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Region’s first Net Zero Energy Building to be constructed at The UWI

Cconstruction of the Caribbean’s first Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) is to commence shortly at The University of the West Indies (UWI). 
Ground was broken yesterday (May 10) for the approximately J$61.48 million (US$500,000) project, which will be situated along Gibraltar Way on the Mona campus. It is intended to serve as a prototype for the construction of similar structures in the region.
The project is being implemented by UWI’s Institute for Sustainable Development, with technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and funding from the Global Environment Facility.

Celebrating 50 years of Geography at UWI and in the Caribbean region

Week of conference activities, Mona campus, June 27th to July 1st, 2016
The first cohort of geography undergraduates entered UWI Mona in October 1965, and the Department of Geography & Geology and the Jamaican Geographical Society are celebrating this milestone with a week of activities. Alumni from Jamaica, the wider Caribbean region, and elsewhere are invited to join former lecturers, current staff and students to celebrate geography's special contribution to the regional nature of our University and to the professional development of its Caribbean alumni. The week will provide an opportunity for reunion for many classes and associates of the Department as well as networking.

UWI Team Placed First in the “Communicating Chemistry: Caribbean Cuisine" International Competition

The Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division (AGFD) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) hosted a unique student competition: “Communicating Chemistry: Caribbean Cuisine (C4),” at the 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, CA; where a team comprising four students from The University of the West Indies Mona Campus placed first. Participating students from the Department of Chemistry were Rajeve Brooks, Nadine Whyte, Mario Christie and Shorna Smith.

MSBM wins award for "Best Disaster Risk Management new academic offering " at International Disaster Risk Management in Business Education Workshop

Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) won the award for the best whitepaper featuring disaster risk management as a new academic offering at a workshop held at the Shulich Business School, York University in Toronto Canada, March 23-24, 2016. .  MSBM's submission titled: "Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Management Education” was co-authored by Dr Indianna Minto-Coy and Dr Lila Rao-Graham. The paper will be published as part of the proceedings from the event as well as a book chapter in a forthcoming publication from Emerald Publishing. 

UWI Launches Giving Campaign: Educate and Emancipate

Increasing global economic challenges are not only impacting businesses, but non-profit institutions alike. Wading these challenges means that higher education institutions in the non-profit sector must seek new fundraising strategies. On Friday April 8, 2016, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, will launch the first UWI Global Giving Week at The University’s Regional Headquarters in Mona, Jamaica. Other launches will follow at the other physical campuses in Cave Hill, Barbados, and St Augustine, Trinidad. 


A team of Level 2 electronics engineers, electronics and computer science students from the Faculty of Science & Technology at The UWI, Mona placed 3rd in the IEEE international Robotics competition held Saturday, April 2 in Virginia USA. They competed against 46 universities within southeast USA.

Team members were: Yekini Wallen-Bryan – team captain; Paulo Williams, Richard Harris, Aisha Robinson, Khalid Sharpe, Sean McBean, Jason Brown, Locksley Murray, Kriston Kong and Dane Miller. Mr. Lindon Falconer was the Lecturer/team advisor.

New Executive Director for UWI’s International Consulting Company

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Lisa Cummins to the post of Executive Director of The UWI Consulting Company (UWIC) effective March 1, 2016.


The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), His Excellency Yukiya Amano will make an official visit to Jamaica on Monday, April 4, 2016. As part of the visit, Mr. Amano will be a special guest on The UWI, Mona Campus where he will tour the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) meet with students who are pursuing the Medical Physics degree programme offered by the Department of Physics, and pay a courtesy call on Mona Campus Principal, Prof Archibald McDonald. 

UWI Tackles Caribbean Emergency Response to Zika and Beyond

 Experts agree that the region needs better infrastructure and stronger health systems. Caribbean countries are not equipped to respond to the region’s next public health emergency, and must take urgent steps to coordinate national and regional emergency response strategies. That was the consensus among international experts and senior regional officials from across the Caribbean who met in Bridgetown, Barbados on March 4-5 for a Zika Symposium to discuss implementing a harmonised regional response to the Zika virus.  


The University of the West Indies, Mona is pleased to announce the promotion of Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities & Education, Dr. Halden Morris, to the rank of Professor, effective September 23, 2015. 

Dr. Morris holds a diploma in Technical Education from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, the Bachelor of Science (BSc), Hons, in Electrical Technology (1981), the Master of Science (MSc) in Technical Education (Electrical) (1982), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Occupational Education (1986)   from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA.

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