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Nursing and Allied Health. This is the county's rst public facility dedicated exclusively to
the education of nurses. This in itself has been a milestone achievement; one that presents
the model of a strategic partnership between The UWI and a key stakeholder (Government
of T &T) to expedite a response to addressing a pressing societal need.
As many other higher educational institutions throughout the world has done,
The UWI St. Augustine Campus, has applied an integrated technology into the rubric
of 'Futurizing' our Teaching and Learning. To accomplish this, the Blended Learning
team (as they are referred to) conducted 26 workshops - a 40% increase over the previous
reporting year, and 21 blended learning clinics which represents an exponential increase
from 5 clinics in the previous year. Two pilot programmes were implemented, namely, the
Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management and the Diploma in Management of HIV
Infection. These inaugural steps would certainly pave the way for the adaption of many
other applicable programmes o ered at The UWI. It will also ensure a reliable and e ective
approach to expanding our resources to meet the growing numbers in student enrolment
at the St. Augustine Campus. Initiatives such as these further reinforce our primary focus
to continuously enhance the educational curriculum and journey, and by extension the
entire experience for both our students and academic sta . The role of our students at
one stage being compared to vital cogs in the process, but inevitably, at another stage,
being transitioned as products of the process themselves; a process that has been re ned
by constant vigilance, attention and innovation over the years.
Student Engagement, Development & Outreach
In any world-rated higher education institution, it is paramount to recognize and
treat with in a deliberate, de nitive and comprehensive manner, a student service support
system that provides a coordinated timely response to Student needs. This is being realized
through the Deputy Principal's implementation of the change management process for the
integration and expansion of the student services system on a whole, at the St. Augustine
Campus. This is currently a work in progress. The restructuring process will allow for a
coordinated response to student needs. Speci c attention to these needs will in uence
and determine the success of our pupils and unescapably the overall value of our higher
learning institution; where both components are inextricably linked.
The Smart Start programme, Co-curricular courses and the Entrepreneurship Boot
Camp are just a couple examples of unique programmes our Campus continue to o er
for the development of our students. The 'Smart start programme' is the latest initiative
introduced by Student Advisory Services in collaboration with the Admissions Department.
It is a pre-orientation programme to assist nationals who have applied to The University
of the West Indies to get to know the institution to which they have applied. The physical,
social and academic environment here at The UWI, for many prospective students can
appear to be intimidating, in comparison to what they have been accustomed with in
high school. This orientation brings clarity and a more in-depth understanding of the
many areas of study available to them. It has proven to be a successful tool in taking
students through the decision making exercise, while nalizing their choice of a higher
level educational institution.
The Co-curricular programmes in particular has seen a 43% increase in student
enrolment with more than 1,000 students enrolled in these programmes for the academic
year under review. This is indeed testimony to the value of demonstrating attentiveness
to the needs of our students. Providing the correct advice and guidance to our students
goes a very long way. This approach is intrinsic in our ideology at The UWI St. Augustine
Campus, to foster a conducive environment for learning.
The Entrepreneurship Boot Camp initiative is continuously proving its value,
established as a result of a strategic partnership between The UWI, the National
Entrepreneurship Development Company (NEDCO) and the Entrepreneurial Training
Institute and Incubation Centre (ETIIC). Forging strategic partnerships is pivotal in being
able to grow our resources, enhance our capabilities and create relevance and impact in
the external worlds of business and industry among other areas.
We as a university must always nd ways to demonstrate our signi cance and
encourage symbiotic arrangements that bring satisfaction and bene ts to all our
contributing stakeholders. The UWI moved closer to accomplishing this goal by further
engaging the private sector, as we signed an MOU with ANSA McAL Limited to construct
the Anthony N. Sabga Building. A building to be located at The UWI St. Augustine Campus
which will be dedicated in the rst instance to housing the Guardian Media School
of Journalism, the Anthony N. Sabga School of Entrepreneurship and the ANSA McAL
Psychological Research Centre. The mutual bene ts derived from this project will bolster
our knowledge base and strengthen our ties with the business sector. More importantly, it
will open new doors and opportunities, as we further develop this model of Private Sector,
higher education, and commercialization.
The name ROYTEC has become a household one in Trinidad and Tobago when one
thinks of higher education. This well-known educational brand has now been given by
RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited to The UWI St Augustine Campus. This established
Trademark Assignment, will now form part of the many reputable programmes o ered at
The UWI St. Augustine Campus. The bene ts of this new arrangement will be enormous, as
we at The UWI will continue to show our commitment, as we build on the already strong
foundation of ROYTEC, as we create new avenues for the School. Our underlying intention
would be to make it even more relevant and responsive, with new programmes that would
extend important services to the people of our country and region.
Another exciting project to look forward to is the expansion of The UWI Arthur
Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB). This institution has over the years
established itself as the leading school of graduate level management studies in this region.
Being already strategically placed, the expansion will see the occupation of land at the back
of the campus at Mt. Hope, where a two story building comprising over 28,000 sq. ft. will
be erected. This has become necessary because of the rapid growth of the programmes
being o ered in response to the escalating student demands.
Over the recent years the St. Augustine campus has seen a considerable increase in
hosting visitors; individuals and groups; some coming from as far as China, the Middle East
and Europe. The St. Augustine Campus Enterprises Co. Ltd. (SACEL): currently has under
Entrepreneurship Boot Camp winners: From left: Sean Aberdeen, Timothy McIntosh,
4th place winner Richard Chase and Terrance Glenn
Mr. A. Norman Sabga -- Chairman and Chief Executive of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies (left)
and Mr. Grenfell Kissoon- Chairman of Guardian Media Ltd. (right) look on as Mr. Anthony N Sabga
LLD (h.c.) -- ANSA McAL's Chairman Emeritus and Professor Sankat sign the MOU for the construction
of the Anthony N. Sabga School of Entrepreneurship and the Guardian Media School of Journalism.
Principal Sankat receives ROYTEC Trade Name from Mr. Suresh Sookoo, CEO, Caribbean Banking,
RBC as Campus Registrar, Mr Richard Saunders looks on.
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