About The UWI, Cave Hill

At a Glance

The UWI Cave Hill at a glance

Fully Accredited

Ranked among the top universities in the world by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is recognized as the premier higher education institution in the Caribbean. It has achieved accreditation at local, regional and international levels and earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and international outlook. In 2020 it earned Triple 1st rankings – topping the Caribbean; and in the top of the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old)

Safety & Security

The Cave Hill Campus is situated on the island of Barbados, a location known for being one of the most family-friendly destinations in the Caribbean with a relatively low crime rate.  A spirit of collegiality pervades the campus which maintains high academic standards in a safe and friendly learning community where students feel like members of a family. 

SMART Campus

Integrating information and communications technology to enhance operations and the student experience, is the foundation for the ongoing SMART Campus transformation at the Cave Hill Campus. 


Members of the UWI have won the Nobel Prize in Economics and Literature and for work on Climate Change. A major priority at The UWI Cave Hill is developing our research capacity and output in areas of critical importance to the Caribbean and international community. It maintains partnerships in teaching and research with many leading institutions around the world. The Campus features several research units and centres across its various faculties, as well as within its libraries.


The UWI Cave Hill is often lauded for its diverse and inclusive student population. The campus not only welcomes students from the wider Caribbean region, but it has opened its doors to students from around the world. It is also home to an outstanding cadre of international faculty. Student centredness is one of the six core values of the university and student involvement in the administration of university affairs is strongly encouraged.

Sporting Excellence

Committed to ensuring a sustainable future for the region, Cave Hill continues to make a positive environmental impact by expanding its green footprint. The Campus has adopted a number of energy and resource conservation technologies to ensure sustainability of our greening initiatives. These include use of solar panels to power buildings, installation of charging stations for electric cars and photovoltaic wind/hybrid systems at which students can charge their cell phones and laptops while taking in the beauty of the outdoors.

Our campus by the numbers


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Within the region, The UWI Cave Hill serves
16 countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean

The UWI: One institution, five campuses
The UWI, Cave Hill: One campus, seven Faculties

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Our History

The UWI extended it's reach into the community of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean with the establishment of a College of Arts and Sciences, opened on October 12, 1963.  

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Administration Building

Our Leadership

 The Cave Hill Campus has remained committed to Caribbean development by producing visionary leaders for over fifty years.  

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Triple A strategic plan

Strategic Plan

The UWI Triple A Strategy 2017 – 2022; Revitalising Caribbean Development

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Visit Cave Hill

Our beautiful hillside campus is a lush oasis with pristine views of the Caribbean Sea.    

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Annual Report

Learn about the strategic vision, research and teaching activities at the Cave Hill Campus.  

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