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The UWI secures 2000 COVID-19 Test Kits and High-tech Testing Machines for Jamaica New

The UWI secures 2000 COVID-19 test kits and high-tech testing machines for Jamaica

From Left: Dr Varough Deyde – Director, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Caribbean Regional Office;

UWI launches 2020 Giving Campaign to help students affected by COVID-19 pandemic

August is Global Giving month at The University of the West Indies (The UWI).

The regional University is calling on its community of alumni, partners and friends regionally and internationally to support students whose finances, and that of their parents, have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launching on August 1, the crowdfunding campaign, UWI Global Giving, encourages persons to give small contributions to the University—as little as US$10 online via www.uwi.edu/giving. The collective proceeds will fund scholarships and bursaries for the students in need as The UWI’s new academic year and classes are set to resume at the end of the month.

Owen Arthur: The Activist Prime Minister

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, in tribute to the late

Rt. Honourable Owen Arthur.

Arthur was authorised by the elders of his era to lead the economic development charge of the region. As a consequence, there was no other passion that competed with his commitment to the economic advancement of Caribbean people.

The UWI expresses sympathy on the passing of Professor of Practice and former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur

The UWI expresses sympathy on the passing of Professor of Practice and former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur

. “Owen Arthur, without a doubt, is one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century Caribbean. Emerging from the second generation of nation builders he was a successful champion of the most important discourses of his time. We knew him as a quintessential regionalist and a leader in development economics. He was also a humanist with deep commitment to social justice.”

UWI to Protect CARICOM in the European Union New Partnership with EUI set to deepen ties

UWI to Protect CARICOM in the European Union New Partnership with EUI set to deepen tiesA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the European University Institute (EUI), is expected to deepen ties between the Caribbean and Europe and help The UWI protect the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the European Union (EU).

The UWI extends condolences on the passing of Dame Edris Mercier Bird PhD, DCN

dr. edris bird

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) joins the nation of Antigua and Barbuda in mourning the passing of Dame Edris Bird.

Dame Edris, an educator par excellence, was the Resident Tutor for The UWI Open Campus in Antigua and Barbuda, then known as the Department of Extra-Mural Studies and later, The School of Continuing Studies. She was a stalwart leader in education and a symbol of selfless humanity. She served at the University from 1965 to 1990.

The UWI Open Campus Appoints two Senior Managers

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus is pleased to announce the appointment of two Senior Managers to the positions of Deputy Principal and Director of the Open Campus Country Sites (OCCS).  These appointments will take effect on August 1, 2020.

Dr Francis O. Severin, Deputy Principal

The UWI Surpasses High Reputation with New Top 100 Universities’ Ranking

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is now among a list of the world’s top 100 Universities in new rankings released by Times Higher Education (THE).

On June 24, THE revealed its ‘Golden Age University Rankings’ of established higher education institutions across the world that have been around for 50 to 80 years. Based on years of existence, this category compares institutions established between 1945 and 1967, using the same criteria and methodology as the World Rankings. According to THE, “the ranking takes its name from what was a ‘Golden Age’ in global higher education, characterised by rapid university expansion and increasing investment in research.”

A New Day in Guyana

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Professor of Economic History.

Sometimes it requires a personal rather than political or professional perspective to see beyond the borders of a seemingly divisive circumstance, and to offer a dispassionate comment. I was named by my father after his cousin, Hilary Alfonso McDonald Beckles. “HAM Beck”, as he was called, was little known in our native Barbados, but his contribution to nation building in Guyana is well respected. In the late 1940s he fled “Bim” for “BG”. He taught classics for near three decades at Queens College in Georgetown, where he also became principal.


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