Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 1st 2015 Contents 4 UWI TODAY – SUNDAY 1ST FEBRUARY, 2015
The annual World of Work (WOW) programme kicked off
this year with a “Resume Writing Workshop” on January 29
at the Daaga Auditorium, and a lot more is to follow.
The initiative is done by The UWI, St. Augustine Campus
in collaboration with Republic Bank Ltd and prepares
final-year students for the world of work by providing
training in key areas such as writing resumes, preparing
for interviews, dressing for success, financial planning,
networking and taking part in mock interviews with real
professionals, including UWI alumni. Past presenters
include: Karel McIntosh, Lead Communications Trainer
for the Livewired Group and Catherine Gordon, Image,
Etiquette & International Protocol Consultant/Trainer who
will also be a presenter in this year’s programme.
Students have already learned about resume writing
through workshops that have been running since October
2014. They will gain knowledge on the art of interpersonal
communication and non-verbal cues in the “Interview
Preparation/Networking Theory. Another highlight is the
Interview Preparation workshop, which will take place on
February 5. This will help them gain a competitive edge
during future job searches.
Best Practice in
The UWI is to host a regional higher education
conference to address the institutionalisation of best
practice in the small island developing states of the
Caribbean. Scheduled for June 24 to 26, 2015 and
organised by The UWI’s Quality Assurance Unit and
Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the
conference aims at sharing ways of infusing best practice
principles in the management and administration of
higher education institutions.
Professor Alan Cobley, UWI’s Pro Vice-Chancellor
for Undergraduate Studies, noted “a proliferation of
providers of tertiary education for Caribbean people,
whether in face-to-face or online modes. This has
been driven partly by the growing developmental
needs of the region and our people, and partly by the
involvement of the region. Yet quality assurance in
higher education is still in its formative stages and, in
that sense, unfinished business for the region.”
During the three-day conference at UWI’s St
Augustine Campus, therefore, higher education
professionals and other stakeholders will explore
strategies for embedding best practice principles in
institutional systems, processes and procedures, in
support of institutional transformation and the pursuit
of excellence. Areas of challenge currently facing the
Caribbean higher education sector will be the focus.
Day one will deal with “Context and Its Impact on Best
Practice”, day two, “Best Practice, Good Practice, & and
Promising Practice Identifying the Evidence” and day
three, “Strategies for Institutionalising Best Practice in
Higher Education Institutions”.
Interested persons can log onto
for further information.
It is about “innovating the development model for
Caribbean agriculture,” says the implemental agreement
that followed the MOU signed between The UWI and
China Agricultural University on the Development of
the UWI-CAU Agricultural Innovation Park.
“In order to further develop agricultural education,
research, experimentation and demonstration in
agriculture, the Parties will test new varieties, facilities,
equipment, technologies, concepts and models at
the Park. The Parties will also demonstrate cropping
patterns and production flows of distinctive crops
currently cultivated in Trinidad and Tobago,” says the
This agreement, which was signed on December
10, 2104, followed the February signing of the MoU
which was witnessed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, and Mr Wang Ying, Director General,
Department of International Cooperation, of the
Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of
The Innovation Park is planned to be established
on 200 acres of land at Orange Grove, and is expected
to be partitioned into seven areas: Technology service,
horticulture, aquatic production, mini zoo, leisure and
recreation and commercial entertainment.
The agreement also covers collaboration between
the parties in training graduate students at the master
and doctoral levels, and work on the possibility of
the award of joint or doube degrees to the successful
candidates through a split-site engagement.
The December agreement was signed by Professor
K.E. Bingsheng, President of the China Agricultural
University and Professor Clement Sankat, Principal of
The UWI St. Augustine Campus.
Noor Hassanali on Campus
The Faculty of Law’s auditorium at the St. Augustine Campus
was officially renamed “The Noor Hassanali Auditorium,” after
the second President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
(1987-1997) on January 20, 2015 at the Faculty of Law.
The decision to honour former President Hassanali’s storied
contribution to not only The UWI, but also the history of Trinidad
and Tobago was cemented in June 2012 during an Academic
Board meeting. His widow, Zalayhar Hassanali unveiled the
commemorative plaque in the presence of the Dean of the Faculty
of Law, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine and Pro Vice-Chancellor and
Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat.
The WOW 2015 Seminar will take place on February
7 and feature presentations facilitated by Republic Bank
Limited. At this event, prizes will be awarded to students
who pay keen attention and are able to answer specific
questions on the presentations.
Students will also be given the opportunity to fine-tune
their interview skills with business professionals and obtain
valuable feedback at Mock Interviews. These interviews
continue on February 28 and March 14, at the UWI Sport
and Physical Education Centre (SPEC). This final session is
designed specifically for students of the Faculties of Social
Sciences, and Humanities and Education.
On March 19, the VIP Cocktail Reception will take
place. This will give students a chance to network effectively
by making connections and building enduring, mutually
beneficial relationships geared towards going beyond self-
promotion and fostering mentorship.
On March 26 and 27, a Recruitment Fair will be held for
all returning students and final-year graduating students.
WOW – Preparing for the Interview
For more information, please call Student Advisory Services at 662-2002 ext. 82360.
SUNDAY 1ST FEBRUARY, 2015 – UWI TODAY 21
deep Caribbean grounding that I needed to complete
such an ambitious doctoral project. I was given the
opportunity to participate in regional conferences
such as the West Indian Literature Conference at
the Mona campus, and I was also fully involved in
graduate activities such as the SEPHIS seminar in
Jamaica. Meeting graduate students and scholars from
all UWI campuses during these events has allowed
me to confront my research findings and to widen my
perspectives in terms of methodology and theoretical
How did spending time between two universities in
two completely different environments work out?
MM: Spending time between two different universities has
tremendously enriched my doctoral work. My time at
the Sorbonne has allowed me to develop my research
methods and reinforce my writing and communication
skills by submitting articles and book chapters to
scholarly editors. My numerous connections with
my sense of feminist and postcolonial theories.
My time at UWI has represented an invaluable input
because the numerous seminars, graduate courses,
conferences and discussions with UWI scholars have
constantly incited me to dig into “Caribbeanness” and
identity. My knowledge of African cosmology,
Caribbean poetics overall has truly expanded and my
doctoral dissertation is the result of this collaboration
between two strong academic communities. In fact,
my work proposes a boundless examination as it
goes beyond genre through its inclusion of a variety
of prose and poetry works, and beyond space as it
does not limit the selection of authors to one location
and transcends the traditional emphasis on the USA.
It is also transversal as it allows literature, discourse,
overlap and resonate.
What would you say were the best moments
and the worst?
MM: Among my best moments were my meetings with
writers, first Olive Senior whom I met in Paris at the
international conference “Voice and Vision” organised
by Marta Dvorak, and secondly, M. NourbeSe Philip
all the writers of my selected corpus, interviews
with Senior and Philip allowed me to get a better
grasp of these two authors’ strategies and expanded
my research perspectives. Meeting Caribbean
authors through events organised by the university
represented a major asset as I had the chance to
hear Philip read from her latest poetry book at a UWI
literary event, to attend a full creative writing seminar
with Olive Senior at the Sorbonne and to have long
discussions with Lorna Goodison at Mona, at the 2010
West Indian Literature Conference.
Among the most stimulating moments were also
some of the UWI graduate courses, more particularly
Dr Jean Antoine’s class Caribbean Poetics, out of
which I would come out, every Thursday evening, with
a wealth of new ideas and theoretical frameworks
to investigate. Meeting prominent scholars in
my research field has also represented a series of
invaluable opportunities, more particularly meeting
Professor Myriam Chancy in Louisiana at the African
Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Conference,
and Professor Benedict Ledent in Paris and in Liege...
If I were to think about the worst moments, I would
surely cite the stressful organisation of the printing/
binding of the thesis following the two universities’
respective requirements and the multiple copies of
the thesis to be submitted at the Sorbonne and UWI,
but this was just final stage stress!
The graduate seminars I had to deliver were among
the best and worst moments of my UWI experience.
Presenting the progress of my work in front of the
UWI community was such a challenge to me that fear
and excitement intermingled every time I had to go
through this process. While my first graduate seminar
was enriching and allowed me to give more focus
to my research project, I do keep quite a stressful
memory of my final seminar, during which I ended
up submerged by anxiety to quite a ridiculous extent.
The tears I desperately tried to hide on that occasion,
and the many tears I have shed during my doctoral
studentship can be considered the fluid embodiments
of my worst memories, but I guess every doctoral
student goes through moments of crisis and doubt.
I must admit that I keep an extremely positive overall
memory of my joint degree at the Sorbonne and
UWI. Among my very best moments is definitely the
thesis defence which was organised at the Sorbonne
Elaborating on questions and comments from jury
members, explaining my research findings and
discussing my doctoral work for over three hours
represented the most challenging and fulfilling
moments to me. At some point, I felt that I should
have been presenting my work being physically
present on the other side, at St Augustine campus,
among UWI scholars. Beyond my status as a shared
PhD student and the fact that the Sorbonne was my
university of origin, I feel that I belong as much to the
UWI and I genuinely wish to be considered as a full
UWI graduate, which I am of course!
Martinique is your celebrated French Caribbean home.
How did you come to attend UWI St Augustine and what
was the transition like?
MM: Martinique is indeed my celebrated French Caribbean
home, but the transition with Trinidad was a smooth
one. I always joke with my Trinidadian friends telling
them that I could easily be taken for a Trinidadian
as long as I keep quiet, and they all agree! We have
shared so much and learned a lot from each other
and I must say that I now consider Trinidad as an
alternative home. Whenever I come to Trinidad, I
now feel at home and as Jamaican poet Olive Senior
writes: “home is a place where there is a condition of
resonance, or sound returned; that is, a place where
you speak to a community and it speaks back to you”
(Over the Roofs of the World, 2005). Thanks to the UWI
community, I have explored new places, new cultures,
new resonances, new sounds, new discourses, and
writing this doctoral thesis was definitely not the
lonely experience it could have been.
What are you doing now in Martinique?
MM: I am now a lecturing Fellow and International
Relations Coordinator at the College of Education of
Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique.
My duties include lecturing Master’s of Education
students and supervising their theses, my main
courses are at the postgraduate level: Textual Analysis
and Pedagogy, Anglophone Cultures: Texts and
Images, Research Methodology. My duties also include
coordinating international projects, liaising with
international Ministries of Education and mentoring
newly qualified teachers.
Last year, I travelled with my Master’s students to
Barbados and they had the opportunity to explore the
Cave Hill campus and its School of Education, as well
as observe primary school classes. I am interested in
developing regional cooperation between Martinique,
Guadeloupe and the Anglophone Caribbean islands,
more specifically through the UWI campuses.
I have many projects in mind but for 2015, I would like
to focus on a new research project as well as seeking
opportunities to publish my doctoral work. Besides, I
have applied for postdoctoral positions in Caribbean
Studies in North America, so I am hoping to be
recruited, fingers crossed!
How do you feel this experience has changed your life?
MM: This joint doctoral degree has truly changed my life
because it has widened my perspectives and has
contributed to my seeing things through both local
and global lenses. I am proud to be a UWI graduate
and attending the graduation ceremony with my
family was an amazing moment for me! Being a UWI
graduate makes me feel more fully Caribbean, and I
now seek to develop comparative research projects
between Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean
Myriam Moise with Olive Senior at the Sorbonne, Voice and Vision Conference in 2010.
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