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UWI St Augustine Campus salutes Honorary Graduate Wilfred Sidney Knox

For Release Upon Receipt - February 9, 2023

St. Augustine


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  The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago. Thursday 9, February 2023 — The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus is mourning the loss of Mr. Wilfred Sidney Knox, one of the Founding Fathers of The UWI Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business. The UWI awarded him an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws in 1991 for his stellar contribution in the fields of business and entrepreneurship.

 Sidney Knox was one of The UWI ALJGSB original Board Members in 1989, when the then UWI Institute of Business was founded as a partnership between The UWI and the Private Sector with the aim of developing competencies consistent with the changing needs of the business community. A lecture hall at The UWI ALJGSB was also named in his honour.

 Mr. Knox, whose business acumen and drive were recognised throughout the Caribbean as he led the growth of the Neal and Massy Group far beyond its Trinidad and Tobago borders.  In 2006, he was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

 Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, remarked on the fact that, in the post-independence transition period, it was he who positively shaped the response of the business community as he created a pan-Caribbean business model, based on competitiveness, value, and service.

 The UWI St. Augustine Campus extends condolences to the family and friends of Sidney Knox.


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 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 for the past 75 years.

 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: Monain Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hillin Barbados, Five IslandsinAntigua and Barbuda and itsOpen Campus, and global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

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 The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). 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 in the World University Rankings, it is also in the top 25 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.

 2023 marks The UWI’s 75th anniversary. The Diamond jubilee milestone themed “UWI at 75. Rooted. Ready. Rising.” features initiatives purposely designed and aligned to reflect on the past, confront the present, and articulate plans for the future of the regional University.

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