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CDB announces plans to invest in UWItv at 1st anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, December 7, 2017

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica, W.I.07 December 2017.UWItv—the multimedia, public information and education service of The University of the West Indies (The UWI)—marked its first year of existence with a celebratory event and awards ceremony held on Tuesday 28 November, 2017 at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination at the University’s Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. Feature speaker at the event, President of Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and Managing Director of the RJR Communication Group, Jamaica, Mr. Gary Allen, described the platform as “a source of information—for people in the Caribbean about the Caribbean, our leaders, the movers and shakers in what we do in business, in sport, in events that have shaped our societies—done well, produced well and provided easy access to our customers.” Many similar commendations came in from across the region, praising UWItv’s innovativeness and potential for the Caribbean. The biggest show of endorsement however, was an announcement by President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. William Warren Smith, that the organisation agreed to an investment of US$130,000 for UWItv.

During his remarks, Dr. Smith applauded the University saying, “UWItvis well-positioned to demonstrate the value proposition of The UWI and CDB is excited by the possibilities.” Details of the agreement that will be signed by both parties, include the commitment of CDB’s resources to support capacity building of UWItvstaff, faculty and students of The UWI; provision of equipment for production and broadcast of programmes; an internship programme that synergises studies in communications and the creative arts with the development activities of UWItvand marketing and promotion activities.

In describing UWItv’svalue proposition,Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said, “How can we create a context for Caribbean peoples to have a conversation about the predicaments they are faced with? How can we promote the notion that any sustainable solution to these problems must be reasonable solutions? How can we establish and deepen and strengthen the concept that we are one people, we are one community, with a common history and a common destiny? To make these realities part of everyday life, do require that we mobilise information the best we can…This UWItvwill allow us to create the most phenomenal archive on the Caribbean people.”

The evening’s programme also included remarks from members of The UWI community. Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor EudineBarriteau gave the welcome address. She expressed, “The UWI Cave Hill Campus is very pleased to have been involved in operationalizing this educational outreach strategy, to support one of The UWI’s enduring mandates – taking our University into the wider community; in this case, to the global community.” She continued, “While UWItvenables The UWI to strengthen its international footprint, simultaneously it facilitates us in entering every Caribbean household and empowering its citizens by imparting the wealth of ideas, research, and policies for which the University has built an enviable reputation.”

Congratulatory remarks also came from Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus, Professor Archibald Mc Donald, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus, Dr. Luz Longsworth, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, Professor Brian Copeland, Assistant Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations’ Council, Mr. Cleveland Sam, and Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Ms. Sonia Gill. President of the Guild of Students at Cave Hill, Mr. Kai Bridgewater, delivered remarks on behalf of the student body. He recalled how he recently gave a speech at an event which was livestreamed on UWItvand received messages about it from family members in other parts of the Caribbean and in the US. He admitted that it was at that point that he really appreciated the vast reach of the platform.

Closing remarks were made by UWItv’s Managing Director, Ms. Janet Caroo, who noted the need for a trusted and reliable platform that focuses on informed discussions and research and also seeks to focus on the challenges that are unique to the Caribbean region with a view to solidifying our position in the global sphere.

The event’s highlight was the presentation of an inaugural UWItvaward to the notably accomplished Julian Rogers, honouring his 54-year career of contributions to Caribbean media. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Rogers confessed that he got into a media career as a teenager, by accident, and credited The UWI with facilitating his formal training in the field. He said, “The emergence of UWItvreally fits into what is clearly a longstanding tradition of the University to be innovative. This University has always sought to expand its reach across this entire region to let people learn about this region, so I am not surprised at the success of UWItv.”

In addition to the tribute to Mr. Rogers, an inaugural UWItvStudent Ambassador award was presented to postgraduate student, Ms. Rhyesa Joseph who conducted a record number of interviews for UWItv during its year of operation. The most inspirational video award was presented to Ms. Miranda Blackman, founder and President of The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Association for Persons with Disabilities (UWICAPD). A number of Viewers’ Choice awards were also given for programme segments with the highest viewership (by campus) covering topics such as cancer control, advocacy for the differently-abled, reparations and others.

A Founder’s Award was presented to Ms. Janet Caroo and Mr. Don Rojas, while special awards were given to Mrs. Patricia Atherley for her work in the early development of UWItvand Mr. Maxi Baldeo for his provision of technical services. UWItvEditors, Ms. Rita Gaye and Mr. Jamani Dunn were also recognized for their service excellence.


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Photo caption:

At the UWItvAnniversary & Awards Ceremony, (from left to right): Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI; Mrs. Patricia Atherley, special awardee; Mr. Julian Rogers, recipient of the inaugural UWItvaward; Ms. Janet Caroo, Managing Director, UWItvand Dr. William Warren Smith, President, Caribbean Development Bank.

About UWItv

Launched in December 2016, UWItvis a multimedia public information and education service o­ffered through a tripartite partnership with The University of the West Indies, CaribVision (the regional cable service of the Caribbean Media Corporation) and the RJR Group in Jamaica. Its operations are supported by production teams spread across all four UWI campuses. UWItvoffers a diversity of Caribbean-focussed programming to millions of viewers in 22 Caribbean country markets as well as the large Caribbean Diaspora communities in New York, Toronto, Montreal, London and Europe. It highlights the impactful contribution being made by the regional university through its campuses as well as collaborations with national, regional and international partners. UWItvis central to The UWI’s mission to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the wider world. Visitwww.uwitv.orgfor more.

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses inBarbados,Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago, and theOpen Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)


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