For the past six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has been a leader
in higher education in the region. Established in 1948 initially as an external College
of the University of London and made fully independent through the Royal Charter
granted by King George VI in 1962, UWI is the oldest fully regional institution of
higher learning in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Supported by and serving fifteen countries
in the English-
The University has expanded to four campuses that serve diverse countries and communities
across the Caribbean region: -
Through its seven faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science & Agriculture, and Social Sciences. The University of the West Indies currently has a total enrolment of approximately 40,000 students; it graduates annually approximately 5,800 students (at undergraduate, graduate and diploma levels) and has alumni numbering well over 90,000.
The University of the West Indies has an exceptional record of producing leaders in the Caribbean and wider world. The vast majority of Caribbean Rhodes Scholars, as well as more than 18 current and former Prime Ministers, are UWI alumni.
UWI provides leadership in research, particularly in areas of importance to the region. UWI has a network of internationally recognized research centres and institutes that play a vital role in the expansion and strengthening of research in areas where the University has proven competitive advantages.
The University of the West Indies is the largest resource for knowledge creation and knowledge application in the region. No other grouping in the Caribbean comprises as many diverse thinkers and technical experts working assiduously to translate knowledge into policy and positive action through close collaboration with governments, the private sector and other stakeholders in order to address the challenges of Caribbean island states and the wider world.