There has probably never been a time when the need of Caribbean society for a strong cadre of persons educated at the graduate level has been more pressing. The world is no longer (and probably never was) dominated by those who have the raw materials, but by those who have the wherewithal to convert any and all opportunities into useful innovation, to meet the needs or wants of significant segments of our societies. But make no mistake – whilst societies which excel at this are referred to as “Knowledge Societies”, the simple accumulation of knowledge of “the facts” is in no way the key to advancement in this global milieu. Facts are more readily available and freely accessible than ever before. It is rather, the ability to gather and use the pertinent facts creatively to generate and implement desirable innovations that will mark excellence in any field, and will govern the success and advancement of our societies. The School for Graduate Studies & Research (SGSR) is dedicated to offering you advanced education which will allow you to compete in this demanding scenario – but we also urge you to help us by bringing to bear upon your studies the attitudes and practices which will resonate with our objectives. We laud your choice of the UWI SGSR for advancing your studies and look forward to working with you to enhance your personal, national, regional and global competitiveness in your chosen discipline. Welcome to the School for Graduate Studies & Research, UWI.
Ronald E. Young
Pro Vice Chancellor
School for Graduate Studies & Research
The University of the West Indies