If your’re looking to enjoy the Caribbean beaches all year round, then the University of the West Indies is your destination. The university offers internationally competitive education to the residents of the 18 Commonwealth countries and territories of the Caribbean.
Since its inception in 1943, the aim of the university has been to "unlock the potential for economic and cultural growth" in the West Indies, a notion that is clearly reflected in UWI’s vision statement: “To be an excellent global university rooted in the Caribbean”.
The university has expanded over the years to include three main campuses: Mona campus in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, and Cave Hill in Barbados. You can choose which country you’d like to study in since each campus houses the schools of humanities and education, law, medical sciences, sciences and technology and social sciences, but if you’re interested in engineering or food and agriculture then head to the St. Augustine campus.
The university has a fourth online-based virtual campus, which is an amalgamation of the university's previous Office of the Board for Non-Campus Countries and Distance Education (BNNCDE), the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), the UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), and the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit (TLIU). The open campus has physical sites that serve all 18 countries simultaneously.
The university has international programmes and partnerships with more then a dozen universities in the USA, Canada, China, Japan, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico. Institutions include the University of Toronto, University of Massachusetts, Yale University and King’s College London, to name a few.
Student societies and clubs are an integral part of campus life. While some of the clubs seek to promote integration among students from the different islands on campus, others such as the Islamic Society and Rotaract foster a spirit of philanthropy among students.
UWI graduates include entrepreneurs, artists and former Carribbean prime ministers and heads of state. Some of the most prominent figures include David A. Granger, president of Guyana, Patrick Lipton Robinson, judge of the International Court of Justice and Derek Walcott, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.