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New appointments, and conferrals announced at The UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - March 4, 2020


Several decisions on new appointments and conferrals were approved during the meeting of the University Finance and General Purposes Committee (UFGPC) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Regional Headquarters on February 14, 2020.

Among the appointments announced at the meeting, were four promotions to the highest academic rank – that of Professor – at the University.  At the Cave Hill Campus, Dr Troy Lorde is now Professor of the Economics of Tourism; alongside his colleague Dr Philmore Alleyne who is appointed Professor of Accounting. Dr Raffie Hosein from the St Augustine Campus, is Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Dr Christopher Charles from the Mona Campus holds the position of Professor of Political and Social Psychology.

In recognition of their distinguished and exemplary careers, four retired Professors were conferred the titles of Professors Emeriti. They include Professor Upindranath Singh, from The UWI Cave Hill Campus, Professor Evan W. Duggan and Professor Ishenkumba A. Kahwa both from The UWI Mona Campus and Professor Patricia Mohammed from the St Augustine Campus.

Two new Professors of Practice in Injury Research and Prevention were appointed to be attached to the Faculty of Medical Sciences at The UWI Mona Campus. The positions were awarded to Dr Elizabeth Ward and Dr Lucien Jones. Both Professors of Practice are expected to contribute to the development of a UWI Centre for Injury Research and Prevention based at the Campus.

Dr Rupert Lewis, Professor of Political Thought, was appointed Research Fellow at the new PJ Patterson Centre for African-Caribbean Advocacy. Established within the Vice-Chancellery, this Centre provides a framework to enable leaders from the Caribbean and Africa to engage in strategy to provide public advocacy around major issues affecting both regions. 

Another highlight of the February 14 UF&GPC meeting was the decision to approve the recommendation of the Cave Hill Campus to honour Professor Sir Hilary Beckles’ 13 years of service as Principal of The UWI, Cave Hill, by renaming the Main Administration Building the Hilary McDonald Beckles Administration Complex.




About The UWI

For over 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 five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ); and The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development with the University of Havana (UH).

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. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2018 and 2019. The UWI has been 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.)