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The University of the West Indies Annual Council Meeting and Press Conference

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Missing Link:Research and Innovation

The UWI Cave Hill Campus will be hosting the Annual University Council Meeting and Press Conferencewhich takes place onFriday 27thApril, 2018 at the Main Conference Room, Administration Building from 9:00 A.M.

The University Council is the highest governing body of The UWI and consequently the decision-making authority on all business affairs of the University, the management of the finances, and matters such as appointments of senior officers. As Chairman of the University Council, this will be the first time that Chancellor Robert Bermudez will preside over the annual business meeting.

VC Report 2018-4-26-2018.jpgA central feature of the proceedings is Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles’ detailed report to the Council on the major advancements across the four campuses of The UWI for the 2016/2017 academic year – inclusive of financial, administrative and academic, as well as projections for the future of the University. ThemedThe Missing Link:Research and Innovation,the Vice-Chancellor’s report will discuss the University’s strategy to drive regional economies out of the doldrums and into the mainstream of global economic recovery. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Thelaunch of the Faculty of Sport—the first new faculty in 40 years, as a pathway to Caribbean economic development,
  • Thespecial vulnerabilities of the Caribbeanand The UWI’s harnessing of its expertise and competencies to champion resilience development in the Caribbean through a diverse set of initiatives, including a newly established Caribbean Emergency Management Association (CEMA),
  • The implementation of theColleges of The UWI (CUWI)system, connecting The UWI to all interested and qualified community colleges in the region as a step toward building an integrated tertiary education system that brings the Caribbean together,
  • The negotiation of a range of MOUs between The UWI and the regionalPrivate Sectorto collaborate on research to drive innovation, and
  • Theglobal affairs thrustthat has seen the establishment of partnering institutes in Africa, China, and North America.

Since 2016, the opening segment has been livestreamed, in a move by the University to leverage available technology to facilitate greater transparency, accountability and engagement across all our stakeholders. Please see the details below:

The UWI Annual Council Meeting and Press Conference

Date:Friday 27thApril, 2018

Time:9:00 A.M.

Venue:Main Conference Room, Administration Building, The UWICave Hill Campus


Opening Session of University Council Meeting

  • Call to Order and Welcome - Chancellor, Robert Bermudez
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Report to Council - Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Press Conference

  • Remarks - University Registrar, C. William Iton
  • Remarks - Chancellor, Robert Bermudez
  • Remarks - Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles
  • Q&A(Members of the regional media and the public can participate in the press conference by submitting questions via the livestream chat


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