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Former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur Appointed Professor of Practice

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, November 19, 2018

owenarthur-240x300-11-19-2018.jpgFormer Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Honourable Owen Seymour Arthur, has been appointed Professor of Practice: Economics of Development at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus effective November 1, 2018.

The post was confirmed at the University Appointments Committee meeting in October.

In this position, Professor Arthur will deliver guest lectures in economics and related fields, as well as present public lectures. He will also assist with research projects and interface with international agencies on behalf of the Department of Economics and the campus. Professor Arthur’s appointment will also see him providing mentorship to students of economics, as well as the Young Economists Association.

At its September 21, 2015 meeting, The University Appointments Committee agreed to introduce the category of Professor of Practice, as The UWI seeks to deepen its relevance with public and private sector stakeholders. Appointees in the Professor of Practice series are distinguished professionals, either practicing or retired. A few may have traditional academic backgrounds, although most do not.

Professor Arthur is Barbados' fifth and longest-serving Prime Minister, holding the office from September 1994 to January 2008. The noted economist is an alumnus of The UWI Cave Hill and Mona Campuses, and also served as a Research Fellow at The UWI's Institute of Social and Economics Research (as it was then known) in 1982.

Most recently, he served at the Cave Hill campus as a Fellow in Residence at The University of the West Indies.

On September 10, the former Prime Minister delivered a lecture at Cave Hill, titled: The IMF and the Caribbean: New Directions for a New Relationship. He was also among 70 alumni honoured as part of The UWI’s 70th anniversary celebrations in October.

Professor Arthur is the third person to be appointed Professor of Practice at The UWI Cave Hill, following similar conferral on chief executive officer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Dr.Dexter James and former banking professional Mr. Ian DeSouza.

Professors of Practice are eligible to the use of the title “Professor” for as long as they remain in active association with The UWI.

About The UWI

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region. In 2018, The UWI celebrates its evolution from 1948 as a university college in Jamaica with 33 medical students to an internationally respected regional university with near 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. Its seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. The UWI has been a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of our people. As the regional institution commemorates its 70th anniversary milestone, it will celebrate its students, faculty, administrators, alumni, governments, and partners in the public and private sector. The anniversary commemoration will focus on reflection as well as projection for the future with an emphasis on social justice and the economic transformation of the region. Website: and (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the The, hence The UWI.)


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