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UWI Mona responds to outbreak of violence in Jamaica

For Release Upon Receipt - May 27, 2010

St. Augustine


The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in Jamaica has taken note of the concerns that the outbreak of violence on the island has created with international partner universities and governments with nationals studying on the Campus. 

The Mona Campus is some distance away from the areas of unrest, and the security risk assessment conducted by UWI Mona Director of Security, Assistant Commissioner of Police Keith Gardner, has indicated that the threat against life and property on the campus is low. Nonetheless, members of the community are urged to take all necessary precautions once they leave the Campus, and to monitor radio reports for up-to-date assessment of the situation.

A number of steps have been taken to ensure the safety of international and CARICOM students who may have remained either on or off the Campus since the semester ended on May 12. The  International Students Office has contacted all international and CARICOM students who are still at Mona, sensitizing them to security precautions and, if they are off the Campus,  to the need for them to be responsible and not place themselves in harm’s way. The University Health Centre has made counsellors available for any student who may feel the need for such services. There is an escort service available on the Campus at night, if needed. The Campus provides transportation and security personnel for students who need to be taken to the airport.

The UWI, Mona recognises that the security situation is a significant national problem and the Campus remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of all students.


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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.