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The UWI and Brock University: Canada-Caribbean Institute

L-R – H.E. Laurie Peters, Professor Gervan Fearon, Hon. Kamina Johnson Lewis and Professor Sir Hilary Beckles at the launch event

On February 17, 2020, The UWI and Canada’s Brock University launched a joint institute to promote, transform, and upgrade two hundred years of solid relations that have facilitated Caribbean development. Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, who was a quiet but effective supporter of the project from the beginning, was in attendance, along with officials from both universities.  The launch ceremony was followed by a two-day symposium on Canada-Caribbean relations.

Joint Conference of the Society for Economic Botany (SEB) and the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) will be hosted by the UWI Mona Campus

The Joint Conference of the Society for Economic Botany (SEB) and the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) will be hosted by the UWI Mona Campus on 31st May – 4th June 2020. The conference is expected to host between 300-350 delegates from over 50 countries under the title ‘Out of Many, One People: Biocultural Diversity across Borders.’ 

Young Alumni Advocates (YAA) launched!

The YAA, a group “powered by the Alumni Ambassadors of the Vice Chancellor’s UWI STAT Ambassadorial Corps will operate regionally and internationally as an active resource network for each other as well as young graduates and will visibly promote alumni engagement and interact with their respective campuses.

2020 UWIAA NYC Chapter Pelican Awardee

Photo Credit: Margo Jordan.   (L-R) H.E. Pennelope Beckles - 2019 Pelican Awardee, Celia Davidson Francis -  Director of Alumni Relations – UWI, Dr Gerald White Davis – Co-Chair UWIAA New York Chapter, Dr Godfrey Gibbison - 2020 Pelican Awardees, Mr Chris

Dr. Godfrey A. Gibbison - Phd, MSc, BSc; was awarded the UWIAA New York Chapter’s 2020 Pelican Award at the American Foundation for UWI Gala on February 19, 2020 at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan New York. Dr. Gibbison hails from the farming community of Contrivance in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He is the last of seven children who were raised primarily by the matriarch of the family after his father passed.

Dr. Paul Ramphal: improving the cardiology skills of medical students

UWI graduate, Dr Paul Ramphal, the inventor of a heart simulator as a cardiac surgery training tool for students of the Faculty of Medical Sciences reports on the progress of his invention. This simulator allows students to practice cardiac surgery procedures without having to practice on humans. The patent for the simulator is owned 50% by himself, Professor Daniel Coore and Dr Michael Craven, who helped him implement and develop it; and 50% by UWI. The technology has been licensed to KindHeart Ltd, a start-up based in Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA.

UWI Open Campus St. Lucia awards Regional Development Foundation recipients

Several students were the proud recipients of Certificates from the UWI Open Campus St Lucia on January 31, 2020. The occasion saw the attendance of 45 graduates along with representatives from the university and various organizations, including the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation.

Former Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale is leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands

Former Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale is leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands to take up a position as a judge of the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands. When she was appointed to the Turks and Caicos Islands judiciary in 2011, Ramsay-Hale became the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court. In September 2014, she again made history, becoming the Islands’ first female chief justice.

UWI STAT Representing Regionally and Internationally

UWI STAT was invited by the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) to participate in the  6th Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit. Ambassadors from the Mona and St. Augustine UWI STAT Corps participated, as well as Alumni Ambassadors.

The Summit, held from January 21 – 23, 2020, the Hyatt Regency and Conference Center in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, had the theme “Promoting Economic Empowerment- Building Synergies Towards Sustainable Development”.

Asha-Gaye Cowell, PM's Youth Awardee in Leadership for 2019

On November 30, 2019, out of eleven nominees, Asha-Gaye Cowell, UWI STAT Alumni Ambassador and Past President, was one of three awardees of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence for the category of Leadership. Nominations were open to all Jamaican nationals between 15-29 years old, who are living in Jamaica and the Diaspora, and who have attained excellence and world-class achievement. Asha-Gaye who was also the recipient of the 2019 Governor-General Achievement Award for Excellence for the Parish of St.

Management Studies BSc. class of 1980 hosts reunion - May 22-24, 2020.

Graduates from the 1980 Bachelor of Science (BSc.) class of Management Studies will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary since graduating from The UWI by having a Reunion on the weekend of May 22-24, 2020.

Activities for the weekend will include:

UWI Alumni Association’s New York Chapter presents 2020 Pelican Award to Dr. Godfrey Gibbison

The UWI Alumni Association’s New York Chapter will present its 2020 Pelican Award to Dr. Godfrey Gibbison Dean, School of Professional Studies, College of Charleston and Interim Dean of the Graduate School, University of Charleston.

AFUWI hosts 23rd Annual Legacy Awards Gala on February 19, 2020

Special pricing for UWI alumni

  • US$550 for the entire event - that is Cocktail/ Dinner and After Party
  • For Alumni the price is US375 for the entire event - that is Cocktail/Dinner and After Party
  • If you just want to do the Cocktail Reception - that is US$125
  • If you just want to do the After Party - that is US$125

For more information visit

Chancellor's Medal to Sir Roy Augier

Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Robert Bermudez (left) presents the Chancellor's Medal to Prof. Sir Roy Augier at a ceremony at The UWI Regional Headquarters on Friday, January 17, 2020

The Chancellor's Medal was conferred on Sir Roy Augier to a packed house at the UWI Regional Headquarters on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Dr. Ron Darbeau

Dr. Ron Darbeau who is currently Dean of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences, will step down on June 1, 2020 in order to serve as Provost and Vice President for academic affairs at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. He is a UWI graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from The UWI, St Augustine campus, in his native Trinidad, followed by a Master of Science and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

Youth Security the focus of The UWI Open Campus Belize Country Conference 2019

A two-day conference focusing on youths is underway in Belize City was held on Nov 5, 2019. It was hosted by The UWI through its 2019 Belize Country Conference which stimulated discussion related to the topic area: “Youth and Security: Assessing Risks, Mitigating Vulnerabilities, and Improving Wellbeing.”  Issues of gender and equality, youth security and mental health all critical areas that impact the young and vulnerable population were discussed.  

The UWIAA Florida Chapter – invites you to share in their December plans

As the holiday season begins, the board of UWIAA Florida Chapter wishes for you and your family a happy holiday season. Because this season of joy and goodwill would not be the same without getting together, UWI Pelicans who will be in Florida are invited to a Christmas Social on December 13, 2019. There is no charge to attend, but attendees will have the option to support the Chapter’s local outreach and make a donation and are invited to so – and may choose to support one of the following in the spirit of the season:

Filmmaker Franklyn ‘Chappie’ St Juste – remembered

Franklyn ‘Chappie’ St Juste, a master film-maker who positively impacted professionals throughout Caribbean media and culture fraternities was celebrated for his contribution and influence at the UWI Mona Chapel on November 25, 2019. He taught at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the UWI Mona Campus for many years and was behind major film productions The Harder They Come in the 1970s, Children of Babylon, almost a decade later, and the short film The Cool Boys.

UWI STAT Mona Corps

Members of the UWI STAT Mona Corps Executive, as well as Ambassadors Designate, as a part of their National Visit mandate, were hosted by the Jamaican Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information, the Hon. Alando Terrelonge. These visits aim to highlight this Corps of young leaders to the regional governments and the role of UWI STAT in enhancing the Mission of UWI, through national and regional mandates, as well as to promote the Climate Change Advocacy Network and to seek synergies with various government ministries.

Thousands Run or Walk for Student Scholarships at CB UWI5K

The CB UWI 5K took place successfully on November 10, 2019. The event always results in scholarships for the students of the UWI Mona Campus.

The UWI’s Dr. David C. Smith among Scientists who prepared the first Sustainable Development Report

Photo courtesy Scientists who prepared the 2019 UN Global Sustainable Development Report (Dr David Smith is first in back row at right)

Dr. David C. Smith, Coordinator of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) and Director of the Centre for Environmental Management (CEM) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), is one of 15 independent scientists who prepared the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). This inaugural global report, commissioned by the United Nations Secretary General, was launched last month ahead of the 2019 SDG Summit.


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