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Royal Charter


Today, the University of the West Indies is a full-blown, degree granting institution with seven faculties across four campuses and some 50,000 students! Fifty-six years ago, on July 1, 1962, it blossomed out of its initial incarnation as the University College of the West Indies (UCWI), which had been chartered in 1948/49, the same year it took its first batch of 33 pioneering medical students from across the Caribbean region. The UCWI granted its degrees through a special association with the University of London.

On This Day – 66 years ago

On January 5, 1949, the Royal Charter of the University College of the West Indies (UCWI) – which would become the University of the West Indies in 1962 – was sealed. This process of making an impression of the British monarch’s official Seal, and attaching it to the relevant document by a woven cord, made official a decision taken by King George VI on December 22, 1948.

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