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INDUCTION CEREMONY FOR PROFESSOR BRIAN COPELAND AS ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS PRINCIPAL, JULY 8, 2017
I am told these installation addresses are for the world to
learn about the new Principal and to get a glimpse of the path
the University will traverse during their stewardship. I would
like to show how my life’s journey has influenced the vision
I have been sharing with UWI colleagues for the past year.
I was born on St. Vincent Street in the lovely southern
city of San Fernando. My parents were Ellingsworth
Copeland, better known as Mack Copeland, and Eudine
Forde-Copeland. My father ended his long career as a fire
officer as Chief of Fire Services. My mother was a nurse
who spent her years at the San Fernando General Hospital,
eventually retiring as Junior Matron.
My father was also a carnival bandleader of no small
acclaim, having won Band of the Year in San Fernando for
five consecutive years. I have yet to hear anyone dispute his
claim that he pioneered the use of those enormous costumes
that are now commonplace.
In those early years, our home was his band headquarters
or mas’ camp as Trinbagonians call it. As a child, I saw
vignettes of the early civilizations of Central and South
America, native North Americans, the Vikings, the Court
of Queen Elizabeth I, the tribes of Africa, creatures and
characters from Greek mythology and the Assyrian Empire
of King Nebuchadnezzar come to life before my fascinated
eyes. I saw their iconic shapes crafted out of wire and steel,
BY PROFESSOR BRIAN COPELAND
wood, cloth, sequins, hammered copper and aluminum,
paper and papier mâché. I saw art transformed from my
father’s Egyptian-like drawings to fully animated real-life
One can begin to understand who I am by imagining
the impact of this rich experience on a boy still of primary
school age. Until about 7 years ago I did not fully appreciate
the impact of those early years on my being.
I have always considered myself a Caribbean, born on
the island of Trinidad. Perhaps that perspective was the
result of the fact that my mother, and her mother who lived
with us, were Barbadians who migrated to Trinidad and
Tobago towards the end of the Second World War. Ours
was a home that was constantly filled with visiting Bajan
relatives and acquaintances.
Whatever the reason, I am fiercely Caribbean at heart.
I still feel extreme anguish at the collapse of the Federation
and remain hopelessly optimistic that one day, despite
their increasing separation, Caribbean nations will unite
under a common flag. All logic supports the creation of
this imaginary state, that I have taken the liberty of calling
Carribea, that would leverage its greater size to build a better
life for its peoples. The UWI, with its four campuses spread
through the Caribbean, is critical in the achievement of this
still elusive goal.
Professor Brian Copeland,
eighth Principal of the St. Augustine Campus.
Community spirit reigned as members of faculties turned out in their full academic regalia at the induction ceremony. Professor Copeland with Fr Clyde Harvey.
The platform of protocol: The incoming Principal is welcomed by the University.
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For more information on the Faculty of Sport visit: http://uwi.edu/sport
“If there’s one industry that we can develop right now
to diversify our economies and make our economies
competitive, it is to build a sporting industry in our
region,” says The UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir
Hilary Beckles. He was speaking at the official launch of the
University’s Faculty of Sport on July 26 at The UWI Regional
Headquarters in Jamaica.
Vice-Chancellor Beckles referenced a PWC report
which assessed the global sport industry to be worth an
estimated $145b and growing at an annual rate of 4.5%. “This
is something that we must now take very seriously. This
sporting industry is the place of the greatest convergence
in the global economy. It’s the place where all the industries
are interconnected.” He noted the obvious nexus between
sport and entertainment, sport and technology, sport and
medicine sport and tourism and many other industries.
“Sport is at the centre of all of that, translating into
economic growth. We’re hoping that our Faculty will do all
the relevant research, teaching and learning to participate
in that conversation with our investors, our entrepreneurs,
our public sector, our global manufacturers to enable that
focus to take place here in the Caribbean space that is so
rich in sporting talent.”
The Faculty of Sport is the first to be established at
The UWI in 40 years. The University Council approved
its recommendation in April this year and it becomes
operational in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Dr. Akshai Mansingh, Dean of the Faculty of Sport, was
not making sport. “For too long, sport has been a past-time
for the region. We really don’t have the superstar culture,
even though our first superstar walked onto the field in
1930 when George Headley made his Test debut,” he said.
Faculty of Sport Launched
“ The creation of the Faculty of Sport gives an
opportunity to bring together all of the creative and scientific
minds of the region, while harnessing leaders in all aspects
of sports from throughout the world to offer the support to
the athletes, many of whom have chosen to make this region
their home to perfect their skills. But the Faculty of Sport
doesn’t only cater to those who play sports, but also to those
who play at sports. Creative academic minds with interest
in anything to do with sports will have the opportunity to
pursue their research, and practitioners such as coaches,
sports and conditioning experts, sports physiotherapists
etc., will also find a forum in this faculty as well,” he said.
Chair of the Faculty of Sport Task force, Pro Vice-
Chancellor and Mona Principal, Professor Archibald Mc
Donald said, “The launch of this new faculty will not only
aid in formally legitimising sports education, training and
research in the higher learning industry for the Caribbean,
but it will also aid in driving development and economic
growth prospects for our region. Sport is at the heart of our
“We must begin to formally invest in this industry if we
expect to see greater returns for the future. The launch of
this faculty facilitates The UWI’s goal of laying the necessary
foundations in moving the sport initiative in the Caribbean
in a right and positive direction. To build great athletes and
place our mark in the international sport industry we must
first invest in a centre of excellence here that explores the
research behind sport, which will engage in state-of-the-art
teaching and learning about the complexities of sport, whilst
providing the facilities and tools that will facilitate training
excellence in all fields of sport,” he said.
Dr Akshai Mansingh is a Consultant Orthopaedic
Surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician who has
looked after elite athletes throughout the region.
A graduate of The UWI, Dr Mansingh earned his
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and his
Doctor of Medicine, Orthopaedics degrees at the
Mona Campus. He also holds a Master’s in Sports
Medicine from the University of New South Wales
Dr Mansingh has been a lecturer in the
Department of Surgery, Sports Medicine in Radiology,
Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at The UWI, Mona
since 2007, as well as the Programme Director and
Course Author for the campus’ MSc Sports Medicine
degrees (for Physicians and Physiotherapists) since
2006. He is also the author of numerous publications
in his various specialisations and has written on
Methods for Injury Surveillance in International
Cricket among many other cricket and sport science
The creation of the Faculty of Sport gives an opportunity to bring together all of
the creative and scientific minds of the region, while harnessing leaders in all aspects
of sports from throughout the world to offer the support to the athletes, many of whom
have chosen to make this region their home to perfect their skills.
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