By 2017, the University will be globally recognised as a regionally integrated, innovative, internationally competitive university, deeply rooted in all aspects of Caribbean development and committed to serving the diverse people of the region and beyond.
The Vision of the UWI is further explained in the following context:
- Globally recognised: A university acknowledged by its peers in the global higher education community as a leading contributor in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge creation on Caribbean, small state and developing country issues. Its global reach ensures partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships with international scholars; other universities, governments and institutions; international agencies; and public and private sectors worldwide.
- Regionally integrated: The UWI is one of two regional universities in the world, with campuses and centres in sixteen English-speaking Caribbean countries. The University is dedicated to providing the highest possible quality of education and research while addressing the changing circumstances and needs of the Caribbean region. As a model for regional cooperation, the UWI remains responsive to regional and global developments. The UWI is recognised as a fully integrated regional university offering and promoting student mobility, credit transfer and the recognition of qualifications to all regional and international students. It sees the whole university as being more effective than the sum of the parts (Campuses).
- Innovative: Creation of new knowledge and the ability to adapt the University’s mission to changing environmental conditions and to be prepared to reinvent curricula to better prepare students to succeed in a global economy, as well as keeping pace with rapidly evolving technologies to ensure sustainability. Innovation also includes the products of research for commercialisation and market readiness while at the same time assisting in the resolution of the development challenges of the region.
- Internationally competitive: A university that is aligned with international benchmarking and higher education industry standards in research and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning, with an increased focus on educational outcomes in a knowledge-based economy to attract high-quality students and faculty.
- Deeply rooted in all aspects of Caribbean development: A university that is responsive to regional and international needs while retaining a strong Caribbean identity and operating as a well-integrated institution working productively with all its stakeholders, and an effective agent for political, social, cultural, environmental and economic development.
- Committed to serving the diverse people of the region and beyond: A university whose graduates are sought by national, regional and global employers for their knowledge, articulation and superior problem-solving and critical/creative thinking skills.