The University of the West Indies (UWI) has approved recommendations to confer the title of ‘Emeritus’ on Professor Samuel Ramsewak and Professor Patrick Watson.
The Emeritus designation generally allows former office-holders of The UWI to retain their titles after retirement; in this case, of University Professor. Professor Ramsewak retired in 2016 and Professor Watson retired in 2017; both served at The UWI St Augustine Campus.
Professor Samuel Ramsewak
Professor Samuel Ramsewak earned his MBBS from The UWI, receiving Honours in Pathology and Microbiology and the Prize in Community Medicine. He subsequently specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sheffield and Manchester in the UK.
He joined the Faculty of Medical Sciences as a Senior Lecturer in June 1991 and was promoted up the ranks to Professor of Obstetrics/Gynaecology in Reproductive Medicine in 2002. He also served as Deputy Dean, as Head of Department and as Dean of the Faculty for an eight-year term of office from 2007-2015.
Professor Ramsewak has been recognised in Trinidad and Tobago as well as regionally and internationally for his pioneering research, publications and work in the field of Chlamydia and reproductive medicine. Among his awards are the Chaconia Medal of Trinidad and Tobago, a National Honour, for contributions to Medicine in his country, the Commonwealth Research Fellowship (1989), Rhodes Trust Scholarship (1994), American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists award for Distinguished Service (2001), the Annual Research Award of the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association and its Scroll of Honour and the CARICOM Science Award (2017).
Professor Patrick Watson
Prior to his retirement, Professor Watson was Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) since 2003. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1995-2003. Professor Watson received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Leeds in 1973 and his L-es-Econ, M-es-Econ, and PhD in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, from the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1976, 1977 and 1980 respectively.
His areas of expertise are Econometric Modelling of Caribbean phenomena (in particular monetary and fiscal policy), Economic Measurement, Statistical Analysis and Climate Change related issues. His publications include books and articles in the area of Theoretical and Applied Econometrics and Caribbean Economy. He was also involved in the supervision of PhD and Masters’ theses and projects, and teaching of quantitative economic courses at the graduate level.
Professor Watson also served on the Board of Directors of various state enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago, as a Government Senator, on Government committees and conducted executive level training in statistical and econometric analysis (including the use of software like EViews and SPSS).