Reflections from the Vice-Chancellor

Hands off the BVI

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. The University of the West Indies (The UWI) joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat from stated political calls to subvert and subordinate the sovereignty of the people of the Virgin Islands. This is the […]

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles reports successful operations and fiscal management at annual UWI Council Meeting

Members of the highest governing body and decision-making authority of The University of the West Indies, the University Council, met on Friday, April 29 for its annual review and deliberation of the regional University’s business affairs. The University Council Meeting is a longstanding governance proceeding during which appointments, the management of the finances, and all […]

Statement from the University on Leaked Report

The University of the West Indies expresses deep concern about the leaked report pertaining to an inquiry by an independent review committee within the University to examine aspects of its human resource framework. The Final Report was submitted to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor on March 17, 2022 under strict security protocols. The Vice-Chancellor has […]

UWI Vice-Chancellor tells Technical Advisory Committees at annual budget meetings: “Our commitment is to improve and change”

On March 8 and 9, the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) met to discuss the regional University’s annual budgets. During the two-day session, hosted by the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, budgets for The UWI’s five campuses, the University Centre, the University Hospital of the […]

Serious preparation needed for the Caribbean in the wake of Russia-Ukraine conflict

Almost three weeks ago, Russian forces invaded Ukraine, the result of which has been described as a full-on war. On Thursday, March 10, The University of the West Indies’ Office of the Vice-Chancellor together with The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) held a Vice-Chancellor’s Forum, examining the current situation and […]

“Liberation Day”

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI. In 1636 the English Governor of Barbados, Henry Hawley, under pressure from slave investors, and with the full support of King Charles I, declared that all black people brought to the island shall be deemed under law non-human, chattel, and property […]

UWI receives US$500,000 reparation payment

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, in response to the University’s receipt of a US$500,000 reparation payment from UK Philanthropist, Bridget Freeman. On the heels of the University of Glasgow’s agreement to enter into a £20 […]

Rise again, Dr. Ralph

The following statement is issued by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI. The University of the West Indies expresses its dismay and disappointment in the development in Kingstown, Saint Vincent that resulted in physical injury to the nation’s honourable and distinguished Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. The event that featured the hurling of […]

The UWI’s Stellar Leadership Confirmed: Times Higher Education 2021 Impact Rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) has released its long-anticipated, prestigious 2021 Global University Rankings for the category—national, regional and international “Impact”. The best universities are ranked using “Impact” as the criterion for measuring their performance excellence. The rankings for 2021 are more competitive than prior years. In 2020, 768 universities were ranked from 85 countries. […]

Rowley and Gonsalves: UWI Sciences battle with them

As The University of the West Indies (The UWI) stands in active solidarity with the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, urging them to remain defiant in the fury of La Soufrière, it also continues to reach out to Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley as he battles […]