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The University of the West Indies (UWI), originally University College of the West Indies,[2][3] is a public university system established to serve the higher education needs of the residents of 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Each country is either a member of the Commonwealth of Nations or a British Overseas Territory. The aim of the university is to help 'unlock the potential for economic and cultural growth' in the West Indies, thus allowing improved regional autonomy.[4] The University was originally instituted as an independent external college of the University of London.[5]

The University has produced students who have excelled in a number of disciplines such as the arts and sciences, business, politics, and sports. Notable alumni and faculty include three Nobel Laureates[6][7], 72 Rhodes Scholars, 3 Gates Cambridge Scholarship winners, 1 Emmy award winner,[8] 1 Man Booker Prize winner, 1 American Book Awards winner, Commonwealth Short Story Prize winners, 18 current or former Caribbean Heads of Government, an Olympic medallist and other award winners. The university's cricket team previously participated in West Indian domestic cricket, but now participates as part of a Combined Campuses and Colleges team.

The UWI campus in Mona, Jamaica serves as the headquarters of the UWI system. Aside from UWI Mona, it has four major university centres: UWI Cave Hill (Barbados), UWI St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago), UWI Five Islands (Antigua and Barbuda), and the regional UWI Open Campus that is scattered among UWI-funding Caribbean nations.

History

Main Library, Mona Campus, Jamaica

The university was founded in 1948, on the recommendation of the Asquith Commission[9] through its sub-committee on the West Indies chaired by Sir James Irvine.[10] The Asquith Commission had been established in 1943 to review the provision of higher education in the British colonies. Initially in a special relationship with the University of London, the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) was seated at Mona, about five miles from Kingston, Jamaica. The university was based at the Gibraltar Camp used by evacuated Gibraltarians during the war.[11][12]

Seeking to address a need for medical care the first faculty established was a medical school.[2] The foundation stone for a hospital was added in 1949 and the University College Hospital of the West Indies opened in 1953. On 18 January 1953, Sir Winston Churchill visited the hospital on 18 January 1953 and unveiled a plaque in recognition of the contribution made by the government of the United Kingdom to the hospital.[2] The hospital was renamed the University Hospital of the West Indies in 1967 when the University gained full university status.[2] The hospital offers patient care, the hospital also facilitates research and teaching along with the Medical Services department of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.[13]

The University College achieved independent university status in 1962. The St Augustine Campus in Trinidad, formerly the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), was established in 1960, followed by a school established along University Row, at the Deep Water Harbour of Barbados in 1963, later seated at the present Cave Hill Campus in 1967. The establishment of the Open Campus, University Centres, headed by a Resident Tutor, were established in each of the other 13 contributing territories thereafter.

In 1950, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the last surviving granddaughter of Queen Victoria, became the first Chancellor of the University College of the West Indies.

Sir William Arthur Lewis was the first Vice-Chancellor under the UWI's independent Charter. A native of St Lucia, he served as the first West Indian Principal of the UCWI from 1958 to 1960 and as Vice-Chancellor from 1960 to 1963. He was succeeded by Sir Philip Sherlock (a Jamaican and one of the UWI's founding fathers) who served as Vice-Chancellor from 1963 to 1969. Sir Roy Marshall, a Barbadian, was the next Vice-Chancellor, serving from 1969 to 1974. He was succeeded by Dr Aston Zachariah Preston, a Jamaican, who died in office on 24 June 1986, having served from 1974. The fifth Vice-Chancellor was Sir Alister McIntyre, who served from 1988 to 1998, followed by alumnus and Professor Emeritus Rex Nettleford who served from 1998 to 2004. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who s

The University has produced students who have excelled in a number of disciplines such as the arts and sciences, business, politics, and sports. Notable alumni and faculty include three Nobel Laureates[6][7], 72 Rhodes Scholars, 3 Gates Cambridge Scholarship winners, 1 Emmy award winner,[8] 1 Man Booker Prize winner, 1 American Book Awards winner, Commonwealth Short Story Prize winners, 18 current or former Caribbean Heads of Government, an Olympic medallist and other award winners. The university's cricket team previously participated in West Indian domestic cricket, but now participates as part of a Combined Campuses and Colleges team.

The UWI campus in Mona, Jamaica serves as the headquarters of the UWI system. Aside from UWI Mona, it has four major university centres: UWI Cave Hill (Barbados), UWI St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago), UWI Five Islands (Antigua and Barbuda), and the regional UWI Open Campus that is scattered among UWI-funding Caribbean nations.

The university was founded in 1948, on the recommendation of the Asquith Commission[9] through its sub-committee on the West Indies chaired by Sir James Irvine.[10] The Asquith Commission had been established in 1943 to review the provision of higher education in the British colonies. Initially in a special relationship with the University of London, the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) was seated at Mona, about five miles from Kingston, Jamaica. The university was based at the Gibraltar Camp used by evacuated Gibraltarians during the war.[11][12]

Seeking to address a need for medical care the first faculty established was a medical school.[2] The foundation stone for a hospital was added in 1949 and the University College Hospital of the West Indies opened in 1953. On 18 January 1953, Sir Winston Churchill visited the hospital on 18 January 1953 and unveiled a plaque in recognition of the contribution made by the government of the United Kingdom to the hospital.[2] The hospital was renamed the University Hospital of the West Indies in 1967 when the University gained full university status.[2] The hospital offers patient care, the hospital also facilitates research and teaching along with the Medical Services department of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.[13]

The University College achieved independent university status in 1962. The St Augustine Campus in Trinidad, formerly the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), was established in 1960, followed by a school established along University Row, at the Deep Water Harbour of Barbados in 1963, later seated at the present Cave Hill Campus in 1967. The establishment of the Open Campus, University Centres, headed by a Resident Tutor, were established in each of the other 13 contributing territories thereafter.

In 1950, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the last surviving granddaughter of Queen Victoria, became the first Chancellor of the University College of the West Indies.

Sir William Arthur Lewis was the first Vice-Chancellor under the UWI's independent Charter. A native of St Lucia, he served as the first West Indian Principal of the UCWI from 1958 to 1960 and as Vice-Chancellor from 1960 to 1963. He was succeeded by Sir Philip Sherlock (a Jamaican and one of the UWI's founding fathers) who served as Vice-Chancellor from 1963 to 1969. Sir Roy Marshall, a Barbadian, was the next Vice-Chancellor, serving from 1969 to 1974. He was succeeded by Dr Aston Zachariah Preston, a Jamaican, who died in office on 24 June 1986, having served from 1974. The fifth Vice-Chancellor was Sir Alister McIntyre, who served from 1988 to 1998, followed by alumnus and Professor Emeritus Rex Nettleford who served from 1998 to 2004. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who succeeded Professor E. Nigel Harris in May 2015.

The University of the West Indies Museum catalogs and exhibits some of the university's history.

University of the West Indies System

The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with five constituent campuses:

The following are the satellite campuses of the university system:

  • Mount Hope Campus in Mount Hope, Trinidad and Tobago (houses the Faculty of Medical Sciences of UWI St. Augustine)
  • St. Augustine South Campus at Debe in the Penal-Debe region, Trinidad and Tobago (extension campus of UWI St. Augustine)[18][19]
  • Western Jamaica Campus in Seeking to address a need for medical care the first faculty established was a medical school.[2] The foundation stone for a hospital was added in 1949 and the University College Hospital of the West Indies opened in 1953. On 18 January 1953, Sir Winston Churchill visited the hospital on 18 January 1953 and unveiled a plaque in recognition of the contribution made by the government of the United Kingdom to the hospital.[2] The hospital was renamed the University Hospital of the West Indies in 1967 when the University gained full university status.[2] The hospital offers patient care, the hospital also facilitates research and teaching along with the Medical Services department of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.[13]

    The University College achieved independent university status in 1962. The St Augustine Campus in Trinidad, formerly the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), was established in 1960, followed by a school established along University Row, at the Deep Water Harbour of Barbados in 1963, later seated at the present Cave Hill Campus in 1967. The establishment of the Open Campus, University Centres, headed by a Resident Tutor, were established in each of the other 13 contributing territories thereafter.

    In 1950, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the last surviving granddaughter of Queen Victoria, became the first Chancellor of the University College of the West Indies.

    Sir William Arthur Lewis was the first Vice-Chancellor under the UWI's independent Charter. A native of St Lucia, he served as the first West Indian Principal of the UCWI from 1958 to 1960 and as Vice-Chancellor from 1960 to 1963. He was succeeded by Sir Philip Sherlock (a Jamaican and one of the UWI's founding fathers) who served as Vice-Chancellor from 1963 to 1969. Sir Roy Marshall, a Barbadian, was the next Vice-Chancellor, serving from 1969 to 1974. He was succeeded by Dr Aston Zachariah Preston, a Jamaican, who died in office on 24 June 1986, having served from 1974. The fifth Vice-Chancellor was Sir Alister McIntyre, who served from 1988 to 1998, followed by alumnus and Professor Emeritus Rex Nettleford who served from 1998 to 2004. The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who succeeded Professor E. Nigel Harris in May 2015.

    The University of the West Indies Museum catalogs and exhibits some of the university's history.

    The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with five constituent campuses:

    • Mona in Jamaica
    • St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago,[14]
    • Debe in the Penal-Debe region, Trinidad and Tobago (extension campus of UWI St. Augustine)[18][19]
    • Western Jamaica Campus in Montego Bay, Jamaica (extension campus of UWI Mona)
    • Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management in Nassau, Bahamas (extension campus of UWI Mona)
    • School of Clinical Medicine and Research in Nassau, Bahamas (extension of the medical programme at UWI St. Augustine)[20]

    The other contributing countries are served by the Open Campus.[21]

    ProposedThe other contributing countries are served by the Open Campus.[21]

    Proposed

    There have been various proposals to add one or more campuses on other islands to expand the UWI system, such as a campus at Hope, Grenada.[22][23] The campus at Five Islands, Antigua and Barbuda opened in 2019.

    Articulation and Franchised Programmes

    The University of the West Indies has initiated several i

    The University of the West Indies has initiated several international partnerships. In 2016, UWI and the Global Institute for Software Technology (GIST) established the UWI-China Institute for Information Technology.[25] Starting in the summer of 2018, students in the programme on the Cave Hill and Mona campuses will travel to Suchou, China for two years. studying both Mandarin and software engineering.[26]

    The UWI-SUNY Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development (CLSD) was established in 2017 on SUNY's Empire State campus in Manhattan.

    The UWI-SUNY Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development (CLSD) was established in 2017 on SUNY's Empire State campus in Manhattan.[25][27] The centre is designed to assist the Commonwealth Caribbean in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to research and advocacy, plans are underway to offer a joint master's degree in sustainability and leadership.[28]

    In 2017, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the UWI established the UNILAG-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies.[25][29] The institute conducts research and offers a master's degree in African and Diaspora Studies.[28]

    Also in 2017, UWI and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to establish the Institute for Global Africa Affairs.[28] The Institute was launched in 2018 and will offer a joint master's degree in Global African Studies.[30]

    In 2020, UWI and the University of Havana inked an agreement to jointly establish the Institute for the Sustainable Development of the Caribbean. UWI Mona will lead the initiative from the UWI side, with the deans of the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences taking the lead.[31]

    Other joint programmes exist or are in the planning stages.[25] For example, the University of New Brunswick and the Cave Hill Campus jointly offer a Master of Science in Sport Sciences. Brock University and UWI have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to consider the establishment of an Institute in Canada-Caribbean Studies.[32]

    The University of the West Indies is a multi-campus, international university with several faculties and schools, some of which are replicated on all four physical main campuses. The Open Campus does not have a faculty structure. The distribution of the faculties (called schools at Five Islands) is listed below.


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