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-speaking Caribbean, UWI is committed to the high quality education and development of the region through the training of its human resources, by conducting research, through the delivery of advisory services to governments as well as to the private sector and by forging links with other institutions in the wider region and the rest of the world.

The University has expanded to four campuses that serve diverse countries and communities across the Caribbean region: - Cave Hill (Barbados); Mona (Jamaica); St. Augustine (Trinidad & Tobago); and the Open Campus (Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago). Centres at each offer pre-university professional development, undergraduate and graduate courses and programmes in online and blended learning formats.

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.