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Welcome to The UWI Open Campus

As The UWI moves into a new era of growth and transformation to address the issues of becoming a truly global institution, the role of the Open Campus must now be pivotal in that transformative process. Its core strengths in online and distance delivery, as well as the very key role that the physical sites play in bringing The UWI to our communities across the region, must now be harnessed for the benefit of all campuses and hence for the ultimate benefit of an even more integrated and united UWI.

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The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal is proud of the partnerships and projects geared ultimately towards strengthening our online delivery and bringing UWI to communities across the region.

  • Canadian Government's Project to Strengthen Distance Education in the Caribbean (SDEC)

    This project aims to increase employment and other income-generation opportunities by improving access to postsecondary education for women and men living in Caribbean communities underserved by The UWI Open Campus.

  • JAMPRO and The UWI Open Campus Sign Educational Services Alliance

    A further step to develop the educational and entrepreneurial capacity of Jamaicans was made with the recent signing of an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a ceremony held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Boardroom in New Kingston.

  • UWI Business and Tech Students on One-Month Exchange in Japan

    Eight UWI students are currently in Japan participating in a one-month exchange programme at Sophia University. The initiative which is funded by the Japan-based Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC), seeks to promote international cooperation and deepen mutual understanding between Japan and various countries.

  • WIPA, UWI Open Campus sign MoU

    The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) show that they are serious about implementing their new partnership under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in September 2015.


Featured Projects

Government of Canada

Canadian Government's Project to Strengthen Distance Education in the Caribbean (SDEC)

Project Summary: CAD $31,062 million
GOC: Cad $19.26 million
UWI: Cad $7.658 million
CDB: Cad $3.00 million
USF (Jamaica): Cad $1.144 million
Duration: April 2014–June 2018

This project aims to increase employment and other income-generation opportunities by improving access to postsecondary education for women and men living in Caribbean communities underserved by The UWI Open Campus. Under the SDEC umbrella, The UWI will develop and introduce a suite of distance education (DE) programmes and build the University’s institutional capacity to deliver these programmes to a broader student base.

Government of Trinidad & Tobago

Of special note is the contribution of land by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which donated 10 acres of land in Chaguanas to the Open Campus. The first phase of construction is on-going and funds have been advanced to progress this project with an approved budget of TT$57.0m. The infrastructure works are in progress with final construction in 2016.

Government of Grenada

The Government of Grenada contributed land to the University, which has been included in the books of the Open Campus at a value of EC$8.6m. It is envisioned that an expanded Open Campus Country site will be built on this land and proposals for funding this are in progress.

Government of St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Vincentians desirous of pursuing degree courses from the University of the West Indies (UWI), will be able to do without having to spend a number of years on campuses overseas. This, when the UWI Open Campus of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, located on Murray’s Road, Kingstown, is upgraded by September 2016, providing students with "comfortable learning commons to accommodate them with modern facilities." The news was disclosed by Dr Luz Longsworth, Pro Vice- Chancellor and Principal (Ag) of the University of the West Indies Open Campus, during the launch of the UWI Open Campus Development Project, at the Kingstown site in May 2015.

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Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

Dr. Luz Longsworth, Principal and Pro Vice-Chancelor (Ag.) of The UWI Open Campus paid a courtesy call on the President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith (fourth left) and his team in Barbados in May 2015. Discussions were held about the progress of CDB-funded projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia as well as other possible development projects in the Open Campus.

SUNY University

UWI Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles visited the USA in September 2015 on a visit which aims to strengthen The UWI’s global presence and impact. His visit began in New York City with a meeting with the Board of Directors of the American Foundation of The University of the West Indies (AFUWI), the principal link between the institution and its alumni and the Caribbean diaspora community in the United States, as well as American foundations and corporations with Caribbean business interests or Caribbean markets. As part of his AFUWI-related itinerary, Vice-Chancellor Beckles – accompanied by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal (Ag.) Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth, Executive Director Central Office of Regional and International Affairs, Dr David Rampersad, and Honorary Distinguished Fellow of The UWI and former Chancellor of the New York Department of Education Mr Dennis Walcott – met with Chairman H. Carl McCall, Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and other lead members of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive university system in the United States to advance dialogue on new and ongoing areas of collaboration with The UWI.

USAID

Partners of The UWI Open Campus broke ground in Kingston Jamaica in November 2015 for the construction of a an independent living apartment complex for girls who will be leaving state care.This project is part of a multi-agency 'Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care' project in Jamaica, which supports citizen safety and security.

The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jamaica, and is being implemented through the collaborative efforts of the Caribbean Child Development Centre, The University of the West Indies Open Campus, the Child Development Agency, the Social Welfare Training Centre and the UWI Project Management Office.

Dr. Luz Longsworth. Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Open Campus took the opportunity to present copies of the seminal book, "Breaking Down the Walls: An Evolution of the Extra-Mural Department of The University of the West Indies 1947-2000", to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller and the USA Ambassador to Jamaica, Mr. Luis. G Moreno.

At the event, the Principal also announced 45 scholarships from the Open Campus to be offered during the project's first year for the pursuit of CXC and certificate courses. The scholarship programme is being considered to be named in honour of the late UWI Vice-Chancellor, the Hon. Professor Rex Nettleford.

See pictures from the event here - Groundbreaking Ceremony Transitional Living Programme for Children.

Chase Fund

The Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC) sourced funding for programme activities and received project grants as highlighted in the table below. Additionally, the Centre submitted a proposal to the Chase Fund and was successful in this endeavour. It will receive a grant to refurbish and extend the existing building to accommodate additional offices and extend the training facility.

West Indies Players Association

The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) show that they are serious about implementing their new partnership under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in September 2015.

The Head of Open Campus Jamaica (Eastern Region), Miss Levene Griffiths, recently welcomed and made presentations to WIPA members from the Leeward Islands and Jamaica. Members were given information kits about access courses, degree diploma and certificate programmes, training courses and continuing and professional education options available from the Open Campus.

The players were very inspired and many were keen to sign up . Both meetings were held in Jamaica on November 9 and 10, 2015 at the Fours Seasons Hotel and Sabina Park, respectively.

WIPA and UWI are working together on joint projects that focus on capacity building, organizational development and technical assistance. This MOU allows WIPA members to access training, education and information through The UWI Open Campus. The campus will grant discounted tuitions to WIPA’s members for eligible programmes, once members meet entry requirements.

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Caribbean Leadership Project

Deputy Principal of the UWI Open Campus, Professor Julie Meeks, was selected as part of the fifth cohort of the Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP). She is the first person from The UWI to be selected to participate in this programme.

The CLP is a seven-year, $20 million (CAD) Project, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada (DFATD) (formerly known as CIDA) to support the leadership and economic development training needs of regional and national public sectors in twelve (12) CARICOM countries. The countries participating in the project are Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

The Project also targets key regional institutions which play a pivotal role in advancing regional integration and economic development.

The Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) is the executing agency for the Project, while the Regional Project Office (RPO) is hosted by the Cave Hill School of Business / University of the West Indies (CHSB/UWI) in Barbados. The CLP will be collaborating with a number of regional learning institutions to deliver the Project.

Philantrophy and Scholarships

The Open Campus receives and gives out a number of student scholarships each academic year. Some of these include:

  • American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) scholarships
  • Canadian Foundation for The University of the West Indies (CFUWI) scholarships
  • UWI Open Scholarship
  • Republic Bank of Grenada Bursaries for Open Campus Online Grenadian Students
  • UWI Open Campus onlineWestern Union Pride of the Caribbean Scholarships
  • Patricia Ismond Scholarship
  • Larry Quinlan Scholarship
  • Vivienne Roberts Scholarship