UWI Achievements

top ranked

The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2018 and 2019. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. For more on The UWI's ranking performance, see https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/university-west-indies.

producing leaders in every sphere of caribbean development

The University of the West Indies has an exceptional record of producing leaders in the Caribbean and wider world. Its alumni base numbers well over 120,000 who are at the forefront of their fields locally, regionally and internationally.

Two of the four Nobel Laureates of Caribbean descent, Derek A. Walcott (Nobel Prize for Literature, 1992) and Sir Arthur Lewis (Nobel Prize for Economics, 1979), have direct ties to the University. Sir Derek being an alumnus, and Sir Arthur a former Vice-Chancellor. UWI Professors, Anthony Chen, Leonard Nurse and John Agard also shared in the glory of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize given jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr, for their contribution to the IPCC as authors of special scientific working group reports.

The vast majority of Caribbean scholars, as well as more than 23 current and former Caribbean Prime Ministers and Heads of State are UWI alumni.



Caribbean Heads of Government


The Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart: Former Prime Minister of Barbados
The Hon. David Thompson: Former Prime Minister of Barbados
The Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur: Former Prime Minister of Barbados
The Rt. Hon. Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford: Former Prime Minister of Barbados


The Hon. Dean Barrow: Prime Minister of Belize

British Virgin Islands

The Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith: Former Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands


Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell: Prime Minister of Grenada
The Hon. Dr. Tillman Thomas: Former Prime Minister of Grenada


His Excellency David Granger: President of Guyana


The Hon. Andrew Holness:Prime Minister of Jamaica
The Hon. Bruce Golding: Former Prime Minister of Jamaica
The Most Hon. Percival J. Patterson: Former Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

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The Hon. Dr. Timothy Sylvester Harris: Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis
The Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas: Former Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis
Dr. the Rt. Hon. Sir Kennedy A. Simmonds: Former Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony: Former Prime Minister of St. Lucia


The Hon. Vance Amory: Premier of Nevis

The Hon. Joseph Walcott Parry: Former Premier of Nevis

Trinidad and Tobago

The Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley: Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
The Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
The Hon. Patrick Manning: Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves: Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines


UWI Academics and Alumni recognized by the Nobel Award

Former UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Arthur Lewis (St. Lucia) received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979.Fellow St. Lucian and UWI Alumnus Mr. Derek Walcott received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was given to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Control (IPCC) and former US Vice President Al Gore Jr. As members of the UN's Intergovenmental Panel for Climate Contril and authors of scientific working group reports related to global warming, academics Professor Anthony Chen, Dr. Leonard Nurse and Professor John Agard also shared in the glory of the 2007 prize. It should be noted that although the prize was awarded based on the collective contributions of thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries, over two decades, the UWI is proud of the contribution made by its personnel towards improving the environment for the betterment of mankind.


Knowledge creation and knowledge application in the region

The University of the West Indies is the largest resource for knowledge creation and knowledge application in the region. No other grouping in the Caribbean comprises as many diverse thinkers and technical people, working assiduously on positive action to address the challenges of our island states and wider world.

Among some of the unique innovations credited to The UWI are:

  • The Mona Campus’ Cardiac Simulator (utilising a pig’s heart), which at least nine US teaching institutions have used in their cardio training programmes, including Johns Hopkins University, Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University.
  • The Cave Hill Campus’ multimillion-dollar agricultural industry transformation project, which has created a viable, high-end leather industry based on the Barbados Black Belly Sheep.
  • The Genesis Pan (G-Pan) and the amplified Percussive Harmonic Instrument (PHI), or 'electric pan', two of the latest technological innovations of the Steel Pan Initiatives Project of the St Augustine Campus. The G-Pan increases the range of musical notes possible on the traditional steel pan, while the PHI key?board is a fully synthesized, MIDI-based instrument, which produces authentic steel pan tones as well as a variety of instrument tones.

Leading global climate action

Recognised for our research and activism on climate change and climate resilience, in January 2019, the International Association of Universities (IAU) selected The UWI as a global leader in the mobilisation of higher education and research institutions for sustainable development. The IAU designated The UWI as the lead institution for a Global University Consortium on SDG 13 (Climate Action) in recognition of the University’s decades of research contributions on climate change and sustainable development.