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The UWI celebrates stellar scholar in astronomy


Barbados (Barbados Today) – The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is celebrating Professor Shirin Haque, who has made history as the first in her field to rise to the regional University’s highest academic rank. The UWI alumna is not only the first Professor in the field of Astronomy at The UWI, but also the first in the English-speaking Caribbean. In fact, she is the only professional Astronomer in the region.

The outstanding scholar is one of The UWI’s five newest academics promoted to the rank of Professor with effect from May, 2022. Like her counterparts, Professor Haque earned her promotion through evaluation of the quality and quantity of her research, publications and other professional activities by internal and external assessors and received outstanding reviews.

Congratulating the new Professor, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles praised Professor Haque for illuminating both The UWI and the Caribbean on the world stage.

“This brilliant star has been an exemplar for women in science and aspiring astronomers for decades and is truly deserving of this historic promotion. The University community is especially proud that she has received her tutoring and dedicated her academic service here at The UWI. She embodies excellence and the University’s mission to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the world,” he said.

Among Professor Haque’s qualifications include a PhD in Physics (Astronomy) from The UWI, St. Augustine Campus in collaboration with the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia on an IDB Fellowship, as well as an MPhil in Physics (Astronomy), an MPhil in Psychology and a BSc in Physics, all from The UWI, St. Augustine Campus.  Before her professorial appointment, she served as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics at St. Augustine. She was the only student pursuing and graduating from the Department of Physics at St. Augustine in Astronomy for decades until the seven postgraduate students she supervised.

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