University description (as per official university website)
The University of the West Indies has campuses at Cave Hill in Barbados, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago and Mona in Jamaica. The total student body which is approximately 24,321 is distributed amongst the Faculties of Law, Humanities & Education, Pure and Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Medical Sciences at Cave Hill; Arts & Education, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and Pure & Applied Sciences at Mona; and Agriculture & Natural Sciences, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences at St. Augustine.
The Cave Hill campus overlooks the islandís capital and principal commercial centre, Bridgetown, which is just five miles away. Despite its expansion in recent years, the campus maintains much of its original architecture of simple, low-rise buildings. The scenic attractiveness and relatively small size of the university community creates an inviting, intimate and friendly atmosphere.
Oriens Ex Occidente Lux - A light rising from the West
The University College, established in 1948 at Mona, Jamaica, was the first Campus of the University of the West Indies. Subsequently, campuses were established at St. Augustine, Trinidad (1960) and Cave Hill, Barbados (1962). Today, The University of the West Indies comprises 3 main campuses, the Centre of Hotel and Tourism Management in the Bahamas, the Institute of Business at St. Augustine and Mona as well as 11 non-campus centres situated in other Caribbean countries.
The University Coat of Arms
College of Arms Description
According to the College of Arms, London (the British Imperial authority on heraldic devices), the University College of the West Indies was granted the following Arms on July 18, 1949:
Barry wavy of six Argent and Azure an open Book proper bound Gules garnished Or on a Chief of the third a Lion passant guardant Erminois.
Crest: A Pelican proper.
In other words, the background of the main part of the shield comprises 6 wavy stripes of white and blue (Azure); the open book is proper, in other words its natural colours, although its binding is red (Gules) with gold/yellow (or) tooling; the top third of the shield (the Chief) is red and the lion is gold/yellow with black ermine tail spots all over it.
Crest: A Pelican proper. The pelican is painted as in nature. It is standing on a Crest Wreath, originally made of twisted silk to cover over the join of where the crest (made of wood or boiled leather) meets the helmet worn at a tournament. The silk is a twist of the principal colours of the shield, in this case: blue and white, starting with white.
The following description of the University Coat of Arms is taken from the University Calendar:
Forming the main background of the shield is the sea represented by white and blue wavy lines (three each) on which is the open book; the upper part of the shield, the chief, is red with a Lion to show the connection with the Crown, but the Lion is covered with black spots. This is the Lion borne by HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, appointed by the King (George VI) to be the first Chancellor, so that this appointment is recorded forever in the Arms of the University.
The Crest is the brown Pelican which fishes in its prehistoric fashion along the coasts of the Caribbean lands: the pelican is a symbol of care for the young because of the medieval, but untrue, belief that it punctures its breast to feed its young on its blood. It is also used as a crest by both Corpus Christi Colleges of Oxford and Cambridge.
The enduring mission of The University of the West Indies is to propel the economic, social, political and cultural development of West Indian society through teaching, research, innovation, advisory and community services and intellectual leadership.
This mission requires UWI to:
Provide the population of the region with access to high quality academic programmes that are effectively delivered and that help to build strong individual, national and regional capacities in response to changing human resource needs;
Provide complementary opportunities for higher education that foster intellectual development, creative activity and selfactualisation, enhance social and interpersonal relations, and enable students to have a broader frame of reference for specialised knowledge;
Conduct rigorous basic and applied research that serves to:
(i) explore solutions to priority national and regional problems and challenges, (ii) create significant new knowledge,
(iii) exploit developmental potential and comparative advantages,
(iv) elucidate important contemporary social issues,
(v) situate self and society in a changing world order and
(v) provide a sound basis for public policy formulation and decision making;
Maintain a capacity to supply a wide range of expert technical, professional and advisory services to meet the needs of regional governments and the private sector and to involve its alumni in this process;
Assist its students and the population at large to achieve informed selfawareness
through a deep understanding of the main economic, social, political and cultural currents that have combined to define West Indian society;
Help the region to comprehend the nature and significance of contemporary issues and emerging global influences;
Strive to be a significant contributor to global intellectual growth and human development by active scholarship that harnesses the creative energies, cultural diversity, social experiences, biodiversity and other assets of the region;
Assist generally in strengthening education and training systems, at all levels, throughout the region, and aid the development of the tertiary level education system in particular;
Assist the region to evaluate, assimilate, adapt and harness major new technologies in order to optimise potential benefits or limit negative impacts;
Develop strategic alliances with other institutions to expand access to tertiary education, as well as the scope of teaching and research; and
Foster an intellectually stimulating environment that can attract academic staff and students of high quality and in which ideas contend vigorously.
The University of the West Indies cherishes and is determined to preserve its core value system which has been moulded by generations of staff and students for more than 50 years.
This value system is characterized by the following strongly held ideals:
Maintaining a commitment to the pursuit of excellence
Assisting students to develop a capacity for independent thought and critical analysis
Stimulating self-awareness and social awareness
Nurturing a keen sense of individual and social responsibility
Building respect for cultural diversity and the rule of law
Promoting Caribbean identity and sovereignty, together with the development and protection of nationhood
Cultivating multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration
Preserving a climate of intellectual freedom
Engendering in students a commitment to personal growth
Fostering ethical values, attitudes and approaches
Encouraging community service and involvement and dedication to development of the region