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University of West Indies, Trinidad

The University has expanded to four campuses that serve diverse communities across the Caribbean region – Cave Hill in Barbados, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Mona in Jamaica and the Open Campus – all of which deliver high-quality education, research and services to all 15 contributing countries that support the University, as well as the Turks & Caicos Islands. The University of the West Indies currently has a total enrolment of over 39,000 students and graduates annually approximately 5,800 students (at undergraduate, graduate and diploma levels).

Mission Statement


The Mission Statement reflects the primary purpose of the University, that is, the reason for its existence. The enduring mission of the UWI is:

To advance education and create knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, innovation, public service, intellectual leadership and outreach in order to support the inclusive (social, economic, political, cultural, environmental) development of the Caribbean region and beyond.

 The Mission of the UWI is further explained in the following context:

 To advance education:

Provide opportunities to the population of the region and beyond for higher education that fosters creative activity and notions of shared community, enhanced social and interpersonal relations, and critical and creative thinking skills;

To create knowledge

Engage in research that serves to:

  • create significant new insights,
  • explore and apply solutions to priority national and regional problems and challenges,
  • exploit developmental potential and competitive advantages,
  • position self and society in a changing world order, and
  • provide a sound basis for public policy formulation and decision making;

To support inclusive development of the Caribbean region and beyond:

Maintain a capacity to supply and support a wide range of expert technical, professional and advisory services to meet the needs of national governments, public and private sectors, and regional and international institutions, and to involve all stakeholders in the process; and be a significant contributor to global intellectual growth and human development by producing scholarship that harnesses the creative energies, cultural diversity, social experiences, biodiversity and other assets of the region and beyond.