The University of the West Indies (The UWI) continues the yearlong celebrations in honour of its 75th anniversary with a special Diamond Jubilee Week of celebration from July 17 – 22, 2023.
The schedule of events for the week includes: an Alumni Reception on July 17; the UWI Medical Alumni Association Biennial Conference carded for July 18-19; a higher education forum themed Beyond 75 – Vision, Strategy and Leadership for Higher Education (July 20); an evening of world-class entertainment with the University Singers (July 20) as well as a highly anticipated ‘Back in Time’ Fete featuring Fab-Five on July 22 to close the celebrations on a high.
The special series of events, hosted at the Mona Campus, is a valuable opportunity for The UWI’s wide network of staff, students, alumni, partners and friends from across the globe to join the celebrations. According to University Registrar, and Chair of the 75th Anniversary Planning Committee, Dr. Maurice D. Smith “Since the start of the year, across our campuses, we have hosted several outstanding events and activities to commemorate this diamond jubilee anniversary. This week however is significant; these events specifically take us back to the physical grounds of our humble beginnings 75 years ago. We invite everyone who has a connection to The UWI and anticipate a wonderful mix of nostalgia and excitement as patrons reconnect with each other on old ‘stomping grounds’ and we celebrate the advancements of this excellent regional institution.”
Speaking on the flagship Jubilee event – the higher education forum, Beyond 75 – Vision, Strategy and Leadership for Higher Education, Dr. Smith continued “As we celebrate the yeoman service The UWI has delivered to the region over the past 75 years, we have also set time aside to look beyond to the future we need for higher education. We have invited several of our partner institutions and other important regional voices to help cast that vision.” The hybrid forum features a keynote address from The Honourable Dr. Terrance M. Drew, Prime Minster of St. Kitts & Nevis along with presentations from UWI Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, University Registrar Dr. Maurice M. Smith and representatives from partner organisations including the Caribbean Development Bank, the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE) and CARICOM Private Sector Organisation. The public can join the livestream on UWItv via www.uwitv.global
Persons interested in any of The UWI’s Diamond Jubilee Week celebratory events can visit the event calendar at www.uwi.edu/75 for more information. Tickets for paid events are available at the Institutional Advancement Division, UWI Regional Headquarters and the University Bookshop, Mona Campus.