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Alumni Ambassador scores Chevening!

Franz George is a Lecturer, Organisational Consultant and Youth Advocate. He has lectured Sociology and Caribbean Studies at the 6th form level for the past 2 years. He is also the lead Organisational Consultant for his consultancy, Lydian Stone Consulting. Through his consultancy, he helps organisations to identify their problems, and helps them to develop and implement interventions. Franz is also very passionate about youth advocacy. Since 2018, he has been serving as the Caribbean and Americas Region Representative of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC).

Bahamian Medic remembered

Dr. Phillip Thompson was a 1975 graduate of The University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Dr. Thompson wasted no time in returning to the West Indies from Scotland in 1983, then becoming the preeminent General Surgeon in the Bahamas in the later years of the 20th Century.

New Campus Registrar for Cave Hill

The UWI Cave Hill Campus has announced that Mr. Rommel Carter, who was the Director of Human Resources at Cave Hill, has been appointed to the post of Campus Registrar. He is also a proud UWI graduate

UWI Lawyers and Medics – check this out!

Given the international concerns and reactions that arose in relation to George Floyd’s  death, the opportunity to host a series of online events to highlight the forensic pathology issues associated with the investigation of Deaths in Custody presented itself and a trilogy of symposia was conceptualised and planned by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC who were to otherwise host a previously planned in-person conference in Washington in June 2020.

Pamela Coke-Hamilton

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced that UWI alumna, Pamela Coke-Hamilton has been appointed as the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), which is the joint agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) for trade and international business development.

She holds an undergraduate degree in international relations from The UWI and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University

UWI Cave Hill Has a New Head of the Academy of Sport

Dr. Rudolph Alleyne is the new Head of the Academy of Sport at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Cave Hill campus.

Alleyne, who previously held the post of Academic Programme Co-ordinator at The UWI Cave Hill campus, takes over as the Head from Amanda Reifer.

Alleyne brings a wealth of knowledge with him as he has lectured in Exercise and Sport Psychology, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Sociology of Sport, Social Psychology of Sport, Exercise Physiology, and Ethics in Sport.

UWI Alumna Claudia Grant “sails” forth!

Thirty-four years after starting her career at the Port of Kingston in 1986, Claudia Grant is now second in command at the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), serving as Deputy Director General.  She entered the field after she graduated from The UWI with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies.

UWI Grad elected Mayor

UWI Alumna, Phelecia Nembhard was elected mayor of the city of New Carrolton in Maryland in June 2020. She is the first female and first person of colour to be elevated to that position.

She graduated with a degree in management and accounting from The UWI and in 1996, she was recognised as Student of the Year at UWI. Then migrated to the United States. She worked with Sun Trust Bank and then went to Presidential Bank, as a regional manager. She has always seen herself as a community activist rather than a politician.

The UWI Connection to Kamala Harris

You might be interested to know that Kamala Harris - the first black woman and Jamaican/South Asian American to become a vice presidential candidate in the USA has a connection to UWI through her father. 

Her father is Donald J. Harris, who is not only a graduate of the UWI (to be specific a 1960 B. A degree holder of the UCWI) but he was also the Director of the Consortium Graduate School of Social Sciences at UWI from 1986-87. He is Jamaican and is a Professor Emeritus (Economics) of Stanford University. 

Mrs Lorna Callendar awarded 2020 Pelican Award by the UWIAA SKN

At the 4th Annual UWI Global Giving & National Pelican Award Ceremony held on Emancipation Day Saturday 1st August 2020 at the State Room of the historic Government House under the Patronage of His Excellency The Governor General Sir. S.W. Tapley Seaton. 

UWI Software Engineering students celebrate end of two years of study in China

A group of twenty-six students from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) recently completed the China component of a 2+2 Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering with a concentration in mobile application technologies. The group which spent the past two years studying at the Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) in Suzhou, China is the inaugural class of The UWI- China Institute of Information Technology (UWI-CIIT).

Kavell Joseph

UWI alumna Kavell Joseph is currently a technical youth employment specialist at Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE). Kavell is an attorney from the Commonwealth jurisdiction of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds an LLM in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Laws from The UWI.

The UWI’s senior leadership portfolios expand

Among the decisions taken at the sitting of the annual meeting of University Council last month was the assignment of additional duties to Pro Vice-Chancellors and Campus Principals. This, in keeping with the University’s current COVID-19 cost-cutting and cost-containment strategies.

Consistent with the Council’s approval to restructure its senior leadership portfolios, Dr Luz Longsworth, with effect from July 1, 2020, will assume responsibility for the oversight of the University’s global affairs in addition to her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus. 

UWI among world’s top Golden Age universities

The UWI is now among the world’s top 100 Universities in new rankings released by Times Higher Education (THE) in the category - ‘Golden Age University Rankings’. This covers established higher education institutions across the world that have been around for 50 to 80 years.

Alumnus Earl Jarrett elected Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica

UWI Graduate Earl Jarrett was elected from among the four selected commissioners of the ECJ in keeping with the Electoral Commission (Interim) Act 2006 which states that “the selected commissioners shall elect one of their number to be chairman of the commission and so inform the governor general”. The ECJ comprises nine members  the director of elections, four selected commissioners, and four nominated commissioners, two nominated on the advice of the prime minister and two on the advice of the leader of the Opposition.

We celebrate the life and service of Mrs Austin Alleyne, retired Campus Registrar of The UWI Cave Hill Campus

Born on January 15, 1932, she received her early education at the then St. Michael Girls’ School and Queen’s College in Barbados.  She later received a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Education from the University College of the West Indies and a M.S. Education in University Administration from Indiana University.

UWI OC Belize – New Head of Site

Dr Sharmayne Saunders has been appointed as Head of Site, Open Campus Belize.

She has built a 25-year career in business, consultancy and academia. Following several leadership roles in the private sector, Dr Saunders joined The UWI Open Campus in 2008 as Programme Officer and was also a Course Facilitator/Lecturer for undergraduate, postgraduate and continued professional education courses. She continues to provide postgraduate research teaching and supervision to many students

Dr Samantha Nicholson-Spence

Dr Samantha Nicholson-Spence is a medical internist who heads the Department of Medicine at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). After graduating from The UWI with her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2007, she did her internship at KPH, and has worked there since. Even while she completed her residency at the University of Miami, she kept in touch and was on a flight back to Kingston right after her last exam.

UWI St Augustine appoints first female Professor of Science

The UWI St Augustine has appointed the first female Professor of Science, Professor Judith Gobin. She is also Head of the Department of Life Sciences, the largest Department in the Faculty of Science and Technology. Not only is she an academic but she has contributed significantly at the national, regional and global level to promote and apply scientific knowledge to solve real-world problems.”

Nikki Bradley, UWI Alumna, Joins the Law Firm Barrett & Farahany

Nikki Bradley, an alumna of the University of the West Indies, has joined the employment law firm Barrett & Farahany in Atlanta, Georgia, as an associate.

Nikki earned her Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations in 2005. She later earned her law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

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