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UWI HEU, Centre for Health Economics named after Sir George Alleyne

For Release Upon Receipt - November 2, 2011

St. Augustine

On Tuesday October 25th, 2011, The HEU, Centre for Health Economics at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, was renamed after the University’s Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne.  

Sir George has served as Chancellor to The UWI for the last eight years and has been a long-standing friend of the HEU. His contributions to the development of health systems in the region and beyond have been invaluable. In 1995, Sir George became Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) and completed a second four-year term, in January 2003. In 2003, he was elected Director Emeritus of the PASB. From February 2003 until December 2010, he was the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. Sir George currently holds an Adjunct professorship on the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.  

The building renaming is part of a wider initiative to recognize persons who contributed significantly to the success and well being of the Campus and the University.  This initiative falls under the St. Augustine Campus 50th Anniversary commemorations.  



About UWI

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.

(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)