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The Talking Trees Literary Fiesta

May 25, 2019

The Talking Trees Literary Fiesta will take place at the Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth on that date and we hope all literary aficionados will be there!

Organised in collaboration with the Department of Literatures in English (DLIE) at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund (GLMF), the Fiesta is a family-oriented day, immersing participants in the written and spoken word.


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.

Tri-State Pelicans, come out to the AFUWI Gala on February 27, 2019

Alumni and members of the UWIAA New York Chapter support to the work of the AFUWI, in its significant efforts to raise funds to provide scholarships for students in financial need at the UWI’s 4 campuses in 17 Caribbean countries.


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:

Open Campus

UWI Alumni in Anguilla now on track for increased engagement

L- R: Verrelyne Bruno Mason, Marica Brooks, Vanish Proctor, Yvette Wallace, Michael Skellekie and Alina Richardson. Absent from Phot – Colwayne Pickering.

The Anguilla UWI Alumni Association Chapter now has an Executive Team in place. They are looking forward to engaging alumni with the UWI Open Campus site in Anguilla and can be contacted at

Inaugural Alumni Career Link Up

The regional inaugural Alumni Career Link Up went extremely well. Four alumni from Boston, New York and New Jersey shared real world current career advice virtually for over an hour using the OC Blackbaud Collaborate system. Subject areas included business law, negotiation, biochemistry and biotechnology etc. The alumni who gave freely of their time and expertise were Howard Goode, Victor Brown, Rayon Ward and Donovan Rodriques.

Over 80 students and young alumni joined the session from across the Caribbean and the session was very favourably received.

The inaugural UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation

Mr. Jachin Mullings receives the Class of 1967 Award from Professor Neville Ying.

Mr. Jachin Mullings, is the recipient of The UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation for the academic year 2017/2018. He is a second year student in Electronic Engineering at Mona and his leadership credentials are noteworthy. He is a UWI Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow and Vice Chancellor’s Ambassador, the Off-Campus Representative for Chancellor Hall, the UWI Mona Faculty of Engineering Deputy Representative on the UWI Mona Guild of Students 2018/19 and much more!

Chevano Baker & Zubin Deyal

UWI Graduates cop 2019 Rhodes scholarships.  Chevano Baker, UWI STAT Alumni Ambassador won the Jamaican Rhodes Scholarship and Zubin Deyal won the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes scholarship. They both topped the field of a number of young people who vied for the prestigious award this year. Both will be studying at the University of Oxford, U.K.

Opening The UWI to the World: The Next 70 years

Date: Wednesday 19 December, 2018 Time: 3:00 p.m. Jamaica time | 4:00 p.m. EC time.


Join us for the live celebration and a toast via

In 2018, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) family celebrated the double milestones of its 70th anniversary and the 10th year since its Open Campus was established.

Throughout the year, The UWI reflected on its 70 years of service and leadership throughout the Caribbean, but the year has also been one of projection of the next phase for the institution.

On December 19, 2018, join the virtual gathering of UWI staff, students, alumni, partners and friends all over the world for the 70th anniversary year finale.


UWIAA New York puts spotlight on corruption to find a solution

Nov. 2, 2018


Medgar Evers College, CUNY


Corruption: The Impact on Democracy, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean – The Diaspora Working Towards a Solution

Venue: Medgar Evers College, 1150 Carroll Street, Suite 400 EEL Lab,

Brooklyn, NY 11225. Telephone: 646-824-6810

Friday, November 2, 2018


9:30 am – 9:50 am                      Registration & Networking

9:50 am - 9:55 am                       Opening, Welcoming Remarks & Introduction


An Evening of Music – Our Music Our UWI at the Open Campus in St. Vincent – a 70th Anniversary event

Saturday November 10, Start Time: 7:00 pm


St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College

UWI Presents A Night of Celebration 70 Years of Contribution to the Region Under the Patronage of The Governor General
of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


The UWI Alumni Association on Security of Students at The UWI Campuses

The collective Chapters of the UWI Alumni Association are deeply concerned about the security of students at St. Augustine, and indeed all the UWI campuses. Student security is of paramount importance and we trust that the administration at St. Augustine will work with students to take all necessary steps to ensure safety on or around the campus.

VC’s 2018 Sportswoman and man revealed!

Luz L VC  Brittany Joseph  - Awardee  Sir Everton Weekes  Fedrick Dacres - Awardee  Celia DF  PVC Dale Webber - Principal Mona Amanda Reifer - Director of Sport

The Vice Chancellor’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards took place at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, UWI Cave Hill on October 19, 2018. Fedrick Dacres from the Mona Campus and Brittany Joseph from the St. Augustine Campus took the top prizes.


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