The UWI honours first Vice-Chancellor

“W. Arthur Lewis Day” carded for on 23 January amid 70th anniversary celebrations.
The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has declared 23 January, 2018, “W Arthur Lewis Day”. As The UWI celebrates its 70th anniversary, its Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) will commemorate the work of Sir Arthur, the University’s first Vice-Chancellor, and celebrate 70 years of research contributions to economic policy and process in the Caribbean.

St. Lucian born Economist, Sir W. Arthur Lewis was a Nobel Prize Laureate (1979) as well as a former President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). His legacy surrounds pioneering research in economic growth and development—particularly involving developing countries. Although the institute named in his honour was established in August 1999, its origins stem from 1948 when the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) was founded. ISER later merged with the Consortium Graduate School of Social Sciences (CGSSS) in 1985 and was later renamed after Lewis.

W. Arthur Lewis Day will see a series of events hosted across the University’s Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine campuses including forums to discuss the current relevance of Lewis’ work amid the economic challenges facing the region. An outline of the day’s activities at each campus follows:

Cave Hill

  • 10:30 a.m. (Barbados time) – Round Table Discussion themed: Relevance of W. Arthur Lewis’s Work to the Challenges of Caribbean Development.
    Venue: Cave Hill School of Business


  • 9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Jamaica time) – Vice-Chancellor’s Forum themed: Economic Transformation with Social Growth: Arthur Lewis’s Contribution.
    Venue: The UWI Regional Headquarters
  • 1:00p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Jamaica time) – Open House featuring exhibits on the research of the last 70 years, including by the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (1948) to the current SALISES, and presentations on teaching and research programmes by alumni and SALISES Research Fellows.
    Venue: SALISES

St. Augustine

  • 9:00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (Trinidad and Tobago time) – All day symposium on the life and work of Sir Arthur Lewis.
    Venue: Teaching and Learning Centre.
  • 7:00 p.m. (Trinidad and Tobago time) – Distinguished Lecture by Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham, UK themed: Sir W. Arthur Lewis and the Possibility of Development.
    Venue: Daaga Auditorium on the St. Augustine Campus.