Did you know?!: Snapshots from the Records?
Did you know: The Concept of the Open Campus as the 4th Campus of the UWI was proposed over 40 years ago?
“The Extra-Mural Department in its present form will not be able to cope with the scale of operation which must of necessity emerge to satisfy the territories… A structure is needed to incorporate the present Extra-Mural Department and the new task of teaching for University Credits and providing extension services. The concept is put forward of a fourth campus to be named the Open Campus.
The Open Campus would serve all the non-campus territories as well as off-campus areas in the present campus territories. Responsibility for this work would initially be assigned to a Pro-Vice-Chancellor…”
[From Background to UWI Extra Mural Work (Appraisal Paper 12, 1970), tabled at Meeting of the Appraisal Committee held 10th-11th January 1970 at the St. Augustine Campus in Minutes, Papers, Appraisal Committee of Council 1969-1970]
The UWI Open Campus was formally established as the Fourth Campus of The University of the West Indies, with Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, in Antigua and Barbuda in 2008.
About the Open Campus: The newest campus of the 63-year-old University of the West Indies (UWI). The UWI Open Campus is an amalgamation of three former departments of the UWI – the Office of the Board for Non-Campus Countries & Distance Education (BNNCDE), the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), the UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), and the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit (TLIU). The UWI Open Campus offers multi-mode teaching and learning services through virtual and physical site locations across the Caribbean region. There are currently 42 site locations of the Open Campus in the English-speaking Caribbean. The UWI Open Campus offers an open and flexible learning environment for pre-university, professional development, undergraduate and graduate courses and programmes and other services both online and in blended format. We offer a three-tiered registration structure to suit particular needs and educational backgrounds. The system allows our students to move and transfer within the entire University system to reach the required standard. All programmes and courses at the Open Campus have been designed in direct response to a need for high quality continuing and professional development in many key areas in the Caribbean and global markets.