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Statement from Chancellor Robert Bermudez on the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Seaga

For Release Upon Receipt - May 31, 2019


The following statement is issued by Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Robert Bermudez on the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Philip George Seaga, ON, PC, former Jamaican politician and the country’s fifth Prime Minister.

On behalf of the entire University community, including our staff and students, I extend heartfelt condolences to the family of the Most Honourable Edward Seaga and to the people of Jamaica. The monumental role he played in Jamaica's development will forever be remembered and his legacy lives on in the many institutions he created during his tenure as Prime Minister.

The University of the West Indies was honoured to host him as one of our distinguished research fellows; and the Edward Seaga Collection housed at the Mona Campus Library, consisting of many of his papers, memorabilia and artefacts is an enduring contribution to students and other researchers. 

To his wife, the Most Honourable Carla Seaga, and his children, we hold you in our thoughts and prayers.




About UWI Chancellor, Robert Bermudez

Mr. Robert Bermudez is the 6th Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. His seven-year term officially began on July 16, 2017. A national of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Bermudez has been an entrepreneur for over 40 years. He led the growth of his family-owned business, to a regional business throughout the Caribbean and Latin America and has enjoyed a distinguished career in business, serving as either Chairman or Board Director for several other corporate bodies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. His vision for the University outlines a keen sense of the mission, effectiveness, relevance and interdependence of academia and the economy.

About The UWI

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018, and was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. For more, visit

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