The UWI Open Campus St Kitts and Nevis, Tuesday, February 21, 2023 – As one of the celebratory activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The University of the West Indies, a group of staff, students and alumni from the Nevis Site of The UWI Open Campus, along with alumni from other UWI campuses, worshipped at the historic St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Charlestown on Sunday, February 19th. In his sermon, Father Cleverton Beckford challenged The University of the West Indies, its staff, students and alumni to work to ensure that genuine equality prevails within Caribbean societies and also for Caribbean countries and people within the broader, international arena.
The University of the West Indies has established itself as a pillar of higher education in the Caribbean through educating and empowering generations of students to have a positive effect on their communities and beyond.
The UWI 75th anniversary is being celebrated across the four campuses and the wider Caribbean region with a range of activities and events. In St Kitts and Nevis, January 7th was declared “UWI Day” by the former Governor-General Sir Tapley Seaton. Locally planned activities include an inter-faith service to be held in March at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Basseterre, St Kitts, social events for alumni and current students, public lectures, a research symposium, a lunch-and-learn series, and other activities. A special invitation is extended to alumni, family and friends of the UWI to attend the 75th anniversary activities.
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The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region for the past 75 years.
From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.
The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean in the World University Rankings, it is also in the top 25 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old). The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.
2023 marks The UWI’s 75th anniversary. The Diamond jubilee milestone themed “UWI at 75. Rooted. Ready. Rising.” features initiatives purposely designed and aligned to reflect on the past, confront the present, and articulate plans for the future of the regional University.
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