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Suspension of Classes at The UWI St. Augustine Campus

For Release Upon Receipt - March 13, 2020

St. Augustine

The UWI St. Augustine Campus is guided by today’s announcement by Prime Minister Dr. The Honorable Keith Rowley, that from tomorrow, March 14, 2020 all schools and universities and places of learning will remain closed for one week in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. As such, all classes will be suspended officially from tomorrow until Saturday, March 21.

Campus Operations will be maintained on Monday March 16, and as such, all staff are expected to report to duty to allow for critical planning with their Dean and/ or Head of Department.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland thanks all staff and students for their patience at this time as Campus Management continues to monitor all COVID-19 developments.



About The UWI

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI 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 across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. 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 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.

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 Studies 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 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. For more, visit

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