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UWI ranked 37th among Latin American and Caribbean universities

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) has debuted in the top 40 of the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Latin America Rankings, at number 37.

The institution is also ranked fourth overall for international outlook, and is recognised as a very strong performer in research influence, ranking 26th overall on the citation impact measure.

The 70-year-old Caribbean-based university made its debut in the independent, UK-based ranking publication this past Wednesday, making it Jamaica's first showing on the prestigious THE list.

“This validates our strategy of enhancing our regional and global reputation, including the decision to establish an Office of Global Affairs to guide The UWI towards deepening its regional engagement and expanding its international partnerships and global connections,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, on receiving the news.

Ellie Bothwell, rankings editor for THE, said: “The University of the West Indies is highly international, and the bulk of its global transformation has taken place in just a handful of years, as opposed to the several decades or centuries for most of its peers. This global outlook is extremely important to fostering the networks and relationships that build reputation and improve standards for everyone. Universities weren't designed to look inwards, they're purpose-built for collaboration — and UWI is setting a fantastic example of that.”

UWI said its appearance in the ranking represents “the tangible results of strategic management decisions effected over the span of the last two years”, and made particular reference to its globalisation thrust which, it explained, is framed within its strategic plan 2017-2022 and which speaks to the triple 'A' pillars of access, alignment, and agility — consistent with the world's most influential university ranking's assessment criteria.

“Since 2016, The UWI has been preparing itself for this type of hemispheric ranking, as it has been strategically focused on leveraging its reputational excellence to expand its global presence,” the university said in a statement to the media on Friday.

“The UWI has since established partnering centres with sister universities in North America, Asia, and Africa, such as the State University of New York-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, and the University of Lagos-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies,” it continued.

The 2018 Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings rank 129 universities from 10 countries in Latin America, and are based on the same rigourous criteria as the THE World University Rankings, but with special modifications to better reflect the characteristics of Latin America's universities. It judges world-class universities by employing 13 separate performance indicators across all their core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook and reputation.

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