With over 200 registered universities in the Caribbean region, The UWI was ranked number one. Among more than 2000 registered universities in Latin America and the Caribbean, it ranked in the top 3%; and in the top 5% among the 28,000 registered universities globally.
(CMR)Â The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has broken into the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for the first time. The 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has ranked The UWI among the worldâ€™s top institutions after it made its first debut on the rankings list last year.
This puts The UWI in the elite band of the top 5% of universities worldwide based on data showing that there are over 25,000 recognized universities, globally. The University of the West Indies (The UWI) retained its position as the number one ranked university, in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
It has also moved from the top 3% to the top 2%. Additionally, the scores for its global rankings show that it moved from the top 5% to the top 4% of ranked universities.
They shared in a press statement that:
â€śThis upward trajectory into the top 4% of the worldâ€™s best universities reflects the extraordinary effort of the management team and The UWI family to honour the pledge within the strategic plan to be an excellent global university rooted in the Caribbean. It is the intention of the University to be located in the top 3% of ranked universities by the end of the current strategic planning cycle in 2023.â€ť
says Vice-Chancellor Beckles
THE's World University Rankings 2020 includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries. Describing the ranking process, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Williams made the comparison that for the 2019 World University Rankings, there were 1,258 universities on the list, (The UWI placed at 591), while for the 2020 World University Rankings 1,397 universities made the list (The UWI came in at 571).
Last month, THE revealed its ‘Golden Age University Rankings' of established higher education institutions across the world that have been around for 50 to 80 years. Based on years of existence, this category compares institutions established between 1945 and 1967, using the same criteria and methodology as the World Rankings.
â€śThe ranking takes its name from what was a ‘Golden Age' in global higher education, characterised by rapid university expansion and increasing investment in research,â€ť THE said.
â€śThese results reinforce that in spite of being a relatively young institution, and having limited access to financial and development resources, in just over 70 years The UWI has successfully built a solid reputation as the higher education leader,â€ť the region's premier tertiary institution said in a statement.