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The UWI launches 70th Anniversary Calendar App

For Release Upon Receipt - February 1, 2018


A mobile calendar app is among the initiatives being rolled out to mark the 70th anniversary of The University of the West Indies (The UWI). Designed and developed by a student of The UWI Cave Hill campus, Mr. Theo Taylor, under the supervision of Dr. Janak Sodha, in the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics, the app helps UWI staff, students, alumni, retirees and friends of the University to keep up-to-date on the anniversary events and activities spread across the Caribbean and diaspora this year.

The app, which is available for free download through Google Play for Android devices ( and the App Store for Apple iOS devices (, is launched with the calendar feature covering anniversary events from January to December 2018.  It allows users to search activities by campus, by event type, specific location or by name. Push notifications also offer real-time event updates. Extra features will be added such as google map locations for events, and access to multimedia content from events.

The 70th anniversary year officially began with an interfaith service on January 7 and will continue with activities aimed at bringing together The UWI and members of the wider regional community.

Since its inception in 1948, The UWI has been a pivotal force in every aspect of regional development, residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of Caribbean people. The commemoration of its 70th year of existence is therefore focused on celebrating the University’s 70 years of service and leadership to the region. In this spirit, The UWI encourages the wide engagement of its students, faculty, administrators, alumni, governments, and partners in the public and private sector in its celebratory year of activities which focus both on reflection and projection for the future with an emphasis on social justice and the economic transformation of the region.




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About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The 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, The 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 & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The 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.)