UWI Achievements

producing leaders in every sphere of caribbean development

From Emmy Award to Nobel Prize winners, CEOs to entrepreneurs, academics to artists, leaders of nations to leaders across all sectors UWI's network of alumni is impacting the globe. The institution's distinguished list of Honorary Graduands boasts the likes of Usain Bolt, Brian Lara, Rt. Rev Bishop Desmond Tutu, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.


Caribbean Heads of Government

These 18 UWI Alumni have served as Caribbean Heads of Government:

The Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart: Current Prime Minister of Barbados
The Hon. David Thompson: Former Prime Minister of Barbados
The Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur: Former Prime Minister of Barbados
The Rt. Hon. Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford: Former Prime Minister of Barbados

The Hon. Dean Barrow: Prime Minister of Belize

The Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith: Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands

The Hon. Dr. Tillman Thomas: Current Prime Minister of Grenada
Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell: Prime Minister of Grenada

The Hon. Andrew Holness: Former Prime Minister of Jamaica
The Hon. Bruce Golding: Former Prime Minister of Jamaica
The Most Hon. Percival J. Patterson: Former Prime Minister of Jamaica.

The Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas: Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis
Dr. the Rt. Hon. Sir Kennedy A. Simmonds: Former Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis

Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony: Prime Minister of St. Lucia

The Hon. Joseph Walcott Parry: Premier of Nevis

The Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
The Hon. Patrick Manning: Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves: Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines


UWI Academics and Alumni recognized by the Nobel Award

Former UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Arthur Lewis (St. Lucia) received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979.Fellow St. Lucian and UWI Alumnus Mr. Derek Walcott received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was given to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Control (IPCC) and former US Vice President Al Gore Jr. As members of the UN's Intergovenmental Panel for Climate Contril and authors of scientific working group reports related to global warming, academics Professor Anthony Chen, Dr. Leonard Nurse and Professor John Agard also shared in the glory of the 2007 prize. It should be noted that although the prize was awarded based on the collective contributions of thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries, over two decades, the UWI is proud of the contribution made by its personnel towards improving the environment for the betterment of mankind.


Honorary Graduands

Each year at Graduation Ceremonies across the four campuses Honorary UWI Doctorate are presented to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions in their areas of expertise.


View a complete list of UWI Honorary Graduands.


Rhodes Scholars

Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. Each year Rhodes awards scholarships to 83 outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford. The scholars are selected based on

  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • energy to use one's talents to the full
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

Two Rhodes Scholarships are offered to Caribbean nationals each year; one specifically for Jamaicans and one that is open to the entire Caribbean (Jamaica included).