalities are required to achieve
this good? Will national subsidies be allowed? How will
production be organized? At the regional or national
level, standards and directives should be developed. The
producers can also become part of the governance process
by being part of round tables at global, regional or national
levels. Prof. Mol also reiterates the role of consumers or
consumer groups that can legitimize fair fuels, organize
fair product chains or govern by their wallet through
consumer education.
There is general consensus however, according to
Prof Mol, that biofuels should move from first generation


production technology which is crop based to second
generation technologies which would be waste and ligno-
cellulose-based, and ultimately to organic solar cells and
algae based technologies, regarded as third generation
technologies. Many of these are already in various stages
of experimentation. Funding these initiatives will depend
on how quickly the technology can move to the third
generation. Prof Mol concludes that until we arrive at
the third generation technologies, a governance system,
however complex it maybe, should be devised to encourage
the development of biofuels, so that biofuels can continue
to address the energy needs of the world while not adversely
affecting the environmental and social sustainability.



Prof. Arthur P. J. Mol is Professor of
Environmental Policy, Department of
Social Sciences, Wageningen University,
The Netherlands. His research interests
are in social theory and the environment,
globalization, informational governance,
greening production and consumption, and
environment and development. His latest
books include: Environmental Governance
in China (edited together with Neil Carter;
Routledge, 2007). Partnerships, Governance
and Sustainable Development. Reflections
on theory and practice (edited together with
Pieter Glasbergen and Frank Biermann;
Edward Elgar, 2007) and Environmental
Reform in the Information Age. The
contours of informational governance
(Cambridge UP, 2008)


As they prepare to enter the professional world,
emerging graduates of the St. Augustine Campus of
The University of the West Indies (UWI) will benefit
from the experience and wisdom of Giselle Laronde-
West, Public Relations Manager, Angostura and Derek
Chin, Chairman, MovieTowne. Mrs Laronde-West
and Mr Chin will each deliver a feature address at this
year's installment of the World of Work 2009 (WOW)
Seminar. WOW 2009 is an annual UWI programme
designed to equip final-year UWI students with the
necessary tools for long-term success in the globalised
work environment.
Mrs. Laronde-West, who is also President of the
Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of the International
Association of Business Communicators (IABC), will
speak on'Navigating the Interview', while Mr. Chin will
deliver a presentation on'The Entrepreneurial Mindset'.
The WOW Seminar will take place at the UWI Sport
and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) on February 7th
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The WOW Seminar has
emerged as one of the most highly anticipated events on
the annual WOW calendar.
For the third consecutive year, the WOW programme
is being fully sponsored by Republic Bank Limited
(RBL). The Branch Sales Manager of the Republic Bank
Limited (RBL), UWI St Augustine Campus, will deliver a

motivational address to the students. WOW 2009 is being
organised in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago
Chapter of the UWI Alumni Association (UWIAA).
Mr. James Richardson, UWIAA President, will deliver
closing remarks.
WOW 2009 activities begin on Thursday 5th
February and continue until March 13th, 2009, all taking
place at the UWI SPEC. Each component of the WOW
2009 programme is specifically intended to develop a
targeted skill set. The programme opens with the Resume
Writing Workshop conducted by Lara Quentrall-Thomas,
CEO of Regency Recruitment, to be held on February 5th
from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Mrs Quentrall-Thomas will teach
participants how to make their resumes more competitive
in the global job market.
Next, on February 12th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.,
Catherine Gordon and Renata Tulsie will share with the
students some invaluable tips on workplace protocol, in a
session on Professional Etiquette, a relatively new addition
to the WOW programme. Then, from February 28th to
March 7th, dozens of local and regional organizations
will be represented at the WOW Mock Interviews. These
sessions, which run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., allow
each student to practice their interview skills with real
business professionals. The fifth and final element of
the WOW programme is the highly anticipated annual

WOW Recruitment Fair, which this year takes place
from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March llth through
13th. The Recruitment Fair will showcase companies
and organisations from a variety of fields who will recruit
students for either vacation or graduate employment. The
Recruitment Fair will take place over three days with one
day open to all returning students and the remaining two
days restricted to final-year students.
Since its inception over ten years ago, WOW has
attracted an increasing number of participants. More
than 1150 final year students participated in WOW 2008,
as compared to 850 in 2006. Many local, regional and
international companies have participated in previous
installations of this highly anticipated annual event,
and this year promises an even greater participation
from companies based in CARICOM territories. Over
50 companies and organisations from a wide variety
of fields will once again be invited to recruit students
for either vacation or graduate employment. Interested
companies are asked to contact the Student Advisory
Services, UWI.
The University is inviting final-year students
to register for WOW 2009. Registration runs from
Wednesday 28th January to Wednesday 4th February,

"Many local, regional and international companies have participated in previous installations

of this highly anticipated annual event, and this year promises an even greater participation

from companies based in CARICOM territories"

For further information, contact Mr. Chandar Gupta Supersad, UWI Student Advisory Services at (868) 662 2002 Ext. 2360,
or Ms. Sabrina Pierre 662-2002 Ext. 2325, or Ms. Fleur Edwards 662-2002 Ext. 4187, or Marva Belfast 662-202 Ext. 2098.








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Actor Danny Glover, Bermuda Premier Dr. Ewart
Brown and Macy's were among the list of honorees for the
12th Annual Fundraising Gala of theAmerican Foundation
for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI). This event,
under the honorary patronage of HarryBelafonte, was held
on Thursday 29th January, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at The Pierre
hotel in New York City, USA.
This year's recipient of The University of the West Indies
Bob Marley Award was UN Ambassador Danny Glover.
This honor is granted to individuals whose contribution to
the advancement of arts and culture transcends boundaries
of race, color, creed and geographies, uniting people
throughout the world in a spirit that embodies the essence
of the music and lyrics of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley,
Sir Courtney Blackman, founding Governor of the
Central Bank of Barbados and vice-chairman of the Stanford
International Bank, was presented with the Foundation's
Special Award. Sir Courtney, who is also a former Chairman
of the AFUWI, was honored for his outstanding contribution
to the Foundation as well as to the growth and development
of the financial industry of the Caribbean region.

Department store Macy's received the Corporate Award
at this event, while the 2009 Luminary Award recipients
included Dr. Answorth Allen, Dr. Ewart Brown, Hon. Helen
Marshall, Dr. Muriel Petioni and Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus.
The Vice Chancellor Achievement awardees were Joi Gordon,
Andrew Gray, Jerome Maxwell, Dr. Bert Petersen and Voza
Rivers. Veronica Campbell-Brown, 2008 double Olympic
Gold medalist, was also on hand to receive the Foundation's
tribute to the superb performance of Caribbean athletes at
the recent Summer Olympics in Beijing.
My9 Co Anchor Brenda Blackmon, CNN Anchor
Soledad O'Brien and WCBS News Anchor Maurice Dubois,
all of whom generously donated their talent in support of
the Foundation's effort to secure funds for scholarships
and grants for needy students of The University of the
West Indies, will host the black tie gala. A silent auction
was included in the evening's program and featured items
donated by local businesses and members of the public.


The American Foundation fortheUniversityof
the West Indies (AFUWI) is a 501 (c) (3) charitable
organization, with a mission to raise funds in the
United States to enhance higher education at The
University of the West Indies (UWI). The AFUWI
is a registered US charity and all donations are tax
deductible to the full extent of state and federal

laws. In supporting the UWI, the AFUWI continues notable individuals who represent high levels of
to enhance the University's ability to play a pivotal role achievement within their respective fields of industry
in preparing individuals for continued Caribbean and and enterprise. There are three award categories:
global thought leadership. Caribbean Luminary, The Vice Chancellor's
The Annual Gala is the AFUWI's premier Achievement Award and The University of the West
fundraising event in the United States. At this Gala Indies Bob Marley Award.
the prestigious Legacy Awards are conferred on

hst s nly from Trinidad & Tobago and the
Carithbb but also from North America, Europe, atbod
,icaibean d Asia, the cosmopoitan t o
makes for an interesting cultural mix



With over 70 programme offerings, and the
opportunity to mix and match majors and
minors across faculties, you can be sure to
find just the right courses to suit your style.


At UWI, scholars who are at the forefront of their fields
guide you, nd have access to a wide range of
academic and social facilities especially developed to make
life easier for you.





World of Work 2009
The University of the West Indies (UWI), St.
Augustine, in conjunction with Republic Bank
Limited, will host the annual World of Work
programme (WOW 2009) at the UWI Sport
and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) from
February 4th to March 13th, 2009. Registration:
Wednesday 28th January to Wednesday 4th
February, 2009.

WOW 2009 will include five main events,
as follows:

5th February 1:30 3:00 p.m.

7th February
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

12th February
1:00 3:00 p.m.

28th February & 7th March
9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

1 th 13th March
9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

For further information,
contact Mr. Chandar Gupta Supersad,
UWI Student Advisory Services at
(868) 662 2002 Ext. 2360
or Ms. Sabrina Pierre Ext. 2325.

First International Criminology
Conference: Developing a
Caribbean Criminology
April 8th 9th 2009
The Criminology Unit of the Faculty of
Social Sciences will host its first conference
at the Institute of Critical Thinking on The
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Papers and Panels are invited for the following
* Gender based violence in the Caribbean
* Youth Crime and Juvenile Delinquency
* Theorizing Caribbean Criminal Justice
SCorporate Crime and State Corruption in
the Caribbean
SDrugs, Guns, Sex and Human Trafficking
in the Caribbean
* Developing a Caribbean Criminology

The deadline for submission of abstracts is
February 10th 2009
Deadline for registration: March 16th 2009

Further information can be obtained from the
Criminology Unit Office,
St. Augustine Campus, UWI.
Tel: (868) 662-2002 ext. 3353, 3913
Fax: (868) 662-0718
Email: CaribCrim.Network@sta.uwi.edu
Website: http://sta.uwi.edu/fss/criminology/


For tickets to this premier event, please
contact: UWI School: 662-4832;
Michele: 720-2702; Randall: 704-1909;
Andrea: 461-5500; Jewel: 752-9183


I learn2009

E-learn Conference 2009
Call for Papers
8th- 11th June
Elearn 2009 Conference hosted by the University
of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus will
be held at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain
from June 8th to 11th, 2009. The 2009
conference comes ten years after the Educational
Technology conference held by the University in
March 1999. Elearn 2009 will provide a forum
for to showcase progress, understanding and
creativity in using technologies in action in
classrooms and libraries. Feature presenters
include Martin Dougiamas, Moodle Founder
and Lead Developer and Brian Copeland, Dean
& Professor Faculty of Engineering, UWI, St.
Augustine Campus. All interested persons
are invited to submit proposals for papers,
panels, workshops, posters/demonstrations
and corporate showcases/demos. The deadline
for submission of proposals is February 19th,

For further information
please call (868) 662-2002
Ext. 3985, 2611, 2214
email elearn@sta.uwi.edu
or visit: http://elearn2009.com

Resurrecting Implementation Studies:
Problems, Issues, Solutions
19th 20th March, 2009
The study of implementation is slowly
returning on the agenda of Public Sector
Management and Government. There is
increasing concern with the failures of
implementation programmers and with
looming recessionary trends the world over,
it is to be expected that implementation
studies will be given a new lease of life. Among
other things, this international conference
will address: The links that connect policy to
ultimate outcomes; The role of leadership;
A well thought-out cost-benefit analysis of
various strategies; Designing a set of controls
and monitoring mechanisms; The role of
NGOs in the implementation process.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts
is 26th February 2009.

For further information
contact the Governance Unit of the Faculty of
Social Sciences at 662-2002 ext 2539 or 2617
or visit http://sta.uwi.edu/conferences/09/

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