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UWI/University of Glasgow welcome second cohort of applicants for joint masterís degree

For Release Upon Receipt - May 28, 2024


The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Tuesday, May 28, 2024—The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and the University of Glasgow (UofG) have successfully pioneered a joint double degree MA/MSc in Reparatory Justice. Applications are currently open for the programme’s second intake of students.

The double degree master’s programme, which features a unique partnership between The UWI and UofG for teaching, research and education, targets current and emerging social activists, CARICOM citizens, and members of the Caribbean and African diaspora. Course content is focused on the Caribbean and the reparations movement but draws on case studies from the broader global context. The programme also collaborates with research centres in Europe, the Americas and Africa.

With the option to study in the Caribbean (Barbados or Jamaica) or Glasgow, Scotland, successful students will graduate with a degree from both universities within 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Significantly, over a dozen funding opportunities are available exclusively to Caribbean and diaspora applicants eligible for the pioneering programme.

This alliance between The UWI and UofG, established through a 2019 MOU, represents one of the major triumphs in the quest for reparatory justice, as the UofG has acknowledged that it had been supported and funded by the profits from slavery in the past. The master’s programme, a product of that MOU, is directed by the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research, another joint reparatory justice initiative.

As a world leader in the formulation, activism, and academic research underpinning claims for reparations for slavery, with social justice as part of its core, The UWI is proud to offer this dual degree in its catalogue of programmes. The regional University continues to see this scholarship as part of its mission to affirm its commitment to greater advocacy and consciousness-raising at the forefront of justice conversations.

An interactive information session for prospective students will be held on Thursday, May 30 from at 9:00 AM (Eastern Caribbean/AST) via UWItv Global. Interested persons will have an opportunity to chat with current students and staff from both The UWI and UofG.


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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