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Two UWI Professors earn title of "Professor Emeritus"

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce that it has approved recommendations to confer the title of ‘Emeritus’ on Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry, Ishenkumba Kahwa and Professor of Management Information Systems Evan W. Duggan.

The ‘Emeritus’ designation generally allows former office-holders of The UWI to retain their titles of ‘Professor’ after retirement.


Ishenkumba Kahwa officially concluded his time at the University of The West Indies on September 30th, 2018 having served the University for a total of 31 years spanning 1987 to 2018. He made significant contributions to the development of the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Technology and the UWI on a whole.

He has served as Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry since 2000, Head of the Department of Chemistry (2002-2008), Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (formerly Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences) for the period 2008-2013 and Deputy Principal at the Mona Campus (2013-2018).

During the period 2004-2008 he was a member of the Campus’ Strategic Transformation Team which developed strategies for improving scholarly output on the Mona Campus. As Dean he initiated curriculum reform and modernization efforts and led initial efforts to establish Engineering programmes at Mona.

As Deputy Principal, he presided over a team of negotiators for a highly successful Private Public Partnership (PPP) worth J$4 billion for new dormitories. In collaboration with several local and international stake holders he led the development and establishment of a new suite of B.Sc, M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (OESH). The programmes, hosted by the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science and Technology, began in September 2006 under Prof. Kahwa’s leadership and were introduced at the UWI St Augustine Campus in 2009.

Among his many achievements since he joined The UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica in 1987, Prof Kahwa has established a research programme focused on how charged species (ions) derived from metal atoms interact and influence each other either through their intrinsic electronic behaviours or cooperative chemical or physical activity. Systems containing such interacting ions have potential as efficient medical diagnostics and therapeutics, catalysts or as inputs for the preparation of new generations of sophisticated materials.

He has collaborated with his students (13 PhD; 6 M.Phil.) to prepare and determine the precise identities of a series of new molecules featuring clusters of 1-6 metal ions that are within short distances from each other. Many of these systems have fascinating magnetic and electronic behaviours that are readily probed by using laser beams. The first such molecule was discovered and published by Prof. Kahwa’s team in 1989. Prof. Kahwa established a laser laboratory at UWI Mona, which at present includes powerful lasers, super-cold facilities and associated electronic and computational instruments. Over 60 refereed publications have resulted from the work of Prof. Kahwa and his team. Prof. Kahwa served as Regional Editor for the journal Molecules and has been a reviewer of manuscripts submitted for publication considerations by several journals. He has been Co-Chair and host of several conferences and symposia including the 5th International Symposium on Macro- and Supra-molecular Architectures and Materials (MAM-10) in Jamaica in 2010 and Cariscience Conference and Annual Meeting (2013).

Prof Kahwa also received several awards for his work including: Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD) (2016) (Jamaica Government); CARICOM Science Award (2011), Gleaner Award for Science and Technology (2003), Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Public Services (2004), Fellow of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (formerly: Third World Academy of Sciences) (TWAS) (2012). UWI Mona Awards for Research Excellence (several Principal’s research awards).

He is a member of the High Level Panel for the Pan African University (African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia since 2014) and the CARICOM Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chaired by Prime Minister of Grenada (since 2014). He is Co-Chair of the Committee developing a science technology and innovation policy for Jamaica and has served as Chief Judge for the Innovation Awards since 2012. Recently he was asked to serve as a member of the oversight Committee for the re-construction of Cornwall Regional Hospital. He was the Chairman, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee (Jamaica Vision 2030) and Co-Chair Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Development Committee. He has been co-author of the CARICOM countries Chapter of the five yearly UNESCO Status of Science Report since 2005.

He has been Board Chairman, The Hazardous Substances Regulatory Authority since its establishment in 2016 and serves/served on several boards including: The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST, 2014 to date); Jamaica National Accreditation Council, (2012 to date); International Centre for Environmental & Nuclear Sciences (1999 to date; since 2017 as the Deputy Chairman); Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) and EHF Resources, 2015 to date); Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, (2008-2010); Technology Solutions (since 2019); Member, Jamaica Nominating Committee of the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence (since 2018).

The Department of Chemistry, the Faculty of Science and Technology and by extension, The UWI, has benefited immeasurably from the combination of Ishenkumba Kahwa’s energy, resourcefulness and his love for and commitment to improving The UWI standings. To that end, the title of "Professor Emeritus" was conferred upon him by The UWI, Mona.


Professor Evan W. Duggan officially concluded his time at the University of the West Indies on July 31, 2014 upon retirement. After having served for two (2) years as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, he continued his Deanship on two consecutive post-retirement contracts, until 2016. Professor Duggan served the University of the West Indies for a total of ten years, having been with the Department of Management Studies (now the Mona School of Business and Management) as a Professor since 2006.

He began his career in industry with Alcan, Jamaica where he attained the highest level in the Information Systems (IS) field, equivalent to today’s Chief Information Officer. This was followed by an outstanding career in academia, first with the University of Alabama and then with The University of the West Indies. His impact, in terms of teaching and learning, at The UWI was felt even before he was appointed to a full-time position as he would visit Jamaica to lecture in the Masters programme in Computer-Based Management Information Systems. The students always spoke highly of his teaching skills and, perhaps more importantly, of his interest in ensuring that they succeeded in their academic endeavours. These qualities remained with him throughout his career at The UWI. In 2005, while on sabbatical leave from the University of Alabama, he was appointed visiting professor for one year; he never left as he took on a permanent position as a Professor of Management Information Systems in 2006. His impact was immediate and lasting.

Professor Duggan played an integral role in the design, implementation and management of the PhD in Information Systems programme. This programme, at the time, was novel to UWI in terms of its design, as it was structured to have a two-year taught component followed by a dissertation. It was also a one-time delivery for a core of students and intended to increase expertise in the then new field of information systems. The limited expertise in the field locally also gave rise to a key component of the success of the programme - the participation of overseas academics, some of whom were members of the diaspora, in the supervision of students.

The success of the programme can, in large part, be attributed to Prof Duggan; not only did he supervise or sit on the supervisory committee for several students but, importantly, it was his networking skills that won the commitment of international scholars. The success of the programme can be measured by the students’ completion rate, their research output, the number of the graduates of the programme who are now key members of the academic community of UWI and the continued support given, in various ways, by some of the supervisors. The same structure was later used for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme and again Professor Duggan was not only integral in its conception, in terms of its design and approval, but also in the teaching and supervision of students. No matter their level, his interest in and mentorship of students has been exemplary.

During his time as Professor of Management Information Systems, he took on substantial administrative roles. By 2007, he was the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2008, he was appointed Executive Director of the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), an appointment which lasted for four years.

While at Mona School of Business and Management, Professor Duggan worked assiduously to improve the image of the School. He was instrumental in gaining Association of MBA’s (AMBA) accreditation for the Master of Business Administration programme in 2011. AMBA describes its accreditation as the highest standard in Postgraduate Business Education and it is recognised internationally as the global standard for all Master of Business Administration, Master in Business Management and Doctor of Business Administration programmes.

Professor Duggan has supervised seven doctoral students to completion between 2009 and 2016, with several others in process and served on the dissertation committees of over fifteen others. He has also taught a variety of courses including the Research Process, Decision Sciences, Information Systems Management, Information Technology and Business Strategy, Information Technology, Governance, Operations Management, Electronic Commerce, Database Management, Systems Analysis and Design, Software Development and Statistical Analysis.

He established the Professional Services Unit (PSU) with the objective of diversifying the revenue streams of the School thereby placing less reliance on graduate degree tuition fees. This Unit has been extremely successful in fulfilling this mandate through executive education, customised training and management consulting. The Unit has also strengthened relationships between Mona School of Business and Management and, by extension the wider University, and the business community. He also established the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for IT-enabled innovation. The work of this unit has also built relationships with the business 3 community locally and internationally and has been at the forefront of advocacy and research in Open Development approaches. He is a founding member of the Caribbean Open Institute – the regional hub in the global Open Data for Development Network.

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