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Professor C. Justin Robinson is new Pro Vice-Chancellor for The UWI Board for Undergraduate Studies

For Release Upon Receipt - September 20, 2021


Professor Justin Robinson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies, The UWI.

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. W.I. Monday, September 20, 2021—The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor C. Justin Robinson as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Board for Undergraduate Studies (BUS). Professor Robinson’s appointment took effect on August 1, 2021, beginning his three-year term. 

As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robinson will oversee the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies (OBUS) which is charged with responsibility for policy, quality and regionality in developing and coordinating policy initiatives to guide all aspects of undergraduate and sub-degree programming at The UWI and its regional and global affiliates. This includes articulating, implementing and managing The UWI's academic quality assurance enhancement system; and the preservation of the regional mandate of The UWI in its undergraduate academic delivery. 

Professor Robinson has served The UWI for 24 years and continues to have an illustrious career that spans teaching, programme coordination, research, university administration and public service. He first joined the Cave Hill Campus as a Lecturer in the Department of Management Studies in 1997. In 2003, he was promoted to Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, serving in that capacity until 2007. Subsequently, he returned to teaching in Management as Senior Lecturer and then served as Head of the Department of Management for five years. 

In 2012, he became Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and has held several other responsibilities at Cave Hill, including campus representative on the University Council and the Board for Undergraduate Studies. He also served as a member of the task force, ‘Creation of an Entrepreneurial University’ in 2016, and a member of the task force for the establishment of a Faculty of Sport in 2017.  In 2020, Professor Robinson became the Head of the Department of Economics and Executive Director & CEO Ag. of the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management. He is also Co-Chair of The UWI Corporate Investment Committee, and served on the Committee ‘Imagining The UWI for the 2020/2021 Academic Year and Beyond’. 

Professor Robinson has led the development of several BSc and MSc programmes, including the BSc and MSc Banking and Finance programmes and the BSc Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business and Marketing. He has also served as supervisor to a total of 12 PhD and 15 MPhil students, to date. 

Recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence 2018/2019 for public service and service to the University; and Most Outstanding Research Article (Faculty of Social Sciences) Special Award on the Occasion of the Inaugural Campus Research Day (2009), Professor Robinson’s impressive publication output includes almost 30 journal articles and book chapters as well as technical reports on Finance in Barbados. 

Professor Robinson has been an invited presenter at prestigious conferences around the world, as far as Qatar. His noteworthy portfolio of public service to national, regional, and international public and scholarly bodies spans positions such as Director of the Central Bank of Barbados, First Vice President of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Financial Advisor to the Barbados Co-operative Credit Union League, Financial Advisor to Windward Islands Farmers’ Association (WINFA), Chair of the Barbados National Insurance Scheme, Member of the Council of Economic Advisors, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Member of the ISSA Social Security Investments Expert Panel, and Member of the Oversight Committee on State-Owned Enterprises in Barbados. 

The University of the West Indies extends congratulations to Professor Robinson on his appointment as new Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies. 


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.)