The University of the West Indies (UWI) says a recent high ranking which named the school as one of the top 40 tertiary institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean fits into its plan for global expansion.

The 2018 Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings rated the UWI at 37 out of 129 universities in the region.

The UK based Times Higher Education released it’s definitive list of the region’s best universities last week.

It judges universities on the core areas of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hillary Beckles, says the institution is pleased with the ranking.

He says the favourable ranking is another step in helping the UWI meet its globalisation goals.

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Professor Beckles says the ranking will also help the UWI attract better students and staff. He says this falls in line with the university’s plan to expand to almost 70,000 students.

Professor Beckless says it’s the UWI’s aim to expand the enrollment of foreign students to 10-percent of its overall population.

The enrollment of foreign students hovers at around 2 to 3 percent of the current school population.

Meanwhile, Professor Beckles says the UWI’s excellent maiden ranking should be used as a stepping stone.

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Sir Hillary was speaking at a media conference at the UWI’s Regional Headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew.