SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall Renews SUNY Partnership with The University of the West Indies

February 10, 2015

New York City – State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall recently met with leaders from The University of the West Indies (UWI) to renew SUNY’s commitment to partner with UWI in the areas of Teacher Training, Open and Distance Education, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Climate Change, and more.

“SUNY has forged productive partnerships all over the world with such esteemed institutions as The University of the West Indies, and we are honored to extend this collaboration,” said Chairman McCall. “International experience is a cornerstone of a SUNY education. Working in tandem with the many international activities each SUNY campus offers students, our system-wide partnerships and initiatives leverage the power of SUNY and make it possible for our campuses to send more students abroad, host more international students, and bring a truly global dimension to the curriculum and campus community.” 

The SUNY/UWI collaboration has strengthened relations in a variety of areas including: Education and Teacher Training, Special Education, Open and Distance Education, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Health including Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases. Future collaboration will explore Agro-technologies and Food Security, Information and Communication Technology (ICT Convergent Applications), Cultural Industries and the Arts, History and Africana Studies and Pharmacy. 

Moving forward, the implementation of research and instructional projects will remain at the core of the partnership, with the two institutions working together to seek external support for shared research initiatives and projects related to marine species in tropical climates, cardiovascular health among the Caribbean population, enhancing security in the Carribean, and more.

"The meetings with our colleagues at UWI to discuss our shared mission of open and online learning, prior learning, and joint programming hold great promise for improving our collaborative efforts.” said SUNY Empire State College President Merodie Hancock, who also attended the meeting. “Collaborating with UWI and learning more about their regional opportunities and challenges has everything to do with enhancing diversity for the college and improving teaching and learning in New York. This is particularly relevant and exciting for SUNY Empire’s three locations in New York City where there is a large Caribbean population.”

About The University of the West Indies (UWI)
Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with over 50,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI's seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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