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UWI Decides - No change in Tuition fees

For Release Upon Receipt - July 27, 2022

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. Wednesday 27th July 2022 – The St Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies wishes to advise the public that Chancellor Robert Bermudez has approved a request from the Campus to retain current tuition fees for the upcoming Academic Year 2022/2023. The request was made consequent to feedback from prospective and current students of the difficulty in committing to registering for the new year given the uncertainty about the new fee levels.    

Principal Brian Copeland reiterated that, as the Campus looks forward to welcoming new and returning students in September, faculty and staff remain committed to serving students and the broader society to the best of its ability, and in keeping with its status of a globally recognized, world-class higher education institution.

He also commented that citizens who question the value of a University degree in the current economic climate, should come to terms with the fact that a University education is a lifelong investment. The emphasis right now should be on preparing oneself for the future when the economic challenges have significantly improved - those who are prepared for that certainty will be best able to seize whatever opportunities may arise.  In that regard, joining the UWI St Augustine family represents the best value for money, given the fact that its fees are among the lowest and that its degrees are accepted and recognized globally. 

After more than two years of remote teaching and learning, the St. Augustine Campus will return to face-to-face operations from September 2022, in time for the start of the 2022/2023 Academic Year. The administrative staff returned to physical work in June and the aim is to have the students on campus in the new academic year. The Campus Senior Management team is ensuring that physical spaces, such as auditoria, lecture rooms and laboratories are well prepared. Concessionaires will be returning while maintaining safety protocols for the campus community. 

Students will have full access to conduct labs, visit the Alma Jordan Library and consult with lecturers. Halls of Residence will resume operations and will welcome students to the Joyce Gibson- Inniss Hall (Medical Sciences students), Sir Arthur Lewis and Canada Halls. 


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. 

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. 

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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.)