University of the West Indies launches UWItv

Part of the front of the administration building at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

UWItv set to go live on December 1.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Hilary Beckles, has described as “a game charger in Caribbean education and public outreach” the launch of UWItv, a new multimedia public information and education service.

Beckles said that UWItv is set to go live on December 1 – initially with 3 hours of programming per day – showcasing a diversity of UWI-owned content.

A tripartite partnership which includes – UWI, CaribVision (the regional cable service of the Caribbean Media Corporation – CMC) and the RJR Communication’s Group in Jamaica – will deliver UWI programming to millions of viewers in 22 Caribbean markets, as well as to the large Caribbean Diaspora in New York, Toronto, Montreal, London and Europe, Beckles said.

He said UWItv’s cable service will be complemented by a “robust web and social presence, allowing users to access content in real time or on demand.”

Beckles added that the UWItv website will also offer a “vast searchable video database, which will serve as an invaluable resource for students, scholars, librarians, researchers, documentarians and journalists throughout the region and across the world.”

In addressing the media launch at UWI’s Cave Hill Campus, Beckles described UWItv as “a demonstrable outcome of partnerships between industry and academia, which forms part of the Triple A Vision outlined in the university’s new strategic direction: Alignment between industry and academia for wealth creation and distribution; expansion of access to tertiary education and increased agility to global opportunities.”

He outlined the various segments that will be featured on the new media platform that would “capture the voices of all of the UWI.”
These will include “Region talk,” which places UWI at the center of the conversations about regional issues and challenges facing the region, student-produced programming, as well as the latest research output of the regional institution.

He said this was a transformative initiative, deeply rooted as a “One UWI” project, adding that it is poised to drive regionalism through solution-based discourse and public education.

Programs can also be viewed on the internet at www.uwitv.org. -(CMC)