Reflections from the Vice-Chancellor

ONE LOVE/ ONE UWI #16 | A Message from the Vice-Chancellor

A Series from the Vice-Chancellor “University leadership and consequently management are as much a science as they are an art.” [Sir Alister McIntyre] Congratulations COVID Class: 2020-21 Another exciting academic year beckons; another grand welcoming of new students and staff; another opportunity to refresh our bonds with returning students and staff; and another year to […]

Tony had a highly developed and sophisticated humility and humanity

The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles on the passing of the Honourable Antony Hart, OJ, CD, JP, LLD. The University of the West Indies (The UWI) salutes one of the great sons of Jamaica, the Honourable Antony Hart, OJ, CD, JP, LLD. He was a legend […]

ONE LOVE/ONE UWI #15 | Message from the Vice-Chancellor

A Message to the Caribbean Time To Advance: No Time to Retreat You the class of 2020 will graduate as the first “Post-COVID” generation; one that the region will need more than ever. Our economic and social development will require larger numbers of academic and technically trained citizens. This generation will be the ones called […]

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 […]

ONE LOVE/ONE UWI #14 | Message from the Vice-Chancellor

A Series from the Vice-Chancellor “In the short run, European racism seemed to have done Europeans no harm, and they used those erroneous ideas to justify their further domination of non-European people in the colonial epoch. But the international proliferation of bigoted and unscientific racist ideas are bound to have its negative consequences in the […]

Vice-Chancellor’s Tribute to Sir Everton | The Way of the Prophet

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI. In 1951, the global cricket fraternity expressed its peer appreciation for Sir Everton and designated him the best batsman in the game. In this selection and elevation he became the first Barbadian to be classified and celebrated as number one in […]

Bye George: America’s Last Dance

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, President of Universities Caribbean, and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. Two thousand years ago, a young Galilean in his proselytising prime was arrested and pinned to a wooden cross by armed imperial police. In full public view, he was tortured […]

Marcus, Martin, and Minneapolis

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, President of Universities Caribbean, and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. Martin Luther King Jr, when he felt he could not breathe came to Jamaica. When the threats to his life were constant and closing in around his neck, he took […]

What A Hero This Hickling!

The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles in tribute to the late Frederick W. Hickling, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, The UWI. Freddie my friend and psychic freedom fighter was an inspiration to many generations. We met in Birmingham and he embraced me as a Jamaican. From UK […]

ONE LOVE/ONE UWI #9 | Message from the Vice-Chancellor

A Series from Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles The senior executive leadership of The University of the West Indies—the Campus Principals, Pro Vice-Chancellors, University Bursar, University Registrar, and I—have all committed to allocating a percentage of our salaries for the next three months towards a student hardship fund. The aim of the fund is to promote […]

ONE LOVE/ONE UWI #8 | Message from the Vice-Chancellor

A Series from Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles “In another life I’ll let the overgrowth grow over me, once in a while not pass the afternoon hedge clipping. Come to think of it, maybe I’ll not keep a hedge, nor hedge my bets nor live so much in parenthesis. I’ll study the passions and subtleties of […]

Saving the Caribbean

The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. The opportunity to participate in last week’s CARICOM Heads of Government meeting served to focus my mind around the existential threat to the Caribbean posed by the COVID-19 virus. Caribbean imagination can be forgiven if it is beginning to head […]