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UWItv presents PhD Conversations Series

For Release Upon Receipt - February 10, 2023


The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Friday, 10 February, 2023—UWItv is pleased to announce the launch of a new series in its programming entitled “UWI’s PhDs, a Conversation in Development.” This special series, highlighting the research and findings of the doctoral research and theses of UWI PhD graduates, was designed and developed in partnership with the University’s School for Graduate Studies and Research. 

 Episodes will air on UWItv’s Flow EVO channels on every last Tuesday of the month at 9:00 pm Eastern Caribbean/8:00 am Jamaica, and will be repeated throughout the UWItv schedule. The UWItv channel listing can be accessed at

 The concept was birthed in recognition of the rich and valuable research contributions made by UWI PhD graduates toward solving many of the issues and concerns confronting the region and the need to increase general awareness among key audiences and stakeholders.

 In its performance in both the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings and Latin America Rankings, The UWI maintained its position among the top 150 best universities in the world for research impact. This series helps to amplify that value proposition of The UWI brand, which this year commemorates its 75th Anniversary of serving the developing region of the Caribbean.

 Research has long been at the genesis of regional development in the fields of science and technology, economic theory and practice, education and pedagogy, culture and the arts and sociological and civic-political interventions that have brought positive changes to the daily lives of Caribbean citizens.

 Commenting on the launch of the series, Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research said, “The UWI’s postgraduate degrees distinguish our University and contribute to our high rank regionally and globally, and the series features some of the best research by our students across the various campuses making considerable contributions in their respective fields”. Professor Henry-Lee went on to emphasise her pride in the PhD students and encourages everyone to tune in to watch the series and enjoy the presentations.

 Meanwhile, Managing Director of UWItv Janet Caroo said, “UWItv is delighted to collaborate with the School of Graduate Studies and Research to help bridge the gap between this rich scholarship and public awareness.” She also noted “The series highlights the positive impact and value of UWI scholarship on people’s lives and UWItv is pleased to share this work with the wider region and world.”

Also commenting about the collaboration, which was initiated during her tenure, former Pro Vice-Chancellor Graduate Studies and Research, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine—now Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI St. Augustine Campus—said, “Research, especially innovative research that reflects our image and aspirations as a people, is at the centre of our upliftment as a region and an important catalyst for positive change. As I survey our UWI graduate researchers and their work as revealed in this dynamic UWItv series, I am inspired and proud that our future is in great hands. Congratulations. I know the public will benefit tremendously from this viewing.”


 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 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: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 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). 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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