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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Economics

Welcome Message

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus and the Department of Economics. You have made an excellent choice!  Studying economics helps you understand the world around you – whether that be individuals, businesses, financial institutions, markets or governments. In essence, economics is the foundation for collective human action.
The department’s mission is to deliver highly employable graduates with the analytical skills, creative intelligence and entrepreneurial thinking needed to address complex business, policy and social realities of the Caribbean and the world at large. We are committed to high-quality teaching, delivering a distinctive and innovative curriculum and nurturing academic excellence. Our diverse staff and extensive partnerships with the private and public sectors enable students to receive the knowledge, skills and experience needed to succeed in their chosen career path.
As is well known, one measure of the value-added of an academic programme is the success of its graduates. The breadth and flexibility of our programmes allow our students to succeed in various areas – including (but not limited to) entrepreneurship, business strategy, finance, public policy, risk management, politics, law, logistics, supply chain management, and health administration. Many of our graduates hold high-level positions at major regional and international institutions– such as the CARICOM Secretariat, Caribbean Development Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, European Union Delegation, International Monetary Fund, Pan American Health Organization, United Nations, World Bank and the World Health Organization – just to name a few. We are also pleased that many CEOs and public office holders began their academic journey with the Department of Economics at UWI Cave Hill.
As the semester begins, I encourage you to take some time to get to  know our staff and your fellow peers. There are several student-led initiatives to allow you to grow your social capital –chief among which is our fantastic Young Economists' Association. Should you have any questions at any point, do not hesitate to reach out to us – we are here to support you!
I wish you much success in your time with us. I hope you have an enjoyable and transformative experience.
from the Head of the Department,
Dr Mahalia Jackman