UWI among top 5 per cent of universities in the world

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has broken into the T imes Higher Education ( THE ) World University Rankings for the first time, appearing at 591 out of the 1,258 universities which made the list.

“This puts The UWI in the elite band of the top five per cent of universities worldwide based on data showing that there are over 25,000 recognised universities, globally,” the university said in a statement to the media Thursday.

The 2019 THE World University Rankings, which were released Wednesday last, also showed that the 70-year-old regional university, which is relatively young among its counterparts in the world rankings, scored in the top 10 per cent of universities (#290) for its international outlook and in the top 30 per cent (#370) for research influence.

The UWI, which was the only Caribbean university on THE's 2018 Latin America University Rankings, is also the only Caribbean institution on the world-wide list.

“The excellence of The UWI has been a well-kept secret for far too long. Now, with these very impressive global ranking results, we can begin to share with the world the story of this academic enterprise in the West Indies that highlights the intellectual achievement and scholastic contributions of the Caribbean community,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said on receiving the news.

The achievement, the university said, is the result of a series of deliberate strategic initiatives advanced with the implementation of the university's five-year strategic plan for 2017-2022.

“In 2015, when Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles took over the reins, he declared an intention to radically globalise the university and to prepare it for regional and global comparisons within the THE's rankings. This required the considerable mobilising of the evidence relevant to its academic legacy and current strategic agenda as a strategic project. “Vice-Chancellor Beckles, in establishing an Office for Global Affairs, and giving a remit to the redesigned Office of Strategic Planning, recognised the need for The UWI to be competitive internationally within a global sector. The Vice-Chancellor's vision to have The UWI recognised within the top five per cent of the best universities in the world has now been realised,” the university said.

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