The University of the West Indies

3.9 out of 5 (243 ratings / 231 reviews) Kingston, Jamaica
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus offers world class, accredited higher education programmes to Jamaica, the region and the globe. We engage in research and development designed to support the social and economic growth of the Caribbean region, the provision of community service, and the enrichment of the academic experience.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (84)
Social Sciences (64)
Humanities (59)

About

History

In 1943 the Vice Chancellors of United Kingdom Universities convened a special commission to ' consider the principles which should guide the promotion of higher education, learning and research...in the colonies.' The recommendations of that commission saw a Royal Charter formally establishing what was then the University College of the West Indies in 1948. 

Education

UWI’s 8 faculties offer a wide range of options at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes in Agriculture, Humanities and Education, Engineering, Law, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Pure and Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Sport. Programmes are international in scope with a unique Caribbean focus. This strong emphasis on Caribbean issues makes The UWI the ideal educational institution for local and international students with an interest in Caribbean society.

Research

UWI is focused on building a research institution that will enable us to become internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in research, knowledge creation and innovation on matters relating to the Caribbean and Small Island Developing States.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
401 100
2021
501
2020
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.

Services

Student services

Our dedicated Student Services offices have been set up to support you as you during your time at UWI. The staff at these offices will be able to provide you with information on numerous student services including Financial Aid, Accommodation, Mentoring Programmes and even Part-Time/Vacation Employment.

Housing services

Our students can find accomodation in one of our five campuses:

  • Mona, Jamaica
  • St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Cave Hill, Barbados
  • The Open Campus
  • Five Islands Campus

Library services

  • Welcome to the UWI Mona Campus Library System which includes the Main Library as well as the Law, Medical, Science and Western Jamaica Campus branches. 

Cavehill Campus libraries:

  • Audine Wilkinson Library
  • CLR James Cricket Research Centre Library
  • Elizabeth Watson AV Unit
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences Library
  • The Law Library
  • The Sidney Martin Library

Medical services

  • The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus encourages healthy lifestyles, while supporting a positive work environment and promoting a balance between personal and work responsibilities.
  • The University Health Centre (UHC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, provides a wide range of primary and secondary health care services to members of the university community. 

Student Life

Campus life

The University of the West Indies has five campuses:

  • Mona, Jamaica
  • St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Cave Hill, Barbados
  • The Open Campus
  • Five Islands Campus
UWI is ideal for creating memories. With hundreds of student clubs, campus events and dedicated student activity centres, excitement is always on at your University.

Sports facilities

  • Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Swimming, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Track and Field, Volleyball, Chess, Taekwondo and Aerobics in Malcolm Marshall Nets, Sir Garfield Sobers Coaching Centre, Multi-purpose Court, Basketball Court, Hockey Turf, Students' Gym, Usain Bolt Sports Complex, 3Ws Oval.
  • The Sports complex of the University of the West Indies, Mona is situated at the Mona Bowl.  The Mona Bowl is the home of: Cricket Matches, Rugby Tournaments, Football, Basketball Competitions, Volleyball.

Student clubs

There is a Club, Society or Movement designed for your intellectual, spiritual, social, economic, relational and physical needs. Make your choice from more than 100.

Accreditation

The Mona School of Business recently received accredita - tion for its programmes from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

UWI Mona is a fully-accredited tertiary-level institution. Our programmes - available across our 5 Faculties, 8 schools and 12 specialist centres - have been closely examined and evaluated, and we are proud of the 'flying colours' we have continuously received.

Student Reviews

UWI through a pandemic
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience at University thus far was excellent, despite having to endure the shift from on campus classes to virtual sessions due to the pandemic. I cannot complain about any decrease in the quality of work delivered from the institution I attend. The UWI ability to adapt and facilitate all the needs of the students throughout the pandemic was unmatched, hence I can...

Caribbean Undergraduate Experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I had a great time studying at The University of the West Indies. My colleagues were exceptional. However, the pandemic didn’t make it easier on us as we found our sessions clashing and more assignments in shorter time. But I kept focus as I was fortunate to have good support from family and friends. Whilst there are areas at the University that can be improved, I believe...

My Time at UWI
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My overall university experience was very good. However, due to covid, I was unable to have face-to-face classes.

Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica

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