The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Wednesday, January 25, 2023—Flow, the leading telecommunications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean and Latin America has signalled its continued commitment to stand with UWItv, the public education platform of The University of the West Indies (The UWI).
The two regional entities have deepened their partnership with an extension of a landmark industry-academic agreement. Back in 2019, the agreement between the two springboarded UWItv’s evolution as a multi-dimensional and modern media service on Flow EVO channels across the Caribbean. The partnership enabled UWItv to successfully operate a dedicated cable channel – the only Caribbean education channel of its kind – broadcasted to 16 territories across the Caribbean, transforming UWItv into a leading media entity delivering uniquely diverse UWI and Caribbean-focused programming to millions of viewers in the region.
A delegation from Flow Jamaica, including Vice-President and General Manager, Stephen Price, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Charles Douglas, Director of Legal Affairs, Sola Hines and Regional Director of Entertainment Networks and Media Operations, Michael Look Tong visited The UWI’s Regional Headquarters on Friday, January 13. The Flow team met with Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, University General Counsel, Laleta Davis-Mattis and UWItv’s Managing Director, Janet Caroo for a ceremonial signing, signalling its next phase of collaboration.
According to Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, “This valued relationship continues to help us to expand Phase II of The UWI Triple A Strategy, our Revenue Revolution, through the delivery of public education services across the Caribbean via UWItv. No university can prosper without partnership. This project has been transformative and helped us to revolutionise our performance.”
Speaking at the ceremonial signing, Flow Jamaica’s Vice-President Mr. Stephen Price noted, “This partnership between UWItv and Flow for the distribution of content on our platforms is the continuation of this chapter in the story of structured evolution and revolution to perform. Flow has exclusive television broadcast rights through its agreement for the 24/7 high-definition linear channel, and all its programming. This means that UWItv will continue to be available to customers who have Flow’s cable and IPTV service. Additionally, persons will be able to access UWItv online.”
Managing Director of UWItv, Janet Caroo expressed her pleasure on the renewal of the partnership, stating, “Signing another historic agreement, we seek to improve and maximize our relationship from 2019. As UWItv continues to support the University’s mission…what is particularly gratifying for me is how we have demonstrated our ability to adapt to the digital revolution and to ensure that the classroom and the living room conversed seamlessly.”
About The University of the West Indies
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 for the past 75 years.
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 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.
The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean in the World University Rankings, it is also in the top 25 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old). The UWI is also featured among the leading 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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