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Update | Fire at the Lloyd Braithwaite Building at UWI St. Augustine

For Release Upon Receipt - November 25, 2022

St. Augustine

The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago. Friday 25 November, 2022 – Further to the update provided yesterday regarding the fire at the Lloyd Braithwaite Student Administration Building, please note that the building remains closed. 

All services offered by the departments within the building (Admissions, Records, Student Accounts, Examinations, Graduate Studies) will continue to be delivered online and will not be accessible in person for at least another week. 

We are indeed extremely thankful that the damage sustained was largely contained within an estimated 1000 sq. ft. storage room area and that no persons were injured, as a result of this incident. No student or sensitive records were stored in that area of the building and therefore no such documents were lost.  

We will provide another update on this matter closer to the end of next week, as we now turn our attention to advancing the diagnostic, cleaning and repair work required, to restore the facility for use by our staff, students, applicants, and other key community members.     


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.)