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Pete the Pelican has become an unofficial symbol of the UWI and the label ‘Pelicans’ has started to attach to a lot of teams at the university. But the first promotional use of the university’s crest seems to date back to February 1951, when the students of the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) attached the name to their new student publication.

Saint Lucia to host The UWI’s Budget Meetings

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. February 20, 2017.  The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce that the Government of Saint Lucia will host the annual meetings of the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) to the Grants Committees of The UWI. These meetings will be held at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay Village, on February 20-21, 2017.

Another Caribbean Stalwart passes: Former Guyana Ambassador to UN, Noel Sinclair dies

Guyana’s former Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Noel Sinclair, has passed away. He was one of Guyana’s finest Diplomats. His career was spent almost entirely within the Diplomatic Service, the exception being a brief stint at Central High School.

UWI Honorary Graduate Calypso Rose wins the prestigious Victoire de la Musique award for best World Music Album

​UWI Honorary Graduate Calypso Rose won the prestigious Victoire de la Musique award for best World Music Album of the Year ​in Paris France​ on February 10, 2017. She is the first Caribbean artist​ to win this award which is the French equivalent ​ of an American Grammy Award. It is the most prestigious music award in France, voted by a panel of more than 1200 industry professionals, and awarded by the French Ministry of Culture​. More details to follow in the upcoming issue of UWI Connect.

BFUWI hosts Caribbean Rhythms Musical Evening at Inner Temple on 11 April 2017

The British Foundation for the University of the West Indies (BFUWI) will be holding a fundraising musical event at Inner Temple to raise funds for our educational outreach work in the UK and for bursaries for students at our campuses in the Caribbean. The event continues the celebration of 50 years of independence achieved by Guyana and Barbados in 2016 and recognises that this year Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate 55 years of self-rule.

University of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale to give benefit performance at University Chapel, UWI

The critically acclaimed ‘Inspirational Chorale’ from the University of Arkansas, USA, will be giving a benefit performance during its one-week tour of Jamaica on Sunday, March 19 th at the University Chapel beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Sharon Marshall

UWI alumna Dr. Sharon Marshall is an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. She holds a Masters in English and a PhD in History from the UWI. She has served in senior management positions as Director of News and Current Affairs with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and as Manager, Programme Operations with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union. The highlight of her broadcasting career remains an exclusive television interview with Fidel Castro.

Pelican Talks with Dr. Shirley Thompson - March 23, 2017

PELICAN TALKS - March 23, 2017  

Join the Director of Alumni Relations for UWI, Celia Davidson Francis, as she speaks with UDr. Shirley Thompson. 

Pelican Talks promotes interactive and positive discussion.  Come join the Google hangout  and enjoy the enriching exchange! 


Did you attend the University of the West Indies (UWI) – or teach there – anytime in the last couple decades? There’s a good chance that you came in contact with a foundation course called Caribbean Civilizations.


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