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UWI St. Augustine mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Norman Girvan, CD

For Release Upon Receipt - April 11, 2014

St. Augustine

The recent passing of Norman Girvan, Professor Emeritus of The UWI has come as a deep shock to all at the St. Augustine Campus who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Professor Girvan had been with the institution for many years, first encountering the University as an economics student in, when it was still the University College of the West Indies. Later, he returned to the Mona Campus where he would eventually establish himself as one of the leading contributors in the field of Caribbean economics. He was the first Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at The UWI, and from 2004, taught at the St. Augustine Campus Institute for International Relations until his retirement in 2010.

A quintessential Caribbean man, he was a scholar and academic who, even after his retirement, had a prominent voice in many issues that went far beyond the scope of economics. He remained consistently committed to defending and fighting for several causes, ranging from Caribbean integration to the betterment of the Haitian peoples. His passion and intellect are evidenced by the content of his website, Caribbean Political Economy, which reflects the areas in which he made his most significant contributions to modern Caribbean development.

Campus Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Clement Sankat, on behalf of all faculty and staff, extends deepest condolences to the family and friends of Professor Girvan.


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 50,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding Higher Education Institute (HEI) in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the 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 and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s 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.

(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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