THE University of the West Indies (The UWI) has begun transformative action to improve the internal coherence and efficiency of its four campuses.
The UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has made this one of his main priorities, recently establishing an internal 10-member team – The One UWI Task Force – to deal with the issue.
The One UWI Task Force is charged with reviewing areas of weakness in the University’s governance structure and operational processes. It will focus on examining all major administrative processes which relate to students, staff and other stakeholders to determine the level of harmony and consistency and subsequently make the necessary strategic recommendations to promote the concept ‘One UWI’.
Vice-Chancellor Beckles’ vision emphasises changing how The UWI engages and participates within Caribbean civilization. Speaking on the work of the Task Force, he stated: “Universities are not created to serve themselves; they are the custodians of accumulated public resources and are dedicated to serving their communities. The UWI must be refashioned and re-engineered to serve the region with greater fidelity and efficiency”.