70th Anniversary Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Greetings as we embark on the 70th year of our beloved university.

For the past 70 years our university has provided positively impactful services and transformational leadership to the Caribbean region.

Since its inception as a College of the University of London in 1948, and its transition as an independent regional university in 1962, it has been a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development. It continues to reside at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of our people.

In this 70th year, we celebrate our evolution from a university college situated at Mona with 33 medical students to an internationally respected regional university with near 50,000 students. With four campuses—at Mona, Jamaica, at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, at Cave Hill, Barbados, and the Open Campus, with sites throughout the region—the university has demonstrated its relevance and illustrated its quality as a site of excellence in the Caribbean.

With an ethical mandate to be accessible to all who meet its requirements, we have won the respect of sister universities globally, enabling us to establish partnering centres in North America, Asia, and Africa.

Our alumni are found in all areas of public life and have brought the university tremendous honour through their regional and global achievements and contributions.

For the Vice-Chancellor’s full video message visit www.uwi.edu/70



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About The UWI
Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit www.uwi.edu
(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)