February has been full of activities and many this year has a bit of that 70th spice added.
Research day ran from February 7-9 and was hotly followed by Homecoming celebrations February 11 -16, 2018. FROM OUR RECORDS: RESEARCH DAY AT THE UWI we are aware that research day began in 1998. It was an initiative driven by former principal Sir Kenneth Hall to advance education and create knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, innovation, public service, intellectual leadership and outreach in order to support the inclusive (social, economic, political, cultural, environmental) development of the Caribbean region and beyond.” (UWI Strategic Plan 2012-2017)
The 2018 theme is: UWI powering development through partnership in research and innovation with over 70 research projects on show. All within six categories: inclusive of new products, policies and practices. Research days are that time of year the UWI showcases what have been done through out the year building on the previous years.
Professor Eldemire-Shearer chair of the Research Days Committee explains that development is not just economic, UWI focuses on social development so medical and social sciences are important also.
Some of the highlight events included a Commemorative forum and Policy Wall. These highlighted UWI contribution to policy formation in the region. The policy wall focused primarily on the contribution of the Medical faculty as they too celebrated 70 years being the first faculty at the UCWI.
Professor Eldemire-Shearer noted that students that attend UWI Research days get ideas for their SBAs and often make contact with UWI researchers for further guidance and academic development. It is these connections that reaffirm UWI as the institution of choice.
Homecoming Week Celebrations
February 16, 1950 the first Chancellor, Princess Alice of Athlone, was installed. This date now marks the founding of the University, our Homecoming and now its 70th anniversary.
Sandre Malcolm Student Outreach and Marketing Coordinator talking with Tashika Taylor of UWI Marketing Recruitment and Communication outlined a raft of events for this years celebrations. They began Sunday February 11 with the ‘Hats off to UWI Commemoration Service’. Attendees were invited to wear their fancy hats in a gesture to pay homage to UWI. This was followed by the UWI leave your mark. Student dipped their palms in paint and symbolically left their marks on a designated areas at UWI
Retro dress day aimed to highlight the 70 years of fashion over the life of the UWI. Then the Grand Homecoming Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony, a staple for homecoming was followed by the jump up Homecoming integration.
Friday was a Caribbean day festival of food and culture, and in the afternoon Professor Sir George Alleyne gave a public lecture as he was the 2018 honouree.
This was encapsulated by a week long display of UWI history via the ‘UWI @ 70 Time Portal’.
Pictures courtesy of UWI Mona Guild @UWIMonaGuild