Sport and Economic Development

If there is one thing that unites Caribbean people, cutting across social, economic, ethnic, cultural, age and gender lines, it is sport. The Caribbean has been home to some of the world's greatest sports stars. Sport is also the point where several other disciplines interconnect, including entertainment, tourism, technology, and medicine. It is an industry that this region can develop to diversify our economies and make them competitive. In keeping with its mission to support regional development, and with a view to capitalising on the US$145 billion earned annually within the sporting industry, The UWI launched the Faculty of Sport in July 2017.

Led by newly appointed Dean, Dr. Akshai Mansingh, the new Faculty of Sport is a strategic move toward developing our Caribbean's tremendous sporting capacity and translating it into economic growth. As the first new faculty in 40 years, it is intended to become an internationally recognised teaching, research and training centre in sport and sports-related disciplines. As it becomes operational in the 2017/2018 academic year, it will consolidate programmes offered across all four campuses under a 'One UWI' umbrella of knowledge, built upon three disciplinary pillars: teaching, learning and research; professional outreach and engagement; and public outreach and community development.

Cricketer, Rovman Powell, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and Dean of the Faculty of Sport, Dr Akshai Mansingh share a light moment at the official launch the Faculty on Wednesday 26 July, 2017 at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Jamaica.