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Former Jamaican Prime Minister to serve as Honorary Distinguished Fellow at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - February 5, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Bruce Golding, is to serve as an Honorary Distinguished Fellow at The University of the West Indies (UWI), effective February 1, 2014.  

The 5-year non-salaried appointment will afford Mr. Golding an opportunity to undertake empirical research and to offer recommendations with emphasis on public administration and economic development. He is also expected to develop vital linkages between the public and private sectors with a view to identifying and promoting practical areas for dynamic collaboration. 

In addition, Mr. Golding will work to:        

- Strengthen the linkages between research and policy to enable the latest research findings to be reflected in high level policy discussions and to be made available to decision-makers within the region        

- Operationalize theoretical research findings and recommendations        

- Develop a system of documentation of best practices worldwide to improve the social and economic system in Jamaica and the Caribbean region on the whole.

A group of corporate citizens have committed to underwrite expenses associated with Mr. Golding’s work. 

The former Prime Minister’s personal papers, including speeches and presentations, are also to be archived at The UWI. 

The UWI has traditionally invited distinguished political, business and public leaders, upon retirement, to share with our students and faculty members their knowledge and experience. In this way, the educational and research environment of the institution and, by extension, the Caribbean community will be significantly enhanced. Similar appointments have been made in the past, where former senior politicians and public servants, such as Sir Erskine Sandiford  (at the Cave Hill Campus, Barbados), Mr William Demas (at the St Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago) , the Most Honourable Michael Manley and the Most Honourable Edward Seaga (at the Mona Campus, Jamaica), were invited to serve as Distinguished Fellows. Former Vice Chancellors, Sir Alister McIntyre and Prof the Hon Rex Nettleford as well as the former Chancellor, Sir Shridath Ramphal, have served in this capacity.



About The 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, 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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