Saturday, August 09, 2008

University of the West Indies

UWI celebrates its 60th anniversary as graduates run the show in the region
Published on Friday, August 8, 2008

By Oscar Ramjeet
Caribbean Net News Special Correspondents

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands: The University of the West Indies (UWI) is celebrating its 60th anniversary and graduates from the educational institution are in the forefront of political, educational, cultural and other developmental aspects in the region. More so, most of the top businessmen and entrepreneurs are UWI graduates.

Eight of the regional prime ministers are graduates of UWI. In addition, former UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St Augustine Campus Principal, Professor Emeritus George Maxwell Richards is the current President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and alumnus, former UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and Mona Principal, Professor Emeritus Kenneth O. Hallis, the Governor General of Jamaica.

St Lucia’s Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy is also an alumni of UWI.

Dr Nicholas Liverpool, the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, who was awarded Caricom’s highest award, OCC, a month ago, was a former Dean of the faculty of law at Cave Hill.

Lawyers seem to be dominating the region. The latest is Tillman Thomas, who is the new Prime Minister of Grenada. He joined David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados, Dean Barrow of Belize, Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Hubert Ingraham, who is a law graduate of Nassau, Bahamas. Former Prime Minister of St Lucia, Kenny Anthony, is also a law graduate from UWI. In fact, he gained first class honours in LLM at Cave Hill University.

Former Jamaican Prime Minister, Percival Patterson, is also a lawyer, but he is an English-trained barrister, who nevertheless obtained a degree from UWI at Mona.

The acting Chancellor of the Judiciary in Guyana, Carl Singh, and Chief Justice Ian Chang are also UWI graduates, as well as the Chief Justices of Cayman Islands, Anthony Smellie; the Eastern Caribbean, Hugh Rawlins; Jamaica, Zaila Mc Calla;and Trinidad and Tobago Chief Justice Ivor Archie, who graduated from Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago in 1986

The current Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, is also a graduate of the UWI and so was his predecessor, Dr Kennedy Simmonds.

Patrick Manning, the Head of Government of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is also a UWI alumni and so were former Barbados Prime Minister, Erskine Sandiford, and David Brandt and Reuben Meade, former Chief Ministers of Montserrat.

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, is also a UWI graduate, as well as Dr Keith Mitchell, who served three terms as Head of Government in Grenada.

Derek Walcott, St Lucian poet, Nobel Laureate, was also educated at UWI.

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