Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, on Thursday
chaired the inaugural meeting of the Special Committee set up to review the academic
and administrative operations of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre.
Dr. Mitchell is Chairman of the eight-member Special Committee of the University Grants
Committee which has been tasked with the review process.
In opening remarks at the meeting, Dr. Mitchell said that as a graduate of The UWI, he
has a strong personal interest in undertaking the review exercise.
He said, “I believe I speak for all of us, when I say our commitment to undertake this
review exercise is influenced by our high regard for The University of the West Indies, an
institution that is dear to our heart. Particularly so, because we have all experienced The
UWI’s higher education delivery, and benefited from the value of capacity building in the
development of societies across the Caribbean.”
Acknowledging the significance of the task ahead, and its bearing on the future
sustainability of the regional institution, Dr. Mitchell said the critical question is whether
alternative models or methods can be identified to enable The UWI to continue its role in
the education of Caribbean nationals.
Dr. Mitchell, a trained statistician, also underscored the importance of appropriate data to
facilitate the work of the review committee.
The UWI Centre serves as the coordinating body for the strategic activities of the multi-
campus university. It is also responsible for promoting development research of a regional
nature; coordinating the quality assurance and accreditation functions of the university
system; promoting the university’s international relations, advocacy, and programmes;
enhancing the regional and international reputation of the integrated university; and
maintaining the regional character and identity of the university in an era when campuses
were granted greater autonomy.