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UWI @ 60

60th Anniversary celebrations

by Rhonda Jaipaul-O'Garro

All of the 365 days in 2008 will be dedicated to celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the founding of The University of the West Indies. This milestone for the regional university gives us an opportunity to reflect on our history and celebrate our accomplishments, as we forge ahead and continue charting our course as the region’s leading higher education institution.

UWI, in its 60 years of existence, has had tremendous impact in the region that it was created to serve. It has cultivated over 75,000 graduates, many of whom can be found at the highest levels of government, corporate and professional organisations across the region, and the wider international environment. Over the past six decades, UWI has earned the reputation of being a centre of excellence – a gathering place for talented people, a hub for innovative thinking, relevant research output and remarkable achievements, and an enduring West Indian tradition – contributing to the education, culture, economic and social progress of the Caribbean region.

UWI’s 60th anniversary will be marked by a range of activities and initiatives. Our anniversary plans will extend the gamut of the Caribbean region and diaspora – from the three campus countries and UWI-12 centres, to metropolitan areas in North America and will involve UWI staff, students, alumni and people, from all walks of life, who have been associated with our University’s development over the last 60 years.

The festivities in the celebratory year will all be cultivated from the overarching theme "Global Impact, Caribbean Reach". Thanksgiving Services, Convocation Ceremonies, Concerts, Distinguished Lectures and Symposia, as well as a Gathering of Graduates are some of the events already included on the 2008 calendar.