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St Augustine Education City

The St. Augustine Education City Committee (SECC) was established in 2011 to guide the development of the St. Augustine Education City (SEC) with specific terms of reference as follows:

  • To oversee the establishment of the St. Augustine Education City as an integrated centre for academic excellence;
  • To foster the growth of a vibrant service sector linked to the academic community; and
  • To coordinate the establishment of a security infrastructure, accommodation for students and transportation service for all students coming into the region.

  • The St. Augustine Education City

    The SEC region spans 12.2 square miles and is bordered by:

    • the Northern Range to the North;
    • the Caroni River to the South;
    • the Uriah Butler Highway to the West; and
    • the Orange Grove Road to the East.

The SEC region holds the largest cluster of higher education institutions (HEIs) and the most student populous area nationally; hosting twenty three (23) institutions of higher learning and a total student population of over 39,000. The region is home to the country’s largest and foremost public and private institutions of higher learning including the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business; the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies; the Hugh Wooding Law School; the School of Accounting and Management (SAM) Caribbean; the School of Business and Computer Science; the University of the Southern Caribbean and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, among other venerable institutions.

These institutions form the backbone of a progressive strategy to stimulate a vibrant service sector and cluster of entrepreneurial business start-ups over the coming years. This existing educational infrastructure within the SEC area is deemed to derive an advantage over other locations in the country as well as regionally; being considered as a premier destination for CARICOM nationals with the influx of further regional students only expected to increase.

The area also includes the following major communities:

  • Champ Fleurs
  • St. Joseph
  • Curepe
  • Tunapuna
  • El Dorado
  • Macoya

Key Features of the St. Augustine Education City

Feature Details
Area 32 km2/ 12.2 mi2
Population (resident) 56,946
Population density 1,780 p/km2
Student Population 39,000
No. of business places (% of region) 2,602 (45.9%)
No. of primary schools 32
No. of secondary schools 19
No. of higher education and training institutions 23

Development Strategy

The wider St. Augustine region is well poised to leverage its systematic investments in the knowledge sector over the last few years to spur economic development. In striving to create an education city in the St. Augustine region the SECC will utilize the skills, research excellence, network of commercial influence, the business culture, infrastructure and connectivity to foster academic excellence, a vibrant service sector and knowledge based economic activities, all within an open, tolerant and inclusive society. The Committee has thus identified two broad objectives which are supported by seven (7) strategic pillars. This will form the platform for the transformation and development within the St. Augustine Education City.

Economic Diversification and Growth Strategy:

  • Pillar 1 -Academic Excellence and Scientific Development
  • Pillar 2 - Economic Development and Social Transformation
  • Pillar 3 -Agri-Development and Bio-Diversity

Regional Planning and Development Strategy:

  • Pillar 4- Critical Infrastructure and Public Utilities
  • Pillar 5- Transportation and Pedestrianisation
  • Pillar 6- Safety and Security
  • Pillar 7- Historical Preservation and Natural Beautification.
  • St Augustine Education City Contact Information

    St Augustine Education City Secretariat
    c/o Ministry of Education – Tertiary Education Division
    Tower C, Waterfront International Complex
    1A Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
    623-9922 ext 336