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Suspension of Classes at The UWI Five Islands Campus, Antigua & Barbuda

For Release Upon Receipt - March 16, 2020


The leadership of The UWI Five Islands Campus in consultation with the Vice-Chancellor and other authorities in responding to today’s announcement by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has taken the decision to suspend all classes from tomorrow, Monday, March 16 until Friday, March 27.

Correspondingly, the Campus will also implement a system of reduced business operations, for the same period, in alignment with its emergency response plan.

Heads of Departments will put plans to facilitate the continuity of business operations into activation as required. Recognising that certain essential service areas have to remain fully operational, systems will also be effected in these specific areas, with skeletal staff on rotation. Team members who must be on campus are asked to observe all instituted protocols.

As it continues to monitor all COVID-19 developments, the University and Campus leadership teams implore all members of our community to remain calm and continue to follow the recommended practices and protocols to safeguard health and well-being.




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, Africa and Europe 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); The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development; The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership with the University of Coventry and the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with the University of Glasgow.

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.)