The University of the West Indies celebrates 70!

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region. Since its inception in 1948, The UWI has been a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of our people.

In 2018, The UWI celebrates its evolution from a university college in Jamaica with 33 medical students to an internationally respected regional university with near 50,000 students. With four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus with sites throughout the region, the university has demonstrated its relevance and quality as a site of excellence in the Caribbean. It has won the respect of universities globally, enabling the establishment of partnering centres in North America, Asia, and Africa. Its alumni are found in all areas of public life and have brought the university tremendous honour through their regional and global achievements and contributions.

As The UWI commemorates its 70th anniversary milestone, it will celebrate its students, faculty, administrators, alumni, governments, and partners in the public and private sector. It will focus on reflection as well as projection for the future with an emphasis on social justice and the economic transformation of the region.

70th Anniversary Events and Activities

The 70th anniversary year of celebrations began with an Inter-faith service at The UWI Chapel, Mona Campus in Jamaica on Sunday 7 January, 2018.

Stay up-to-date on all the 70th anniversary events and activities happening across the Caribbean and diaspora this year.


We’re looking forward to welcoming you, July 23-29, for a week of reunions and celebrations like no other. So don’t delay in organising your tickets and packages to be part of the ultimate UWI homecoming week. Chancellor’s Week 2018 offers a diverse and exciting programme of free and paid events which include academic gatherings, an awards function, parties and other entertainment, catering to the interests of the various age cohorts of The UWI family and the general public.

It’s set to be one of the highlights of a year-long celebration of the University’s legacy of “70 years of service, 70 years of leadership”. The net proceeds will go towards The UWI Regional Endowment Fund (UWIREF) to provide student scholarships.

Book early at www.uwi.edu/chancellorsweek and spread the word to your families and friends. Let’s reconnect and show our Pelican pride as our beloved UWI celebrates 70.

Celebration of Books

In commemoration of The UWI's 70th anniversary, the UWI Libraries present its Celebration of Books. The special virtual exhibition features a selection of publication by members of staff over the seven decades of 1948 through 2018.

70th Anniversary Commemorative logo

A special logo was designed in commemoration of The UWI’s 70th anniversary, for use throughout 2018. This logo is meant to complement and not replace the University’s logo—comprised of its coat of arms and wordmark, either in full or abbreviated format (The University of the West Indies or UWI).

Guidelines have been prepared to facilitate the effective use and consistent presentation of our 70th anniversary logo as part of a special identity to recognise the milestone celebration. Please observe these guidelines if you would like to use the 70th anniversary logo in print, online, and other applications. Requests for use of the logo should be directed to your relevant campus Marketing & Communications Office, or the University Marketing & Communications Office. Please consult them if you have any questions or concerns about the logo’s usage.

Click here to download The UWI 70th Anniversary Logo Usage Guidelines.