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UWI launches 2020 Giving Campaign to help students affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

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UWI launches 2020 Giving Campaign to help students

affected by COVID-19 pandemic.


The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. Wednesday, July 29, 2020. — August is Global Giving month at The University of the West Indies (The UWI).

The regional University is calling on its community of alumni, partners and friends regionally and internationally to support students whose finances, and that of their parents, have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launching on August 1, the crowdfunding campaign, UWI Global Giving, encourages persons to give small contributions to the University—as little as US$10 online via The collective proceeds will fund scholarships and bursaries for the students in need as The UWI’s new academic year and classes are set to resume at the end of the month.

As part of the University’s commitment to quality, its leadership is taking due diligence in ensuring that no student is left behind at a time when education matters.

According to Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, “This is the time to embrace university education. It is not the time to retreat. One step back is to place their future, and that of their family, community and nation on the back burner. We cannot allow that to happen. We are seeking to ensure that every Caribbean student has the opportunity to boldly step forward into academic year 2020-2021 to access the quality education they deserve.”

August 1, is in many Caribbean territories the observance of Emancipation Day, marking the freedom of enslaved Africans who were victims of the transatlantic slave trade. While The UWI honours and pays tribute to that past, it recognises that education is one of the most critical means to freedom and propelling regional development, so UWI Global Giving is themed “Emancipate, Educate, Donate.”

Minna Israel, Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Resource Development at The UWI and the Chair of the Global Giving Campaign Committee, stated, “While we understand that this is a trying time for many, we are calling on the spirit of kindness of our Caribbean people in the region and in the diaspora, to come together in this time of crisis, to give whatever they can to assist our students.”

It is estimated that at least 10,000 of The UWI’s current 50,000 students have been functioning in difficult social circumstances because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the University’s senior executive leadership committed to allocating a percentage of their salaries for three months towards a student hardship fund called UWI Cares. While traditionally, UWI Global Giving offers donors a range of options for assigning gifts and contributions to infrastructure and various special projects, the 2020 campaign is focused specifically on supporting the UWI Cares fund for the students.

Throughout the month of August, follow, like and share the 2020 UWI Global Giving campaign on social media at the hashtags #GivetoUWI #UWIGlobalGiving and #UWIGG2020. Persons seeking more information or those who wish to make an alternative contribution to UWI Global Giving can contact the Institutional Advancement Division in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at 876-977-0052 or email, or visit

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About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies; the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ); The UWI-University of Havana Centre for Sustainable Development; The UWI-Coventry Institute for Industry-Academic Partnership with the University of Coventry and the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with the University of Glasgow.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 and 2019, then top 20 in 2020. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit

 (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)