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About The University of the West Indies

Welcome to the UWI at St. Augustine
The UWI St. Augustine campus is situated 15km from the bustling capital of one of the Caribbean’s most rapidly developing island states, Trinidad and Tobago. With its focus on research and innovation, fully accredited programmes across seven faculties, and a cosmopolitan campus community, St. Augustine is a true representation of an innovative, internationally competitive, contemporary university deeply rooted in the Caribbean.

About Our Campus

The scenic St. Augustine campus boasts a unique mix of twentieth century and modern architecture as well as an impressive landscape of indigenous and introduced trees and shrubs. Modern teaching and learning centres, a wide range of extra-curricular activities and a deep commitment to our role in preserving Caribbean integration and culture make St. Augustine an ideal choice for higher education.


UWI is fully Accredited

UWI St. Augustine is a fully accredited higher education institution whose graduates continue to be at the forefront of Caribbean and global thought, imagination and action. The UWI is proud of its network of over 120,000 alumni represented at the highest level of government, corporate and professional life.

We Aim High

The UWI is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in research, knowledge creation and innovation on matters related to the Caribbean and small island states. We aim to provide a high quality teaching and learning environment, facilitate critical thinking, and produce graduates who are equipped to innovate regionally and impact globally. The UWI’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with over 160 universities globally.

Highly Qualified Staff

Our highly qualified faculty and researchers are the best available locally, regionally and internationally. They are committed to ensuring that UWI produces high quality research and graduates who follow our proud tradition of initiating change in the region.

Campus Life

Both within and outside of the classroom, St. Augustine promises a stimulating campus life within a distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan community. The highest quality student experience is only complete when it includes exploring the wide array of student clubs and associations, sporting activities and the exciting social scene.

Our History

Oriens Ex Occidente Lux - A Light Rising From The West

Originally started as an independent offshoot of the University of London, The University of the West Indies currently serves 17 English-speaking regional territories, offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in numerous fields of study: the arts, sciences, business, law, the humanities. 

Although St. Augustine is the main campus in Trinidad and Tobago, there is also a satellite campus in nearby Mount Hope that houses the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The university was founded in 1948 in Mona, Jamaica, as The University College of the West Indies, based on a recommendation by the Asquith Commission, which had been established five years prior to review the state of higher education in the then-British colonies. Fourteen years after the Mona campus opened, in 1962, the college received independent university status, in the same year that Jamaica itself received independence from Great Britain.  

The Trinidad campus of the regional university, which began in 1960, was borne out of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture; Barbados’ Cave Hill campus came on stream three years after. The three locations have key faculties that are common to all the territories – Humanities and Education, for instance, and Social Sciences, all mainstream disciplines. St. Augustine, however, is the only campus that boasts faculties of Science and Technology and Agriculture, areas of expertise that have long been interwoven into the history of the Caribbean islands. It also houses the tremendously popular Faculty of Engineering. Enrollment numbers across the region now total about 60,000. 

The University Coat Of Arms

College of Arms Description

A university’s coat of arms embodies its principles, its personality and its sense of tradition. The University of the West Indies’ Coat of Arms dates back to July 18, 1949. 

It consists of a strong shield with six wavy stripes of white and blue, representing the Caribbean Sea. In the middle of the shield lies open book trimmed with red and gold, symbolic of a thirst for knowledge. At the top of  the shield sits a golden lion, a recognition of the region’s colonial connections to the British monarchy; in this case, however, the lion is covered with black spots. This was the lion crest assigned to Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, the university’s first Chancellor. 

The crowning glory of the crest is a pelican, perched on a wreath. Not only is this regal bird a fixture across the region, it also symbolizes the university’s role as a nurturer of the young and the infinite potential for graduates of the university to soar to new heights.


Provide opportunities to the population of the region and beyond for higher education that fosters creative activity and notions of shared community, enhanced social and interpersonal relations, and critical and creative thinking skills.

 July 18, 1949