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Professor Hamid Ghany conferred as Honorary Professor at The UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - December 7, 2021


The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. W.I. Tuesday, 7 December 2021— The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the conferral of the title of ‘Honorary Professor’ on Professor Hamid Ghany for his significant contributions to Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs at The UWI and across the region. Professor Ghany is currently serving at the University on attachment to the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), St. Augustine Campus. His appointment Honorary Professor is for the period October 1, 2021 to July 31, 2023. 

Professor Ghany has recently retired as Director of SALISES, at the St Augustine Campus. He was Director from October 2017 to September this year. He is a Professor in Constitutional Affairs and Parliamentary Studies and a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (2003-2012). He created the Faculty’s Constitutional Affairs and Parliamentary Studies Unit and created the Sir Arthur Lewis Distinguished Lecture Series at SALISES, St Augustine in 2018. He has taught Political Sciences and Governance courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1993. He was Course Coordinator and Lecturer of Law, Governance, the Economy and Society from 1999 to 2012. 

Professor Ghany’s publications include two authored books including his Constitutional Development in the Commonwealth Caribbean, one co-authored book, one edited book, a monograph on Changing Our Constitution, 21 book chapters, 14articles in the Journal of Legislative Studies, the International Journal of Human Rights and the Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Social Psychology among others. He has served as a reviewer for the University of the West Indies Press, International Political Science Review, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Social and Economic Studies, and Caribbean Quarterly. He has also presented several papers on Constitutional Affairs and Parliamentary Studies at international conferences, written scholarly works and technical reports. 

 As part of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, Professor Ghany received the Chaconia Medal (Gold), Trinidad and Tobago’s second highest national award, for “long and meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago” as an Educator in the field of Education. In 2014, he was awarded a research grant from the United Kingdom’s Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee to lead a research project on Magna Carta in the Commonwealth Caribbean to celebrate the 800th Anniversary in 2015. 

Professor Ghany’s public service has extended across the Eastern Caribbean. He has served on two Constitution Commissions and chaired public consultations on Constitutional Reform in Trinidad and Tobago. He has also contributed to Constitutional Reform in St. Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, and has been a key figure in government discussions on Tobago. 


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