Background

At the beginning of December, 2016 The University of the West Indies established the UWI-TV Cable channel and companion Web and social media platforms to provide a public information and education service that reflects the role and responsibility of the University of the West Indies as the premier intellectual engine of the region. Currently, our UWI-TV channel is broadcasting three hours of content each day to 22 Caribbean country markets and to the large Caribbean diaspora markets in the USA, Canada and Britain. We are distributing our daily programmes in partnership with the Caribbean Media Corporation’s Caribvision cable network and with the RJR Media Group’s cable and digital channels in Jamaica.

Harnessing video and digital technologies will facilitate the university extending beyond the boundaries of its landed campuses into homes, offices and schools across the globe and will contribute to sustainable development and functional integration throughout the region. The UWI-TV Cable channel and multi-media service will enhance the university’s ongoing mission to inform, educate, inspire and reflect the rich cultural and intellectual diversity of Caribbean civilization.
The UWI-TV cable channel was launched to provide The University of the West Indies with a strong daily media and digital presence on cable, the Internet, and social media platforms will have the potential to reach millions of people in the Caribbean and in the Caribbean diaspora communities in the USA, Canada, Britain and Europe. UWI-TV is a multi-platform channel that is owned and operated by the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The hub of the operation is located at the Regional Headquarters of UWI in Jamaica. In addition to being on the Caribvision and RJR cable channels our content is also streamed on the Web and on several social media platforms and over a thousand video files are available on demand via a searchable database on the channel’s Web site— www.uwitv.org. The UWI-TV service will document and offer for public viewing the wide variety of events and activities that occur on the four campuses on a daily basis. Specifically, the service will reinforce the public’s understanding and appreciation for the value of higher education as an imperative for socio-economic development and cohesion in the Caribbean region.