President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, agreed with CARICOM to facilitate industrial technology transfer to the region during his visit to the Caribbean in 2015. It is noted that The UWI, with the support of the Government of Jamaica, has been implementing this vision.
In December 2016, Ambassador Niu Qingbao, of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Jamaica, affirmed The UWI's status as an approved university by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. This landmark development signalled the acceptance of UWI degrees by China's highest education authorities; an acknowledgement of the regional institution's high quality; comparable to the standards met by other internationally renowned universities, which have sought to establish themselves in China.
It paves "a silk road for education", fostering deeper collaboration between the Caribbean and China; as both Caribbean students and Chinese students studying at any of The UWI's campuses now have the assurance that their degrees will be accepted by future Chinese employers.
As The UWI continues its expansion in China, in 2018, it will advance plans to establish a UWI-China Campus in Jiangsu.