The Mission Statement reflects the primary purpose of the University, that is, the reason for its existence. The enduring mission of the UWI is:
To advance education and create knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, innovation, public service, intellectual leadership and outreach in order to support the inclusive (social, economic, political, cultural, environmental) development of the Caribbean region and beyond.
Provide opportunities to the population of the region and beyond for higher education that fosters creative activity and notions of shared community, enhanced social and interpersonal relations, and critical and creative thinking skills;
Engage in research that serves to:
Maintain a capacity to supply and support a wide range of expert technical, professional and advisory services to meet the needs of national governments, public and private sectors, and regional and international institutions, and to involve all stakeholders in the process; and be a significant contributor to global intellectual growth and human development by producing scholarship that harnesses the creative energies, cultural diversity, social experiences, biodiversity and other assets of the region and beyond.