As part of activities marking the 70th anniversary of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Cave Hill campus will this year be honouring 70 of its most outstanding graduates.
“We have formed a committee under [Professor Emeritus] Sir Woodville Marshall to come up with 70 outstanding names, and their names and images will be placed in the main building and unveiled on October 3,” revealed Henderson Carter, chair of the 70th Anniversary Planning Committee.
He also disclosed plans for a 70th anniversary production, highlighting the 70 outstanding achievements across the UWI’s four campuses over the past seven decades.
“We plan to do this in book form, as well as visual form, because we don’t always appreciate the role UWI has played in shaping society, in terms of providing technocrats for the government service and private sector, and this publication is intended to do just that,” Carter said.
On October 3, 1948, three students entered the gates of the then University College of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. Since then, hundreds of thousands of students have graduated from the UWI’s campuses at Mona, Cave Hill, St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus here in Barbados.
This year’s anniversary celebrations will be held under the theme, 70 years of leadership, 70 years of service.
Beginning on March 3, a series of community talks will be held across Barbados, covering a range of topics, such as disaster preparedness, entrepreneurship, fisheries and the legalization of marijuana. Similar discussions will also be held in Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
On Sunday, March 11, Cave Hill will also be holding a Run for the Kids in association with the Royal Bank of Canada. The aim is to raise $100,000 to assist students experiencing challenges in meeting their tuition costs.
“We are starting a $70 drive as well, in which we are encouraging alumni and the entire community to contribute at least $70 to a 70th anniversary scholarship, which we will be awarding to one undergraduate student and a postgraduate student,” Carter said during this week’s launch of UWI’s 70th anniversary celebration calendar of events.
On April 28, National Heroes Day, the Cave Hill Campus will also host a fund-raising dinner, entitled Dining with the Stars, which is expected to attract a host of luminaries from Barbados and the Caribbean, including, among others, cricketing legend the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, entertainers Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire, Anthony Mighty Gabby Carter, Emile Straker and Ricky Lil Rick Reid; and head of the Sandals hotel chain Gordon Butch Stewart.
Carter also revealed that in September, teacher-training workshops will be held in Mathematics, Language Arts and foreign languages, catering to teachers from the St Giles Primary School, Darryl Jordan Secondary and the Ellerslie Secondary School.
Asked what was the most significant accomplishment of UWI over the years, Principal of UWI Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau, said, “We have built the foundation of the modern Caribbean. You cannot go anywhere throughout the English speaking Caribbean and not see UWI’s footprint. Apart from our jurists and political leaders, we have unsung heroes and heroines with UWI education that have contributed significantly to transforming Caribbean societies.”