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UWI Assists in Rebuilding Higher Education in Haiti

The Mona Campus as part of The University of the West Indies (UWI) / Haiti Initiative has been playing a significant role in the rebuilding of Higher Education in Haiti. Currently, some twenty-five students of the State University of Haiti are completing the final year of their degree programme at the Mona Campus. The students were granted full scholarships for one year of study after a rigorous process of selection. They are taking classes in the faculties of Social Sciences, Pure and Applied Sciences and Humanities and Education.  The Haitian students are completing course work already begun in Haiti yet interrupted by the devastating earthquake.

Tribute To The Late Prime Minister Of Barbados, The Rt. Hon. David Thompson, By The Chancellor Of The University Of The West Indies, Sir George Alleyne

The news of Prime Minister Thompson’s death cast somewhat of a pall on our graduation ceremonies for the Cave Hill Campus of the UWI yesterday. We observed moments of silence as was appropriate and in noting his passing I remarked that there would be another more appropriate time at which the University would record more formally a tribute to his work and memory.

The Vice Chancellor’s Tribute To The Rt. Hon David Thompson

The University of the West Indies mourns along with the people of Barbados and the Caribbean the loss of Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Thompson.  In his short term in office as Prime Minister of Barbados, he was impressive in the demonstration of his deep commitment to the development of his country and the region. His thoughtful and impactful interventions in various fora were insightful and fully appreciated. He was unswerving in his service to Barbados to the very end.   

UWI Professor to Participate in UNESCO Meeting on Media and Information Literacy

Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Claudette Fay Durrant will represent the institution at the expert group meeting “Development of Media and Information Literacy Indicators” which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 4 to 6 November 2010.

Professor Terrence Forrester Receives Gold Musgrave Medal

Professor of Experimental Medicine and Director of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Terrence Forrester was honoured for his contribution to science with the award of the prestigious Gold Musgrave Medal at a presentation ceremony hosted by the Institute of Jamaica on Wednesday, October 15, 2010. Musgrave medals are awarded annually to selected persons for achievements in the fields of literature, art and science.

In a citation, Dr. Alfred Sangster, deputy chairman of the Council of the Institute of Jamaica, said; "Professor Forrester has earned an international reputation for research related to aeitology and pathogenesis of hypertension and whole-body protein metabolism in situations of metabolic challenge."

Regional University Honours Fifteen Caribbean Beacons

Some 15 persons will be honoured when The University of the West Indies (UWI) confers honorary degrees in the annual Graduation Ceremonies to be held throughout its four campuses between October and November 2010.

UWI To Receive IDB Support For Child Cohort Study

Between 1986 and 2003, the University of the West Indies (UWI Mona) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) collaborated on a series of Birth Cohort Studies in Jamaica.  The Jamaica Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Survey was a national study designed to identify modifiable risk factors associated with poor maternal and perinatal outcome. Follow-up studies of this 1986 birth cohort were conducted at ages 11-12, 15-16 and 20-21 years to better understand the factors that impact child development, behaviour and academic achievement in Jamaica’s children.

Caribbean Child Research Conference to Explore Status of Development Goals

Jamaica’s achievements for children are under severe threat of being reversed by the impact of violence and slow economic growth, according to organizers of the fifth Caribbean Child Research Conference to be held October 20-21st at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The conference will unveil the latest research on issues affecting children, conducted both by academic researchers and children themselves. The theme of this year’s conference is “Five Years Before 2015: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Child Rights in the Caribbean”. 

UWI, Mona Joins In Observance Of International Rural Women’s Day 2010

Jamaica will join other countries around the world to observe October 15 as International Rural Women’s Day. The theme for 2010 is "Building a Sustainable Future with Rural Women".

As part of the efforts to commemorate the Day the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) on the Mona Campus at UWI will stage an exhibition at the UWI, Mona Main Library.  The IGDS supports this global observance and commends the work of rural women, and the institutions that support them in building the Jamaican economy and contributing to family and social life.

 The impact of Tropical Storm Nicole, and news of increased levels of poverty, highlight the special vulnerability of rural women to natural hazards, poverty and unemployment.

Severe Weather Bulletin 2

There is an area of Low Pressure System across the south western Caribbean. The area of Low Pressure is expected to remain nearly stationary at least until Monday with its associated Trough also expected to linger across Jamaica during this period.

The forecast is for it to be Partly cloudy with isolated showers across sections of northern parishes in the morning with outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms across most parishes, lingering into the evening in the afternoon of Friday, October 8, 2010.

Tonight, lingering showers are expected mainly across northern parishes, partly cloudy elsewhere.

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