The Birth of The University of the West Indies
Before the Second World War, only Codrington College in Barbados provided higher education at degree level for Caribbean people. Codrington College was founded through the will of Colonel Christopher Codrington, who died in 1710. Although it was the intention of the benefactor that it should train physicians, it never achieved this goal. In 1829, the College became affiliated with Durham University in Britain, and until 1953 offered degrees in classics, the humanities and theology, training teachers and clergy for most of the Caribbean. But anyone seeking a medical education went outside of the region, to the United Kingdom, Canada or the United States of America.