A MONTH OF MEMORIES

The University Museum offers a glimpse into the history of activities, at the University College of the West Indies, in January. Pleasant reading…

UWI Museum

January is a month filled with key dates for recollection by the University of the West Indies (UWI). Among them:  the first meeting of the Provisional Council from January 7-9 1947; the signing of the 999-year lease for the site of the founding Mona Campus in 1951; a visit to the university by British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in 1953, just days after the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) celebrated its first graduation on January 13, 1953.

The first graduation saw the award of 15 degrees to students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. These 15 included four 1st Class and seven Upper 2nd Class honours degrees. The level of achievement was applauded in a report on the progress of the new university, offered in 1954 by a Committee of Visitors headed by Dame Lillian Penson, former Vice Chancellor of the University of London: “…the College has, in our view…

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