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UWI Mona Re-opened

For Release Upon Receipt - October 29, 2012

St. Augustine

Normal operations resumed at 8:30am on Friday at both the Mona and Western Jamaica Campuses of The University of the West Indies. After a full assessment of the campuses by University officials yesterday, damages caused by Hurricane Sandy are confirmed as minimal, consisting primarily of tree damage.

As a precautionary measure in response to the threat of Tropical Storm Sandy-turned-Category 1 Hurricane, The University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus in Kingston as well as the Western Jamaican Campus in Montego Bay suspended all activities and closed its campuses from 4:00 pm Tuesday, October 23, through Wednesday, October 24, and implemented special arrangements at its halls of residence to ensure the safety of its students, including all regional and international students.

Persons needing further information should contact the University switchboard at (876) 927-1660-9 or Safety and Emergency Management at (876) 282 -3287 or 817-3339. 


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

(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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