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Light Moment: His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona,
ORTT, SC, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and
UTT's Chancellor shares a laugh with Senator the Honourable
Fazal Karim, Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
(MTEST) and UTT's President, Professor Dyer Narinesingh as UTT
commences its 10th anniversary celebrations.
Call to order: Students of UTT's programmes in Criminology
and Public Safety take part in the "The Essence of UTT", an
Graceful dancers: UTT's students of the Academy for the
Performing Arts (APA) entertain the audience at the Media
In one Voice:
Jessie Mc Barrow,
a graduate of UTT's
Artist Diploma in
pays tribute to UTT
Get to Know UTT!
Established in 2004 with a mandate to educate and train nationals, UTT has distinguished itself from
other tertiary education providers by incorporating a unique portfolio of knowledge products. The
University produces work-ready graduates who are aligned to industry expectations and, since its
first graduation ceremony in 2006, UTT has graduated in excess of seven thousand nationals.
As an entrepreneurial University, UTT prioritises all strategic alliances which enable its students and
graduates to be actively engaged in innovation toward the goal of academic development and
entrepreneurship. From Science and Technology to Education, the Arts, Sport and Security, UTT is
doing its part to empower a new generation of scholars to be future global leaders.
Mission of UTT
"To be an entrepreneurial university
designed to discover and develop
entrepreneurs, commercialise research
and development and spawn companies
for wealth generation and sustainable
job creation towards the equitable
enhancement of the quality of life of all
individuals, families and communities of
the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and
FACTOID: DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the Moriche Palm is
synomous with UTT? The Moriche Palm is
not only seen on the walls of UTT's rebranded
campuses, but overt references to the Palm
are evident throughout the University.
The University's graduation gowns are
embellished with a replica of the Moriche
Palm, so too does this emblem appear
on some of the University's branded and
promotional items. The Moriche Palm, also
known as the "Tree of Life", is integral to the
natural setting of Tamana InTech Park, the site
of the Signature Complex and Main campus
of The University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Senator Karim spoke of the emergence of UTT and
reminded the audience that "the scene was ripe for
the establishment of UTT as only a mere 7% of the
population of Trinidad and Tobago, as against 30%
in the developed world, had acquired tertiary level
education" at the time that UTT came into existence.
He lauded the establishment of UTT as the University
can now boast of having "graduates [who] have now
infiltrated every major oil and gas company that
operates out of this country"; graduates who were
taught at the same UTT Pt. Lisas Energy Campus.
Also on hand to address the audience was UTT's
Chairman, Mr. Curtis R. Manchoon who stated that
UTT's role was, "not only to graduate students, but
businesses". He further noted that through UTT's
various programme offerings, many of which
were unique to the nation, that the University
played a "critical role in economic diversification"
since it allowed for a wide base of skills-sets to be
developed. Mr. Manchoon indicated that "Members
of the Board of Governors were given the arduous
task of rebuilding this University and an executive
team culminating with the recruitment of Professor
(Dyer) Narinesingh as the President." According to
Mr. Manchoon, many in the business sector would
know that "the recruitment of a CEO is one of the
most important functions of any Board" and that this,
coupled with the appointment of President Carmona
as Chancellor of UTT, puts the University in good
The Media Launch also featured remarks by UTT's
President, Professor Dyer Narinesingh and the
Executive President of UTT's Student Guild, Mr.
Shomari Hector. The audience was treated to a video
montage of historical UTT moments and an artistic
impression of 'The Essence of UTT' which was written
and produced by UTT's own Cyril Collier and Michael
Cherrie. The Launch was capped off with the planting
of a Moriche Palm at the UTT Pt. Lisas Energy Campus.
Pondering the Past: Senator the
Honourable Fazal Karim, Minister of
Tertiary Education and Skills Training
(MTEST) addresses the audience
at the Media Launch, explaining
UTT's history, its genesis in the
Trinidad and Tobago Institute of
Technology (TTIT) and the need for
its contribution then and now.
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