As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, a special ceremony was held yesterday to honour 70 of the institution’s most accomplished alumni.
Professor V Eudine Barriteau, Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the UWI Cave Hill campus, revealed that a committee worked independently to deliver the final list, which includes several dignitaries from Barbados and the wider region who have been recognised for their contributions to regional governments, the medical field, education and economic development. Some included in the seventy were also recognised posthumously.
Three former Prime Ministers of Barbados were named amongst the honourees – The Right Honourable Owen Arthur, the late David Thompson and The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart – as well as Governor General of Barbados, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason, and Chief Justice of Barbados, Sir Marston Gibson.
“By now, the campus and the wider local and regional communities are well aware that from January this year, The University of the West Indies embarked on a year-long journey of celebration to mark the UWI’s 70th year of existence,” Barriteau told those gathered in The Quadrangle of the Main Campus.
“It is no coincidence that we have chosen today, officially recognised as University Day, to honour these special alumni on the occasion of our 70th anniversary. After all, we are an academy of higher learning first and foremost. In fact, according to the Times Higher Education Survey, The UWI is first in the region and ranked among the top five per cent of the best universities in the world. Our alumni epitomise all that we hold significant in producing the ideal UWI graduate. Their work and their social worth are valuable gifts to our societies and countries,” she further commented.