Editor's Note: PATOO Celebrates UWI's 70th

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The UWI Chancellors Week is a time of celebration! This year is UWI’s 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948. What started as the recommendation of the Asquith Commission, on Higher Education in the then British colonies with 33 students, has grown to over 40,000 students across 16 different Caribbean countries.

We celebrate UWI (and its Chancellor’s Week) because we’re grateful for the dedication of a group, that includes Sir James Irvine who chaired the sub-Committee of the Asquith Commission, for Sir Philip Sherlock, one of UWI’s founding father, and Prof Rex Nettleford – Rhodes Scholar, NDTC Founder, Cultural Icon and former Vice-Chancellor – just to name a few that created and molded this institution that shines like a beacon for the Caribbean.

PATOO’s Love Affair with UWI

My “love affair” with the University of the West Indies started when I was 9 years old.  My Dad would drive all of us as children every morning, to the Mona campus to drop off my sister who had been the first in our family to go to college. Now to fully understand the implication of this action is that he had to drive by all our respective preparatory and high schools just so that we would get a glimpse of the campus. He knew that higher education was (and still is) one of the main gateways for opportunities and potential. And for that I am eternally grateful.

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Party with Passion for The Pelican

This year, as we party passionately for the Pelican, whether it be the Pelican All-White Breakfast Party, the Chancellor’s Jazz Farewell, the Pelican Awards, theB4 Summer Ends Party, the One UWI Festival, or as we reflect with the Nostalgic Conversation or look towards the future with Pelican Projections, let’s remember what this noble institution stands for A Light Rising From The West.
 
The proceeds from the #UWIChancellorsWeek will help support the UWI Regional Development Fund and address the financial aid of UWI students.