Dr. the Honourable Dr. Lovell Francis, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, delivered a heartwarming address at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago’s (COSTAATT) 15th Anniversary Celebrations and Long Service Awards Celebrations at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday 27th October, 2015.
Dr. the Honourable Dr. Lovell Francis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education gave the feature address at the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) graduation ceremony on Wednesday 7th October, 2015 held at the Point Lisas Campus, where 900 graduates from the institution’s eleven campuses received TVET qualifications. The morning installment of the graduation ceremony was a lively session celebrating the achievement of students from the Laventille, Point Lisas, Debe and Woodford Lodge campuses. Minister Francis gave a hearty address to the young persons present, in which he reminded the graduating classes how fortunate they were to live in a time when opportunities such as tertiary education have become very accessible to the population.
The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education delivered the feature address at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s (UTT) World Marine Day Stakeholder Forum on Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 where he outlined the significance of marine education and training. Minister Garcia commended the University for hosting such a forum and its relevance to the sector saying, “It is this type of open dialogue and emphasis on training and education that will assist in moving the local maritime industry forward. The evolution of world trade and sea transport is especially important to ship-building demand and I am pleased to see that UTT is playing a significant role.”
A total of 300 medical students will be accepted at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mount Hope Campus for academic year 2015-2016 as compared to 256 in the last academic year (2014-2015). Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, UWI has advised that by 2016-2017, an additional 100 students will be accommodated at the Teaching Hospital in San Fernando. The decision to control the number of spaces for citizens who would be funded at regional institutions was based on the following issues, namely, the cost of studying at regional institutions; the human resources needs of the country; and the need for specialized doctors as opposed to house officers.