Posted: Monday, September 27, 2021. 9:53 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean’s regional university, the University of the West Indies (UWI), continues to be ranked among the top universities in the region and the world, according to Times Higher Education.
Its 2022 rankings group the UWI in the fourth tier (401-500) of universities worldwide, recognizing its work in regional development, climate action, and reparatory justice.
In addition to its campuses at Mona, Jamaica; St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago; Cave Hill, Barbados; Five Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Open Campus with sites across the region including Belize, the UWI has built global partnerships with universities and countries on almost every continent.
The Times says, “The UWI is an activist university with a mission to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the wider world.”
It was active in finding solutions for COVID-19 in the region; it has been designated the lead institution for a Global University Consortium on SDG 13 (Climate Action) in recognition of the University’s decades of research contributions on climate change and sustainable development; and it formed part of the first-ever Caribbean Reparatory Justice initiative, The UWI partnered with Glasgow University in Scotland to create the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research representing a 20-year commitment of a £20 million investment placing it at the forefront of global reparations as a development framework.
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, you can study Carnival at UWI too. Of course; where else would you study Carnival?
The University has produced more than its share of regional and global leaders, Emmy Award, Man Booker Prize and Nobel Prize winners (most notably poet Sir Derek Walcott and economist Sir Arthur Lewis, also a former Vice-Chancellor) and three alumni shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and ex-U.S. vice president Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr, for their contribution to the IPCC as authors of special scientific working group reports.
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