The University of the West Indies (UWI) has become the 10th member of the FIFA/CIES International University Network.

During a ceremony in Trinidad & Tobago, Prof. Clement K. Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal of the UWI St Augustine, signed a partnership contract with CIES. This agreement will enable the UWI to organise a post-grade diploma in sport management for the English-speaking Caribbean countries. Hon. Gary Hunt, minister of sport and youth affairs, and Oliver Camp, president of the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation, attended the ceremony and gave their full support to the project. Of particular note is that FIFA and CONCACAF also back the programme.

The latter will enable students from various professional and sporting horizons to acquire modern knowledge in key aspects of sport management such as law, finance, management, event management, communication and marketing. The UWI has decided to add two additional courses (human resources and facilities management) to the standard programme proposed by the other universities members of the international network.

"We are proud to be now part of an International University Network that comprises 10 partners throughout the world" commented Prof. Sankat. "Sport plays an essential role in modern society. The UWI is delighted to be able to join forces with CIES in order to contribute to the over-all development of sporting activities in the entire Caribbean region".

The enrolment procedure will be launched next June and the course will start in October 2009.