News Releases

Professor Clive Landis to be inducted as new Principal of The UWI Cave Hill Campus on November 13

For Release Upon Receipt - November 9, 2021

Cave Hill



The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. Tuesday, November 9, 2021—Professor Clive Landis will be formally welcomed into his role as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus at an Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 13.

He will be joined by a few relatives, senior UWI officials and other members of the University community, as well as regional public and private sector representatives, for his formal induction as the Campus’ sixth Principal. The wider university community and public audience are invited to witness the tradition of the ceremonial donning of the academic gown and mortarboard virtually via the UWItv platforms.  

This hybrid format Induction Ceremony is a historic first for the Cave Hill Campus due to COVID-19 public health protocols. The programme will also include live entertainment, remarks from key stakeholders across the region as well as the Principal’s inaugural address and articulated vision for the Campus as the climax.

Commenting on plans for his tenure, Professor Landis said, “I have an optimistic vision for the Cave Hill Campus to be an outward-looking academy, that through innovation partnerships will create value for society while diversifying income streams.”

Professor Landis joined The UWI Cave Hill Campus in 2004, and previously served as Deputy Principal, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies. A Professor of Cardiovascular Research, he holds a PhD in immunology and has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Among his areas of research are the immune system and viruses, including established viruses like HIV and emerging viruses like Zika and COVID-19.

He is a former Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre. Additionally, he has chaired The UWI Zika Task Force and is the current Chair of The UWI COVID-19 Task Force. He has also served as Honorary Director of the Barbados Government’s HIV laboratory.

Saturday’s Induction Ceremony held under the theme: ‘Journey to Economic Health through Innovation and Community Engagement’ will be live streamed via, UWItv on Facebook and on UWItv channels on Flow EVO from 5:00 p.m. (Barbados/Eastern Caribbean/AST) | 4:00 p.m. (Jamaica).

Professor Landis succeeds Professor the Most Honourable V. Eudine Barriteau who retired in July.



About The University of the West Indies

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.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%.

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading 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.

For more, visit