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UWI Resumes Remote Operations

For Release Upon Receipt - January 3, 2022

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. Monday, January 3, 2022 – Following its usual end-of-year closure period from December 24 to January 2, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus resumed operations today, January 3. In an Internal Communique shared to staff and students today, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland confirmed that campus operations for Semester 2 2021/22 will look quite similar to the last semester as the institution will continue to operate in a largely virtual mode. 

Among the confirmations were that classes will continue to be delivered online for students, the default arrangement throughout the semester and for staff, existing arrangements from last semester will continue to January 31 2022, in the first instance. 

Regarding examinations, Professor Copeland confirmed that selected in-person examinations, in effect over the last semester, will also continue.  

In thanking staff and students for their continued patience in these uncertain times, Professor Copeland encouraged the campus community to get vaccinated. “If you have not done so, I encourage you once again to get vaccinated and inspire your friends and family to do the same. We know that vaccination, boosters, and masking are the strongest defence against the virus and the most responsible way to protect everyone in our community,” he said.  



About The UWI

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI 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 across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.

As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies 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 and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). 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. For more, visit

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