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About the Open Campus, UWI

The newest campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) was formally launched in Antigua & Barbuda on July 4 at the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in 2008.

The Open Campus is an amalgamation of the previous Office of the Board for Non-Campus Countries & Distance Education (BNNCDE), the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), the UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), and the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit (TLIU). The Campus, which has nearly 50 physical site locations in 17 English-speaking Caribbean countries, offers multi-mode teaching and learning services through virtual and physical site locations across the Caribbean region. The Open Campus has developed a unique approach in the Caribbean region to enhancing the student experience in innovative continuing and professional education, undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education study programmes and courses by distance, blended, online and face-to-face learning modes. We offer a three-tiered registration structure to suit particular needs and educational backgrounds. The system allows our students to move and transfer within the entire University system to reach the required standard. All of our convenient and high-quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing and professional education programmes and courses, have been designed in direct response to meet the changing educational and training needs of the underserved communities across the Caribbean region. The Open Campus also works closely with our sister UWI Campuses at Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine to offer many academic options in many key areas for Caribbean and global markets.


Guiding Principles

The Open Campus of the University of the West Indies is based on the idea that the high-quality university education, research and services available at our institution should be open and available to all people who wish to reach their full potential inside and outside of the Caribbean region. The Open Campus will adopt quality teaching and learning experiences, innovative pedagogic design, relevant research and community partnerships to deliver face-to-face, blended and online learning.


Core Values

  • Student-Centred
  • Agile
  • Accessible
  • Enabling


Strategic Options

  1. Develop a consistent and effective approach to product management and rationalisation.
  2. Expand the UWI Open Campus footprint.
  3. Promote and undertake research as a vehicle for Caribbean development especially within the UWI-12.
  4. Build strategic networks regionally and globally to support the university's mission and vision and core values.
  5. Continue to create inter-departmental alignment and system integration to support the core business of the Campus.

Read about  The First Years of The UWI Open Campus