Saturday, January 20, 2018

UWI’s Debe campus to open in January

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) South Campus in Debe may be ready for its first student intake in January 2018, Education Minister Anthony Garcia has said.
Garcia said the project has been divided into two phases, with the first expected to be completed by December 2017. The student intake is expected to be approximately 600. He was responding to a question from Opposition MP for Oropouche West MP Vidia Guyadeen in the House of Representatives, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, on Wednesday. Garcia said the main contractor in the construction of the South campus was terminated in November 2016 due to poor performance.
“However, due to the increased cost incurred as a result of delays and having to re-tender for another contractor, The University of the West Indies has divided the project into two phases,” he said.
Garcia said phase one would comprise a building for the faculty of law, a moot court, an academic building, a hall of residence, a student union building, a facilities management building, central plant facilities, associated external works, and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure.
He said completion of phase two would depend on the availability of funding. The second phase would comprise a library, cricket pavilion, cricket and football fields with parking facilities, associated roadworks, external works and mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.