The University of the West Indies has provided the English speaking Caribbean region with its current leaders in government, business, education, law, engineering, medicine and many other key public and private sectors. It is probably the only university in the world that can boast eight Prime Ministers among its graduates.
Prime ministers include:
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica,
The Rt. Hon. P.J. Patterson, receiving the Chancellor’s Medal.
Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony – P.M., St. Lucia
The Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur – former P.M., Barbados
Dr. the Hon. Denzil Douglas – P.M., St. Kitts & Nevis
Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves – P.M., St. Vincent & the Grenadines
The Hon. Patrick Manning – P.M., Trinidad and Tobago
Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell – P.M., Grenada
The Rt. Hon. P.J. Patterson – former P.M., Jamaica
The Hon Erskine Sandiford – former P.M., Barbados
The UWI has also nurtured two Nobel Laureates - Sir Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott, several Rhodes Scholars and Dignitaries such as: Professor Norman Girvan (former Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States), Professor Compton Bourne (President of the Caribbean Development Bank ),The Hon Edwin Carrington (Secretary General of CARICOM) and Sir Dwight Venner ( Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank).
The UWI is known internationally for academic and research excellence and within the region, it stands proud as an icon for the promotion of Caribbean integration, culture and pride. The “UWI Spirit” shines brightly as the institution continues to transform in order to ensure relevance, innovation and excellence within the dynamic realities of the 21st century.