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High School Students Have Fun With Physics at UWI, Mona

Dr. Michael Ponnambalam, Lecturer in the Department of Physics at UWI, Mona advocates that, “if we focus first on the students having fun, then they will learn the principles of Physics without even noticing”. This is the philosophy on which the Fifth Form Physics Field Trip, organized by the Department of Physics, is built.  He added, “the aim of the Physics Field Trip is to give the students an opportunity to enjoy Physics and thus discover for themselves that Physics is fun.”  Approximately five hundred (500) students from twenty-two (22) schools island wide participated in the four day Field Trip which consisted of two hour sessions running from January 18-21, 2011 at UWI, Mona.

UWI, Mona Main Library To Implement New Security System

The UWI Mona Main Library will officially commission into use the new state-of-the-art 3M Library Security System on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10 am at a launch ceremony to be held at the Multifunctional Room, Main Library, UWI, Mona.  The system was acquired under a Memorandum of Understanding between 3M InterAmerica Inc. (Jamaica Division); the UWI Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF); and the UWI, Mona Campus. 

Fifth Form Physics Field Trip

The Department of Physics at UWI, Mona as part of its outreach efforts will stage the second annual Fifth Form Field Trip from January 18 – 21, 2011. The Department will host two-hour seminars starting at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm daily teaching select topics on the Caribbean Examination Council and Caribbean Secondary Examinations Physics syllabi through interactive demonstrations, computer simulation and experiments. The Field Trip is aimed at giving fifth form Physics students an opportunity to discover and experience Physics using a fun-filled approach. 

For more details interested persons may contact the Department of Physics at 927-2480. Schools are accommodated on a first come basis for participation.

UWI Open Scholarship Applications

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is inviting applications for the prestigious UWI 2011 Open Scholarships. All applications must be submitted online at www.uwi.edu/openscholarship2011 by Monday, January 31, 2011.

Each year the University awards scholarships to top performing students across the region to pursue undergraduate degrees at the regional institution. The UWI Open Scholarships will cover tuition, residence costs, both on and off campus, and contributions to books and meals. Eligible applicants are prospective or current first year UWI students from a UWI contributing country with high academic achievements.

Forty-one students from across the region were awarded the UWI Open Scholarships valued at US$ 1.1 million for the 2010/11 academic year.

UWI, Mona Tops Public Speaking Competition at World Universities Debating Championships

The University of the West Indies (Mona) student Krystal Tomlinson copped the top prize in the Public Speaking Competition of the World Universities Debating Championships held recently in Botswana. She was one of four UWI, Mona students who went to the represent the institution. The other members of the team are: Ricardo Brooks, Jarred Brewster and Tashna Edwards.

UWI, Mona Football Scholarship Festival Attracts More Scouts

The University of the West Indies, Mona stages the second UWI, Mona Football Scholarship Festival on January 5-7, 2011 at the Mona Bowl. This year’s Festival will see an increased number of scouting coaches attending the event to recruit athletes. Approximately twelve local and overseas universities will be present at the Football Scholarship Festival.  

Participants in the Festival include sixth form student athletes from several high schools from across Jamaica in the Manning and Dacosta Cup Competitions. The event is designed to allow talented and academically eligible young athletes to be recruited by local and overseas coaches and provide an opportunity for the students to receive a scholarship through participation in the Festival.

Regional Linguists Meet at UWI International Conference on Language Rights and Policy to Present Charter

The International Conference on Language Rights and Policy in the Creole-Speaking Caribbean takes on January 13 -14, 2011. Speaking at the Opening Ceremony slated for Thursday, January 13 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre are the Governors General of St. Lucia and Belize, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy and His Excellency Sir Colville Young  respectively. Also sharing during the Conference are the Minister of Justice of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr.

Semester Two Begins on January 23

The second semester for the 2010/11 academic year officially begins on Sunday, January 23 while teaching resumes Monday, January 24, 2011. The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, wishes to advise that all tuition and Hall fees (where applicable) for the second semester become due and payable at the start of the semester.

Tuition, Halls of Residence and other fees may be paid at any branch of Paymaster, National Commercial Bank or Bill Express island wide. Students may also use the UWI’s e-commerce facility to make payments.

UWI, Mona Campus Closes

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus wishes to advise that all administrative offices and teaching departments will be closed on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, 2010 and will remain closed until Tuesday, December 28, 2010 when regular business hours i.e. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm will resume. UWI, Mona will again be closed on New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31, 2010.

The University of the West Indies, Mona wishes for all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dr. Noureddine Benkeblia Promoted to Professor

The University of the West Indies, Mona is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Noureddine Benkeblia, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences to the rank of Professor in Agricultural Sciences, with specialization in Crops Science and Horticulture since October 2010.

Dr. Benkeblia holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Option: Food Technology and Agro-Industries) from the Institute of Agronomy, Algeria (1988) and a Master of Sciences degree and Doctor of Science with an option in Food Sciences and Human Nutrition from the National Institute of Agronomy, Algeria (1993 and 2000 respectively). He also holds the degree of Doctor in Agricultural Sciences with an Option in Plant and Crop Sciences from Kagoshima University in Japan (2007).

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