Cayman observes UWI Day

In honour of the University of the West Indies’ 60th anniversary, Cabinet has declared today The UWI Day.

‘Today we in the Cayman Islands join fellow Caribbean islands in observing a milestone in our collective and educational history,’ said the Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts.

‘This is so because on 7 January 1947, a meeting of the Provisional Council of the University of the West Indies was held. Discussions during that forum led, one year later, to the UWI’s formation on the Mona Campus in Jamaica.’

According to UWI’s website, the university began as a College of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962.

UWI then established campuses in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago; and in Cave Hill, Barbados. There is also a Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management in the Bahamas. The institution now has 15 Caribbean member territories.

In Cayman, there is a UWI Distance Education Unit, at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

UWI’s Vice-Chancellor E. Nigel Harris, in a letter requesting Cayman’s participation in the 7 January observance, said that a number of celebratory functions are set for 2008, throughout the Caribbean countries served by the university. These include thanksgiving services, convocation ceremonies, concerts, distinguished lectures and symposia.