Just short of a year ago, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles indicated the intention of the University, “to be located in the top 3% of ranked universities by the end of the current strategic planning cycle in 2023.”
On Friday, July 17, 2020, Vice-Chancellor Beckles declared a resounding surpassing of this target by the Caribbean’s leading university, as Times Higher Education (THE) the globally recognised and most prestigious ranking agency for higher education, announced its 2020 rankings, and The UWI secured top spots on its three latest lists—Latin America University Rankings, Golden Age University Rankings, and Impact Rankings.
“Triple Firsts”, as coined by Vice-Chancellor Beckles, marks “The UWI’s breaking into the top 1% of universities in the Latin America and Caribbean region; the top 1% of Golden Age universities—i.e. the category of global universities between 50 to 80 years old; and retention of its number one position as the only Caribbean University to be ranked.”
“This remarkable achievement puts The UWI in an elite band,” Vice- Chancellor Beckles said. “We are elite, but not elitist.” He went on explain that, “the magnitude of this achievement is further contextualised within a landscape comprised of at least 209 Caribbean-based higher education institutions, an approximate 5,497 universities within Latin America and the Caribbean, and over 30,000 universities registered worldwide.”