The University of the West Indies has now been ranked in the top 1.5 percent tertiary institutions globally under the Times Higher Education ranking system.

The Times Higher Education, T.H.E, 2022 rankings were released this month.

The T.H.E annual rankings have become a standard measuring tool in the comparative performances of the best global universities.

The UWI now stands in the top 1.5 percent, up from 3 percent in the prior year.

The regional institution has moved up a very impressive 94 places.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles says while the school has maintained its number one position in the Caribbean, and top 1 percent of the best in Latin America and the Caribbean, the surge to the top 1.5 percent in the world gives the UWI a considerable degree of professional satisfaction as a management and leadership team.

Meanwhile, the UWI’s robust comparative performance was driven by improved results in teaching and learning, research and professional citations, and global outlook and participation.

This result places The UWI alongside the State University of New York at Albany.

It also locates The UWI in the elite band of BRICS universities in Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China, and South Africa with 3.2 billion people compared to the 6.2 million in the English-speaking Caribbean.

In the meantime… the UWI says areas of concern that are red-flagged, and identified for improvement remain constant—insufficient private sector investment in research, and volatility in government funding that raises questions with respect to the enterprise’s financial sustainability.

The UWI says these areas are being placed at the centre of strategic planning for the next five-year period.