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About Us: Core Values

Core values guide policy making and decision making and provide the foundation for directing the University’s mandate, efforts, resources and conduct.

Seven core values serve as the philosophical underpinning for the UWI’s operations and provide the foundation for moulding and integrating activities of staff, students and alumni.

  • The UWI is committed to the following core values:

    • Integrity
    • Intellectual freedom
    • Excellence
    • Civic responsibility
    • Accessibility
    • Diversity
    • Equity


The Core Values of the UWI are further explained in the following context:

  • Integrity: The UWI will perform in an honest, reasonable and ethical manner, which will create a culture of trust evident in all university activities and decision making.
  • Intellectual Freedom: The UWI will be a strong defender of independent thought, freedom to explore ideas and freedom of expression.
  • Excellence: The UWI will serve our internal stakeholders and public, private and business communities by delivering consistently high-quality programmes, teaching, service, outreach and scholarship.
  • Civic Responsibility: The UWI will stimulate personal and social awareness that will promote commitment to service the needs of all our stakeholders in the region while upholding democratic principles, Caribbean sovereignty, environmental security and rule of law.
  • Accessibility: The UWI will continue to serve Caribbean and other deserving students who merit entrance. Educational access will continue to be expanded to reach underserved populations in the region, through expanded outreach and distance learning activities.
  • Diversity: The UWI will build a community that fosters a climate which is open and welcoming to diverse people, ideas and perspectives; that promotes constructive discourse on the nature of diversity; and that engages faculty, staff and students in activities that promote the University’s core values.
  • Equity: The UWI will be an equal opportunity employer and partner ensuring that social justice, respect and equity issues are resolved as they relate to processes and challenges associated with employment, religion, age, ability, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, the work environment, class and any other bases of inequality and inequity among employees and students.

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