The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a regional university serving the English-speaking Caribbean countries of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Turks & Caicos Islands and Trinidad & Tobago.
The University started in Jamaica in October, 1948 as the University College of the West Indies, in a special relationship with the University of London. It was subsequently granted University status in 1962. Colleges of Arts and Science were established at St. Augustine in Trinidad in 1962 and at Cave Hill in Barbados in 1963. The Cave Hill Campus began in 1963 as the College of Arts & Science in temporary quarters at the Deep Water Harbour, Bridgetown. In August, 1967, the College moved to its present site at Cave Hill. The College became a full campus with the establishment of the Faculty of Law in 1970 and the name was changed to the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies.
The main Campus is currently located on 47 acres of land which the UWI holds on long-term lease from the Government of Barbados. The Campus was originally designed to accommodate about 500 students. The present enrolment is approximately 9,000. The physical expansion has taken place in a manner sympathetic to the original architectural design of low-rise buildings, simplicity and orderliness. This, combined with the scenic attractiveness of the site, and the relatively small size of the University community has resulted in an atmosphere of intimacy and friendliness which is immediately felt by visitors to the Campus.
In 2008 the Government of Barbados granted an additional 33 acres of land contiguous to the existing campus, which the University is currently in the process of developing. The School for Graduate Studies Teaching Complex and the new FIFA-rated football field are located on this site. With subsequent lease arrangements with Government and a private donation, the land area of the Campus has expanded to approximately 98.12 acres.
From its nascence in 1963 as the College of Arts and Science, the Campus has become a leader in tertiary education in the Barbados and a beacon of academic excellence throughout the region as well as internationally. As it celebrates its golden anniversary, Cave Hill reflects with pride on its contribution to regional development and the upliftment of Caribbean people.