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Ms. Grace Jutan appointed ‘Chief of Staff’ in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor

For Release Upon Receipt - September 17, 2021




 The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Friday, September 17, 2021— A significant change has been made at the start of the new academic year 2021-2022, to the staffing of the inner Office of the Vice-Chancellor, located at the Regional Headquarters of The University of the West Indies in Jamaica. 

Ms. Grace Jutan, with effect from August 1, 2021, has been designated ‘Chief of Staff’. In this capacity, she shall be responsible for co-ordinating activities specific to the Vice-Chancellor’s diary as well as related staff matters within the Office. 

Ms. Jutan has over 15 years of service at the executive level of the University, which began in the Office of Vice-Chancellor Alister McIntyre before her appointment as Executive Assistant in the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies where she worked with then Pro Vice-Chancellors Hilary Beckles, Elsa Leo-Rhynie, Marlene Hamilton, and Alvin Wint. Having left the University to work at Florida International University for over seven years, on her return, she now brings an international dimension to bear on her present role. 

Additionally, Ms. Jutan holds a Master’s degree from Florida International University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 


About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region. 

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global 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 its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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