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UWI Prof. Mark Wuddivira Lands Key Role on International Science Council Committee

For Release Upon Receipt - February 14, 2024

St. Augustine


Professor Mark Wuddivira, Dean of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus and President of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences 

St. Augustine, February, 14 , 2024 – In a world where small island nations face unique challenges, the International Science Council (ISC) is charting a course towards resilience and sustainability. At the helm of this journey is the Small Island Development States (SIDS) Liaison Committee, an ISC initiative dedicated to enhancing collaboration, addressing unique challenges, and empowering these vibrant yet vulnerable communities to flourish amidst global changes. Professor Mark Wuddivira, Dean of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St. Augustine Campus and President of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, has recently been appointed to a pivotal role within the ISC’s SIDS Liaison Committee, marking a significant step forward in championing the cause of small island states.

 Comprising distinguished scientists hailing from Small Island States worldwide, the liaison committee serves a key role in advising the ISC on strategic initiatives pertinent to SIDS. This includes fostering collaboration within the SIDS scientific community for the UN Decade of Ocean Science and championing pertinent issues within the ISC and its advisory bodies. The overarching objective is to enhance the representation and influence of SIDS scientists across all facets of council activities.

 Established in 2018, the ISC is a non-governmental organization committed to mobilizing and uniting scientific expertise, counsel, and advocacy on matters of global significance to both science and society. With its headquarters situated in Paris, France, the ISC boasts a diverse membership exceeding 245 international scientific unions and associations, national and regional scientific organizations, including academies, research councils, as well as international federations and societies.

 Professor Wuddivira's initial involvement will be integral in the preparation for the forthcoming 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States themed “Charting the Course Toward Resilient Prosperity.” The conference is slated to convene from 27th to 30th May 2024 in Antigua and Barbuda, showcasing his dedication to advancing the scientific discourse surrounding SIDS.

 The UWI St. Augustine Campus extends congratulations to Professor Wuddivira for this prestigious appointment.

 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 center of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region for over 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 nearly 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 Global Campus, and global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The UWI offers over 1000 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 the wider world.

 The UWI has been consistently ranked among the best in the world by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). Since The UWI’s 2018 debut in THE’s rankings, it has performed well in multiple schemes—among them including World University Rankings, Golden Age University Rankings (between 50 and 80 years old), Latin America Rankings, and the 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 Well-being; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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