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The UWI partners with University of Prince Edward Island to focus on social and economic development in developing countries

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in Canada to partner on teaching and research to inform social and economic development in developing countries, over the next three years. The collaboration will be implemented through the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at The UWI and the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) at UPEI.
Specifically, the MOU which was signed in December 2018, covers activities such as joint research, collaborative development of academic programmes, joint teaching and supervision of students, student and faculty exchange, joint publications, and the staging of joint seminars and conferences by the two institutes. Remarking on the collaboration, Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee, University Director, SALISES said, “We at SALISES are pleased to collaborate with colleagues at the Institute of Island Studies. We share similar research and teaching interests. This collaboration will enhance our publication, research and teaching on sustainable development for small and vulnerable economies.”

Professor James Randall, Chair of the Executive Committee under which IIS operates and UNESCO Co-Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, said, “The IIS and its affiliated academic programmes at the University of Prince Edward Island have established research and postgraduate learning networks with island-based colleagues and institutions around the world. We are pleased to start developing productive research and exchange relationships with the world-class scholars and graduate students at SALISES and The UWI.”

More about the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)
Located in Charlottetown, the capital of the province of Prince Edward Island, UPEI traces its origins to the mid-1850s, with current student enrolment of some 4,400 graduate and undergraduate students across six faculties and two schools. The IIS focuses on the culture, environment, and economy of small islands. The principal activity of the Institute has been the initiation and co-ordination of research projects and public engagement activities. Areas of special interest have included Island culture, sustainable development, land use, and the knowledge economy. The collaboration with The UWI is fulfilling one of its mandates, which is to undertake and facilitate island studies research and education at local, national and global scales.

About The UWI
For the past 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 four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). 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. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the top 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018, and was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. For more, visit