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The Makandal Daaga Scholarship and the need for Change Agents

Civil society plays a key role in any society – none more so than in developing and emerging countries; countries, in fact, like those of the Caribbean. Transparency. Accountability. Good Governance. Social Justice. Examples abound when our society fails to measure up. If we doubt this, reflect on the results of the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index:

Caribbean sub-region rankings
Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, 2018 

Caribbean rank*

Global rank

Cave Hill Law Alumni Publishes Newsletter

Dean Berry shares his vision for the Faculty of Law, updates within the Faculty and a new bold partnership for UWI Cave Hill Law Alumni to shape the future at the Faculty.

If you attended the UWI Cave Hill Faculty of Law, sign up for their mailing list through lawdean@cavehill.uwi.edu.

Click on the file below to read the newsletter.

Planting fruit trees to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment

Mike and Mary McLaughlin are two UWI Graduates. TTFF is a fine example of UWI Graduates working towards social and economic development while reducing inequality with international impact. TTFF can check several boxes for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and currently work in several Caribbean countries.

Marlon James on Time Magazine’s List of 100 Most Influential People of 2019

Marlon James has been listed among the 100 Most Influential People of 2019 by Time magazine. This UWI Pelican received the prestigious Man Booker prize in 2015 for his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” Receiving the Man Booker prize made James into one of the most important voices of the modern literary generation, and he embraced that role wholeheartedly by speaking out on issues of race, literature, and gay rights, among others.

Dr. Gillian Barclay

Las Vegas HEALS has appointed Dr. Gillian Barclay to its Executive Committee. She was also appointed co-chair of the Las Vegas HEALS Legislative Task Force. This UWI Pelican is currently the Industry Specialist in Healthcare for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

UWI Pelicans – the Fredericks

UWI Pelican Janese March brought the following information to our attention as she wishes to highlight the great work of the Fredericks. Distinguished Pelican, Emeritus Professor the Honourable Joseph Frederick OJ, CD, may be the first West Indian to publish in the prestigious British Medical Journal for Human Reproduction.

UWI STAT Mona – New Ambassadors and Awards

The UWI STAT Mona Corps inducted 20 new Ambassadors and those from the Western Jamaica Campus (WJC) travelled up to participate in the Ceremony. The Director of the WJC, Dr. Patrick Prendergast attended this important occasion, as did the Director and Coordinator of the Vice Chancellor’s regional Ambassadorial Corps, Celia Davidson Francis. 

At the recent UWI Mona Campus Student Awards, the Mona UWI STAT Corps did very well, especially in the areas of Leadership and Service which are areas that they are groomed for:

2019 Awardees - Mona Campus 

Dr. Glenda M. Prime

Dr. Glenda M. Prime has been appointed as the Dean for the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University (MSU). She holds the PhD in Education from The UWI, an M.A. in Education, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Science Education, and the B.S. in Chemistry and Biology. She is a science educator and researcher and has published numerous articles in refereed journals in science and technology education and most recently has published a book chapter on technology education.

Diplomatic week lecture held in St Kitts-Nevis

Nevisian-born Professor Jessica Byron-Reid, Director of the University of the West Indies Institute of International Relations at The UWI, St. Augustine Campus was the special guest lecturer at the inaugural Diplomatic Week Lecture on April 9, 2019. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held activities for Diplomatic Week (April 7-12) and the lecture’s theme was “Securing a Resilient Future through Strategic Diplomacy and Effective Dialogue.”

Regional public forum to hear governance issues related to The UWI takes place on April 24

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, an independent team of high-level persons from across the region, established as the Chancellor’s Commission on Governance, will host a public forum to listen to Governance issues related The University of the West Indies (The UWI).


Virtual Career Link Up - November 15, 2018

The IAD in association with The UWI Alumni Association hosted the first of our inaugural Career Link Up Sessions with four alumni panelist providing career advice in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Law, Banking, Bio-technology and many more. Check out the recording below, hear what our panelists Howard Goode, Dr. Victor Brown, Delroy Taylor and Donovan Rodriquez have to say.

Virtual Career Link Up - April 3, 2019

UWI Alumnus and UWI Hon. Grad Dr. Larry Quinlan, in association with the IAD and the UWI Open Campus hosted a Virtual Career Forum on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 under the theme : Leadership in the Age of Technology and Innovation.

Dr. Quinlan is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Deloitte and he shared relevant and exciting information which you should find useful. Check out the recording below.

UWI Hon Grad Dr. Shirley Thompson honoured!

Dr. Shirley J. Thompson proudly received an Honorary Doctorate from The UWI on November 2, 2018. She was delighted to be conferred this honour by UWI Chancellor. The QUEEN’S 2019 NEW YEARS HONOURS LIST was announced and she has been awarded an OBE for Services to Music. The UWI congratulates her on this latest achievement!

A one in a million meeting down under – UWI alums connect!

Luck? UWIAA Australia Contact Charles Ball was prompted to ask about a Jamaican cap – and found out he was speaking to former UWIAA Washington DC Chapter President, Sha-Shana Crichton, who was visiting Sydney.

Taylor – the champion of Climate Science

UWI alumnus, climate scientist Professor Michael Taylor of The UWI, Mona campus, has been named among the 2019 laureates for the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence. He has done outstanding work in the area of climate change, including being the lead author of The Global Warming of 1.5°C Report 1.5°C was officially released during the 48th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Incheon, Republic of Korea in October 2018.


Dr. Carmen Nicholas – UWIAA President Florida Chapter speaking fondly of Margaret Barrett

The late Margaret Barrett dedicated a large part of her life doing voluntary work that helped individuals in meaningful ways. Her efforts assisted individuals who sought to better themselves through education, with many of these individuals attending the University of the West Indies.

Celebrating our 2018 Honorary Graduates

Dr. Donette Chin-Loy Chang
Dr Shirley J. Thompson
Dr. Michael Holding

Seventeen influencers who have made outstanding contributions regionally and internationally within their respective fields were awarded honorary degrees by The UWI at the 2018 Graduation ceremonies. They represented a cross-section of eminent people in the arts, sciences and other fields and we welcome them to the alumni family of The UWI and look forward to their continued engagement. Their degrees were conferred by Chancellor Robert Bermudez as follows:

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