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The University of the West Indies Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UWI STAT) group, has launched a regional essay competition, targeted at high school and UWI students in territories, which support the institution.
President of UWI STAT, Jeffrey Foremen, made the announcement at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held recently at the agency’s Half-Way Tree Road office.
The essay topics centre on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). With the winning entry to receive $10,000, students in first to fourth form are being asked to write on: ‘My idea of a perfect Caribbean Island,’ utilising various aspects of culture, history, geography, language and food around the Caribbean.
Entrants in fifth and sixth form are required to write on the topic: ‘The media does not do enough to promote the CSME. Do you agree or disagree? Say why and highlight the importance of the media in the integration process’. The winner in this category will receive $12,000.
UWI students are required to write a more detailed essay, to ‘Critically discuss the relevance of the CSME in the global economy’, or on the topic: ‘Should your country remain a member of CARICOM? Give reasons to support your answer’. The best essayist will be awarded a $120,000 grant and the Professor E. Nigel Harris Chancellor’s CSME trophy.
Essays can be mailed to the Institutional Advancement Division, c/o UWI STAT, University of the West Indies, Mona; faxed to (876) 927 0264; or emailed to uwi.stat.csme@gmail.com, to meet the March 20, 2009 deadline.
Formed by Professor Harris in 2006, UWI STAT provides students with opportunities for integration with their Caribbean colleagues. It encourages the development of leadership skills and provides experiences that enhance education and promotes regional UWI’s ‘Pelican Pride” through involvement in campus, community and alumni activities.
The group is currently hosting CSME Awareness Week.

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