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After its excellent 2018 debut in the Times Higher Education (THE) Latin America University Rankings, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has climbed even higher in the 2019 report published by the prestigious UK-based ranking agency. The THE's recently published rankings for the Caribbean and Latin America show the continued improvement of The UWI, as it placed 32nd among the 150 best ranked universities across Latin America and the Caribbean-compared to 37th last year.
The UWI remains the number 1 ranked university in the Caribbean. This ranking is impressive given that the region has over 200 registered universities. Furthermore, The UWI has improved its position within the top 3% of universities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Again, the ranking stands out within a network of over 2,000 registered universities.
The strong showing comes on the eve of the 2020 World University Rankings due for publication at the end of September 2019. The UWI's performance reflects the considerably improved hemispheric recognition of the University's research impact in multiple disciplines, the development of strategic alliances with Latin American universities, and the official recognition of its contribution to the development agenda of the subregion.
Developments in Mexico and Colombia, in particular, have seen The UWI's visibility mushroomed. Pointedly impactful was the collaboration between Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and the President of the University of Miami, Professor Julio Frenk to constitute the leadership vanguard of a visionary project to create a Hemispheric University Consortium. The objective of the project is to connect high performing universities in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to rapidly expand student mobility and research collaboration across the grouping to accelerate development.
In addition, the newly created higher education organisation, Universities Caribbean, a collaborative grouping of over 40 universities from Cuba, Curaçao and Colombia to Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Haiti to Suriname, elected Vice-Chancellor Beckles as its first President. These developments served to enhance The UWI's academic reputation, strategic partnering, and student preparation for the postmodern world.
Responding to the news of The UWI's rise in the rankings, Vice-Chancellor Beckles stated, "We have set out on a strategic mission to radically transform and improve The UWI's regional and international academic standing as an excellent global university rooted in the Caribbean. My colleagues are mobilised around this vision, and have worked very hard and smart as a leadership team. I am very impressed with their focus and commitment to serve The UWI and the people of the Caribbean who are deserving of excellent outcomes. This rise in our ranking reflects the efficient and effective effort of the entire UWI family to be the best it can be."
Notes to the Editor:
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 table: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2019/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/scores_teaching/sort_order/asc/cols/scores.
Video message from Phil Baty, THE's Editorial Director of Global Rankings: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dqL8sD1m6qoCUFoLdNCSIvGTlG9pNNJz
For more on The UWI's performance, see https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/university-west-indies.
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About the THE World University Rankings
Now in its 15th year, the THE World University Rankings is the definitive list of the top universities globally. The 2019 edition includes a total 1,258 institutions across 86 countries. It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer). Thirteen carefully calibrated performance indicators are used to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons - trusted globally by students and their families, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. The rankings are independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and is the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature. Full 2019 World University Rankings methodology is available here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/methodology-world-university-rankings-2019.
International Outlook - This indicator takes into consideration international-to-domestic-student ratio; international-to-domestic-staff ratio and international collaboration.
Research Influence - This indicator looks at universities' role in spreading new knowledge and ideas. Research influence is examined by capturing the average number of times a university's published work is cited by scholars globally.
About The UWI
For 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership, and in 2018 it marks its evolution from a university college in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to a respected regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with sister universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, and the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies. The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.
Since The UWI was established 70 years ago, the University began its journey to excellence within the context of Caribbean colonialism, and has sought to break free of the imperial scaffold while propelling the Caribbean world into the era of national independence and nation-building. As a uniquely developed federal university funded by 17 Caribbean national communities, The UWI has pursued an agenda to be academically excellent and socially ethical.
Website: 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.)