The UWI Five Islands Campus, 30 November 2021— The University of the West Indies, Five Islands Campus welcomed His Excellency Tatsuo Hirayama, the Ambassador of Japan to Antigua and Barbuda, to its campus on Wednesday 24 November. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Katsuya Sato, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Japan.
Principal of The UWI Five Islands Campus, Professor Densil Williams, welcomed the Ambassador to the campus and highlighted the co-operation of the Japanese in the Caribbean including with the wider UWI. He expressed his gratitude for the visit and looked forward to discussions on ways the Five Islands Campus and Japanese stakeholders could collaborate. Professor Williams briefed Ambassador Hirayama on the Five Islands Campus’ mission to serve the Antigua & Barbuda as well as the OECS through education, and its development plans.
Ambassador Hirayama thanked Professor Williams for the welcome to the newest UWI campus. He noted that it was through the discussions with Minister Hon. Chet Greene and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda that this visit was arranged.
Ambassador Hirayama and Professor Williams held discussions on collaboration with Japanese institutions as well as the Five Islands use of current Japanese cooperation programmes. Following the discussions, Ambassador Hirayama toured the campus and visited various buildings including the Simulation lab at the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences.
About The UWI
The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.
From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.
Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old). The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.
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