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UWI Awardees Challenged to Sustain Caribbean Excellence

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles called for a concerted effort to sustain excellence in the Caribbean. He was delivering the address at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence 2015/2016 on Thursday 19 October, 2016, when the regional University honoured six persons and one department for exemplary service. The seven recipients were:

·  Dr Farid Youssef, Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences, St Augustine Campus | Excellence Award for Teaching.

·  Professor Jayaraj Jayaraman, Department of Life Sciences, St Augustine Campus | Excellence Award for Research Accomplishments

UWI Recognises Excellence with Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

Seven awards for excellence will be presented at The UWI’s 2015/2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. A University tradition for more than 20 years, the awards recognise excellence in teaching, administration and research accomplishments, service to the university community, contributions to public service, and all-round excellence in a combination of two or more of these core areas. A departmental award is also given for service and operational excellence. The presentation ceremony which is rotated annually among The University’s four campuses takes place on 19 October, 2016 at The UWI St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.  

The 2015/2016 awardees are as follows: 


Lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona, Dr. Henroy Scarlett, has been elected as the Chair, International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) Region of the Americas, which includes the USA, Canada, Jamaica, and Haiti. He has also been appointed as a Director on the Board of the IFEH. 


All offices of The University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona Campus will reopen for normal operations on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  Members of staff should therefore report for duty at their regular times. 

 Classes will resume on Thursday October 6, 2016. Residential students who returned home should ensure that they move back on to their respective halls of residence in time to resume classes. 

 All examinations scheduled for Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th, will take place as planned. 

The University of the West Indies, Mona encourages members of the community to take all precautions to ensure their own safety and that of their families.





Owing to the erratic behavior of Hurricane Matthew, The University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona Campus is unable to say when normal operations at the institution will resume. 

Staff and students should not return to the Campus until advised that it is safe to do so. The UWI, Mona will continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM).  A further Advisory will be issued as soon as the system has passed.   

 The University of the West Indies, Mona encourages members of the community to take all precautions to ensure their own safety and that of their families.



The UWI, SUNY Launch Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and The State University of New York (SUNY) have launched the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development on September 20, 2016 at the SUNY Global Center in New York. The Center will build on areas identified in previous UWI-SUNY analyses while also including research relevant to democratic participation, leadership, and governance, with a focus on solutions to specific problems constraining the achievement of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, and also focus on serving groups that have faced barriers to equal opportunities.

Archiving Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture at the 35th Annual West Indian Literature Conference

The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona, in association with The Western Jamaica Campus, will host the 35th annual West Indian Literature Conference at the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay from October 6-8, 2016 under the theme “Archiving Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture”. Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, who will shortly retire from the Department of Literatures in English after 35 years of service to the UWI, will be one of three keynote speakers at the conference. Other keynote speakers are National Archivist, Mr. John Aarons O.D. and Professor of Cinematic Studies, Indiana University, Dr. Terri Francis. 

Eleven Honorary Degrees at The UWI 2016 Graduation Ceremonies

Members of the Council of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) approved 11 honorary degrees to be awarded at the University’s 2016 graduation ceremonies. The ceremonies are expected to kick off at the Open Campus in St Kitts and Nevis on 8 October, followed by the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados on 15 October, the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago on 20-22 October and will conclude with the Mona Campus in Jamaica on 28-29 October.


The third Rastafari Studies Conference and General Assembly will be hosted by the Rastafari Studies Centre – Special Project, Office of the Principal, UWI Mona in collaboration with the Rastafari Community from August 14 – 21, 2016. The conference will be situated on the Mona and Western Jamaica Campuses of the University of the West Indies and in the general Rastafari Community at venues to be announced.  The theme for this year’s conference is The African Millennium in Perspective: Rastafari Business Enterprise Development. All are invited to participate.

Countdown to UWI’s Global Giving Week

Amidst increasing global and regional economic challenges, The UWI is making concerted efforts to create innovative and sustainable funding channels. A series of launch events—in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, and in the diaspora communities in New York and Washington—have successfully set the stage for the inaugural UWI Global Giving Week.  

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