The University of the West Indies (UWI) has began 2022 celebrating two new milestones that underline the regional educational institution’s capability to excel, and to carry its own amongst the very best on this planet.
The primary new milestone: In the newest World University Rankings for 2022 (released in September 2021), the UWI moved up a powerful 94 places from last 12 months in the present global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes to be among the many top 1.5%.
The University has been consistently ranked among the many top universities globally by the reputable rating agency, Times Higher Education (THE) and is the one Caribbean-based University to make the distinguished lists since its debut within the rankings in 2018.
It’s also in the highest 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the highest 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).
The UWI has also featured among the many leading universities on The Impact Rankings for responses to the world’s biggest concerns: the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The regional university possesses the most important pool of Caribbean intellects and expertise committed to confronting the critical problems with the region and wider world.
The second milestone: The UWI’s Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) closed 2021 with special recognition as “The World’s Leading Tourism Initiative” on the twenty eighth World Travel Awards (WTA) 2021 held on December 16, in Dubai.
The GTRCMC — established in 2019 — is positioned at The UWI’s Mona Campus, with offices within the Caribbean, Africa and the Mediterranean, with affiliates in over 42 countries.
The work of the middle has focused on assisting travel and tourism organisations internationally within the management and recovery from disruptions that threaten economies and livelihoods linked to tourism.
The annual WTA event acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the worldwide travel and tourism industry and its awards are recognized globally as the last word acknowledgment of quality.
Extending congratulations on this global accolade, UWI’s Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles noted, “There might be no greater tangible evidence of our university’s commitment to a world outlook and actions.”
“Here we’ve it: yet one more international honour emerging from the activation of our Triple A Strategy, and more precisely, our Alignment pillar.”
The Vice Chancellor continued, “We’re clear and committed in our pledge to enable joint academic, government, and industry partnerships like these for the advancement of critical sectors here within the Caribbean, like tourism.”
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (a Co-Chair and Founding father of the GTRCMC) said: “The popularity by the leading authority that recognises and rewards excellence in travel and tourism is heartfelt and highlights the outstanding work that this one-of-a-kind Centre for tourism resilience has been doing.”
GTRCMC Executive Director, Professor Lloyd Waller, said: “Because the Centre’s inception, we’ve been working to boost awareness, construct capability and undertake revolutionary initiatives in tourism resilience in several countries all over the world.”
“To be honoured in this manner implies that we’re doing something right and that is indeed motivating,” he added.
The GTRCMC fosters the event of policies to help efforts of communities affected by disruptions resulting from climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, terrorism, economic shocks, political instability and other socio-economic challenges.
From an affiliate (in Jamaica ) of the University College of London, with 33 medical students in 1948, the UWI today enrolls about 50,000 students at its five campuses (Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus) plus 10 global centers in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
The UWI offers over 800 certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.