Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit handed over a signed proclamation for the observance of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Day on Saturday, January 7, to Head of the UWI Open Campus, Dominica, Dr. Kimone Joseph.
UWI Day was commemorated with a series of proclamations by various regional heads of state across the region, signalling the start of UWI’s 75th anniversary of celebrations.
The Government of Dominica supports the UWI 75th Anniversary celebrations under the theme: “Rooted. Ready.Rising.”
“The University of the West Indies is rooted in the Caribbean, so although we are preparing people for careers and lives and research from all parts of the world and our people move to all areas of the world to work after attending the University of the West Indies, we do have that primary focus and what it means to be a Caribbean person accessing world-class education,” Dr. Joseph said.
And according to her, UWI always stands ‘ready’ to train our people and provide the highest levels of education.
“We continue to focus on access and providing educational opportunities for our people where they are and that forms part of our readiness,” she explained.
She explained that ‘rising’ speaks to the fact that there are challenges in the Caribbean region.
“We know that there are challenges within the University of the West Indies itself, but we are transcending and we are coping with the times and we are innovative enough to be able to continue to rise despite these challenges,” she stated.
For over seven decades UWI has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and the wider world. It also plays a crucial role in equipping future professionals with high-level skills and knowledge to make meaningful contributions to the region’s development.
Its 75th anniversary year will feature initiatives purposely designed and aligned to reflect on its past, confront the present, and articulate plans for its future across all five campuses as well as internationally, through partner associations and affiliates.