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The Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago invites citizens to apply for
financial assistance pursuing post-secondary or undergraduate studies.
resident of any other country.
tertiary level institution.
GPA of 2.00 if they have been enrolled in the
programme of study for more than one academic year.
NOT hold a previous bachelor's degree.
MUST be accredited by the Accreditation
Council of Trinidad of Tobago (ACTT).
institutions provided that:
relevant to the current development needs of the country
provide supplementary financial support in circumstances of need and
is not intended to be a student's main source of funding and is a ONE
TIME ONLY assistance:
MUST BE at the post-secondary or
Trinidad and Tobago are not eligible for funding under this
with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and sign an undertak-
ing to serve and undertake employment within Trinidad and
Tobago for a period as determined by the agreement upon
successful completion of the programme of study.
with a duration of nine (9) months and over.
6. Approved financial assistance is non-transferable to another
programme of study or academic institution.
Committee shall accord priority to applicants undertaking studies
undertaking studies in areas identified as a high priority for
publish the names of applicants selected for financial assistance.
Applicants must consider and accept the terms and conditions of
the financial assistance being provided.
official visit to the applicant's home to verify information.
Applicants are assessed based on the following:
expenditure and commitments.
to pursue the programme of study.
financial assistance please visit the
Application forms can also be collected at:
APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOT TO BE COPIED.
LATE APPLICATIONS, AS WELL AS INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS,
WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
There has never been any shortage
of televised space operas, but right
from the start, there was something
very special and compelling about
Gene Roddenberry s Star Trek.
The new show seemed to be just
a slightly upscale Flash Gordon adven-
ture set in space with a hearty helping
of the cowboy frolics that were pop-
ular at the time, but Roddenberry
quietly dared to be different.
His Star Trek did something quite
remarkable. It put intelligence in
charge of emotion and equality and
mutual respect front and centre on
At the heart of this rather rebellious
concept sat the (mostly) implacable
Mr Spock, played by the serenely
capable actor Leonard Nimoy.
Mr Nimoy died last week, and the
83-year-old actor went out buoyed
by technology, his last tweet a
poignant reminder of all the technol-
ogy that he inadvertently inspired.
There is every likelihood that the
development of technology might
have proceeded in exactly the same
way had there been no Star Trek, but
would the legions of today s technol-
ogists have rallied quite so decisively
behind nerdiness had they grown to
manhood without the amazing cool
of Spock as a benchmark?
Sulu might have wielded a mean
rapier and Kirk was fashionably handy
with his fists, but Nimoy pulled off
the gentle, and it must be admitted,
somewhat girly for its time, "nerve
pinch" with elan.
While everyone else was working
up a vigorous sweat on the set, there
stood Spock, usually just out of sight,
disabling big, hardback men with a
firm touch on the shoulder.
This was weaponised intellect and
the triumph of knowledge over exu-
berance and muscle.
How could this lesson possibly be
lost on a generation of thinkers?
Spock might have been a co-star
on the show, but for anyone keen to
really understand and appreciate what
Gene Roddenberry had worked so
hard to create, Nimoy was at the cen-
tre of the show s ideals.
It s no surprise that the background
of this fascinating (there s that word)
character would provide such grist
for the show s writers.
Born a half-breed human and raised
on Vulcan, this was a character given
a double helping of the emotions the
culture of that planet worked hard to
suppress and control from birth.
An alien to all, he was the most
recognisably human character in the
cast. Working with a role that had no
stereotypical anchor points, he created
something sui generis, a person inter-
acting with cutouts.
Star Trek became greater for it, as
his colleagues worked to shape more
depth and dimension into their roles.
You can actually watch it happen
to DeForest Kelley s Dr McCoy if you
watch the episodes in shooting order
instead of the broadcast schedule.
Nimoy s work in crafting a character
riddled with internal conflict yet
showing none of it, struck a resonant
chord with shy, thoughtful, deeply
Here was a man who met argu-
ments with cool logic, fought with
his fingertips and engaged in laconic
repartee that would make Ingrid
To this day, I meet unusual situ-
ations or particularly silly statements
with an arched eyebrow that can be
traced right back to the first airings
of Star Trek in black and white on
TTT in T&T.
And girls? Was there ever anything
like Pon Farr in our faltering efforts
to impress lovely women?
I learned to control a fierce temper
by practicing Nimoy s flinty reserve
and unflinching eye. If Spock could
get through an hour s worth of
McCoy s needling and Kirk s mad-
dening bravura, I could weather the
unrelenting idiocy of the wilfully igno-
In the outpourings of love and grat-
itude that have accompanied his pass-
ing is the finest salute of all that can
be paid to an actor.
His was work that informed our
understanding of humanity and
inspired all who admired it to try
harder in our own performances on
the stage of life.
Je suis Spock
In an age of fisticuffs,
Spock made the
subtle nerve pinch
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