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AFUWI’s mission is to source and administer private donations, maximize philanthropic efforts and develop strategic alliances with American corporations, foundations, alumni and other organizations to develop programs and provide scholarships for needy students at UWI’s 4 campuses in 17 countries.
Equally impressive is the Foundation’s commitment to facilitating and implementing research-driven policy and activities; presenting public service programs and endeavours to promote the well-being of our citizens and ensuring The UWI is recognized for its unwavering commitment to furthering education around the globe and creating a legacy for future generations.
Without this Foundation many of our scholars would be forced to abandon their dreams of making an impact on their local communities. These extremely talented young men and women have spent most of their lives without a safety net. If often forced to choose between the harsh reality of meeting their most basic needs, and accessing higher education, survival will always take priority.
While we realize education is a pathway out of poverty, it is also one of the highest hurdles challenging the majority of our population. To narrow the educational achievement gap, AFUWI has embraced the agenda of the CARICOM leadership to ensure every household in the Caribbean has at least one person who has received higher education by the year 2030.
The Foundation has more recently intensified its focus on supporting the University's scholarship program because of the urgent and increasing demand for financial aid from many in the student population who are talented, ambitious and determined to break the cycle of poverty, but face severe economic hardships.
In addition, the Foundation also seeks to facilitate activities which will promote the wellbeing and strengthening of the West Indian society through community service, research programs and public service endeavors for the preservation/creation of a robust cultural and social legacy.
Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a fully-fledged, regional University with over 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with three physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI serves 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.
The UWI’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.
(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.) www.uwi.edu/index.asp
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