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What will the future of The University of the West Indies look like?

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, June 24, 2016

Dear UWI Friends,

I am optimistic that the future and sustainability of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is secure. On 29 April, 2016, I had the privilege of presenting the 2014-2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Reportfor the first time as Vice-Chancellor. Members of The University Council—The UWI’s governing body—along with guests, gathered at the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago for what is considered our University’s annual business meeting. The report detailed a successful year of our institution’s impact in the Caribbean region.

However, the University Council meeting was not just a presentation of the year-in-review. I am of the firm belief that more important than retrospect is charting our University’s trajectory. With the attention of the Council members and regional and international stakeholders tuned in by livestream, the meeting presented an opportunity to outline our vision for The UWI. As the region faces worsening social and economic challenges, there is opportunity for The UWI to reinsert itself to support the development of the new Caribbean economy. Universities are not built to serve themselves; they are meant to serve their communities and nations. Therefore we see The UWI’s role as The Activist University; one that is constantly and actively engaged in all of the main issues facing this region.

This activist approach will be executed by what we call the Triple-A-Visionfor The UWI. It focuses on alignment of industry and academia, expansion of access to tertiary education and agility to global opportunities. We look forward to joining with you, our stakeholders, to collectively define this vision in a 2018-2023 Strategic Plan that best meets the region’s needs. A great deal of energy went into rethinking the approach of The UWI, focusing on the re-branding of its image and repositioning the University intellectually and conceptually. We are positive that as the strategic plan begins to unfold, the University will become a stronger force within the region and the region will be better off.

Let me close by expressing how deeply grateful I am for your continued interest and support in our UWI. I invite you to view the Vice-Chancellor’s report at to find out more and anticipate your continued engagement on this exciting journey.


Professor Sir Hilary Beckles


The University of the West Indies


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