Professional & Academic History
Dr Tewarie was a member of the Board of the Caribbean Examinations Council and the Board of the Trust Fund for the Caribbean Court of Justice. Dr Tewarie was also a member of several Private Sector Boards. He has published many articles and book chapters on economic, educational and developmental issues as well as a book on University Governance in the Twenty-First Century (Jossey-Bass) (2004). In 2002 he guest-edited for Caribbean Quarterly a special issue to commemorate V.S. Naipaul’s award of the Nobel Prize and wrote the lead article “A House for Mr. Biswas Revisited: Ethnicity, Culture, Geography and Beyond”. (Source: http://www.ttparliament.org/members.php?mid=54&id=BTE87)
Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie is the former Principal of the Trinidad and Tobago Campus of the University of the West Indies and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development at UWI. In addition to that, at UWI, Executive Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Chairman of the National Institute of Higher education, Science and Technology and Chairman of the National Council of Competitiveness and Innovation, and several committees to do with national and regional public policy. Dr Tewarie previously served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI). He served as Executive Director of the UWI Institute of Business (IOB) for nine years before being appointed Principal, UWI, St. Augustine in September 2001.
He has created and helped build long-lasting institutions, such as the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTATT), the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB), the National Training Agency (NTA), the Caribbean Centre for Competitiveness (CCC) at the University of the West Indies, the National Council for Competitiveness and Innovation (CCI) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Trinidad and Tobago. He is also the founder of the Institute of Critical Thinking at UWI.
A Fulbright Fellow, a Visiting Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University and a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the North-South Centre of The University of Miami, served as a member of the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and was for six years was the Chairman of the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology where he facilitated the creation of COSTAATT (College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago) and the foundation work for the establishment of the National Accreditation Agency. He also developed the rationale for the establishment of the National Training Agency (NTA) and also served as Chairman of the Committee which formulated a National Policy for Tertiary Education for the Vision 2020 Committee.
He received his undergraduate degree in English at Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in English and American Literature at the University of Chicago. From Pennsylvania State University he received his PhD in Comparative Literature. He has also been the beneficiary of British Council programs on leadership and management in higher educational institutions and is a graduate of the Leadership programs of the Said School of Business at Oxford University. He has also studied Foresighting at the University of Houston
He has also written books on Higher Education, Governance, V.S. Naipaul, Caribbean Trade and Development, and a variety of articles in academic journals and specialized and popular media on development issues. His most recent book publication is entitled Sustainable Development: Thinking It Through, Making It Happen and he is currently working on another: The Tangibles and Intangibles of Sustainable Development.
Dr Tewarie also produced and directed three (3) documentary films. One premiered at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and the other at Cannes in the Short Film category. He is currently working on another longer film entitled “Festival Paradise”.