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UWI St. Augustine notes steady strides despite financial challenges at 2016 Campus Council Meeting

For Release Upon Receipt - March 22, 2016

St. Augustine

“Notwithstanding persistent financial challenges in our member countries, during 2015, the St. Augustine Campus made steady strides towards the main goals established in the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.” This was noted by Chairman of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus Council, Ewart Williams, in the Chairman’s Message in the campus’ 2014/2015 Annual Report. The campus hosted its 2016 Annual General Meeting of Council Meeting on Tuesday March 22 at the Teaching and Learning Complex, Circular Road, St. Augustine.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat are among the key speakers at the meeting, both presenting reports to the Council. The meeting reviews the St. Augustine Campus' performance over the last academic year as well as the Financial Report for the year ending July 31st, 2015 through the presentation of the 2014/ 2015 Annual and Faculty Reports. Campus Councils give greater autonomy to campuses to respond to national needs while preserving the regional character of The UWI. A fundamental aspect of the accountability of The UWI is this annual meeting in which, among other things, Academic Board representatives, Guild Representatives as well as Campus and University Executive Management report on academic and curriculum updates; changing statistics on students with regard to enrolment and graduate throughput; staffing issues and strategic initiatives undertaken.

This year’s Annual Report is themed Leadership. Action. Impact. Future which focuses on the dynamic nature of the campus, operating in an increasingly turbulent environment. The campus’ growth and development take place in layered bands of actions and impacts where initiatives move forward each at their own time and pace, but are all kept radiating around a core mission by a leadership that is focused on the future.

The 2014/ 2015 report is available online at



About The Campus Council 

Each Campus of The University of the West Indies has a Campus Council. The Campus Council is the governing and executive body of the Campus, with powers vested by the University Council, to manage all matters as prescribed in Statute 21 and subject to The UWI’s Charter. At each meeting of Campus Council, the Campus Principal reports to the membership all activities undertaken over the previous academic year, and these include inter alia academic and curriculum updates, changing statistics on students enrolment and graduate throughput, and staffing across all levels of the Campus; management and expansion of the physical Campus sites; and strategic initiatives that are being undertaken to enhance the delivery of all services provided by the Campus. Additionally, the Campus Bursar reports on the audited financial statements for the year in review, and beyond the balance sheet and income statements information is provided on cash flow, finances, accounts, and investments. 


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 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad 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. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)