The UWI focused on entrepreneurship

Vice-Chancellor urges Awards for Excellence winners to continue outstanding work

Among its many achievements for 2018, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) celebrated the service and successes of its academic, senior administrative and professional staff members on October 29. Climate Scientists, a Marijuana Decriminalisation Advisor, and innovators in teaching, research, and public service were among those recognised at the 2017/2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence held at the Mona Campus’ Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre in Jamaica.

The awardees were Dr. Helen Trotman-Edwards, Department of Child and Adolescent Health, Mona Campus; Dr. Srinivasa Popuri, Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Cave Hill Campus; Professor John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji, Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, Mona Campus; Professor Wendel Abel, Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, Mona Campus; Professor Ian Boxill, Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, Mona Campus; the Regional Climate Science Initiative (RCSI) Project, Climate Studies Group, Department of Physics, Mona Campus; the International Fine Cocoa Innovation Centre (IFCIC) Project, Cocoa Research Centre, St. Augustine Campus; and the Global to Local Caribbean Socio-Economic Climate Change (Adaptation and Mitigation Scenarios) (GoLoCarSce) Project, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine Campus.

In his remarks, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles congratulated the recipients for their “persistence in excellence”. He referred to the University’s stellar achievements throughout the year, particularly noting its 70th anniversary milestone and place among the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. He urged awardees to continue their outstanding work, adding, “These rankings that reflect our excellence are not meant to constitute a mirror within which we gaze and celebrate ourselves. They are meant to give us confidence for the next 30 years as we move to our centenary.”

Vice-Chancellor Beckles also spoke about The UWI’s evolution as an entrepreneurially driven institution. He said that in a bid to develop alternative models to boost financial stability, the University is working, “to move the excellence of its research into the commercial space, and has given each faculty and department a remit to have spin-off companies to take their research to market.”

He stated further, that the University had begun talks with the UK’s University of Coventry, “which has established its reputation in Britain as the number one university for industry, academic partnership and the commercialization of university research,” towards the creation of a soon-to-be-launched UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry and Academic Partnerships.”

Photo caption: Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, (4th from the right) with the 2017/2018 recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence at The UWI, Mona Campus on October 29, 2018.