UWI Five Islands Relaxes Entry Requirements To Increase Student Population


The University of the West Indies (UWI) has been known across the Caribbean for its rigid requirements, however, the Five Islands Campus is making adjustments to the entry requirements to accommodate more students.

Newly-appointed (interim) Director of Academic Affairs, Hyram Forde, spoke on the new innovative strategy of the campus.

“In terms of entry requirements, we want to be innovative with this campus; so for example, students can gain access through part-time study if they have five CXC subjects including English and Mathematics. They can apply on a part-time basis,” said Forde.

Having officially opened in September of this year, the campus is looking forward to its second semester of operations, come January 2020.



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  1. UWI needs to do a better job of advertising our new UWI-Five Islands campus in Antigua internationally. Also, UWI needs to do a better job of informing OECS populations that UWI-Five Islands now exists, most of the people there have no idea that the campus is even open in Antigua. Furthermore, the right programs need to be offered at UWI-Five Islands.

    I continue to be amazed that with Antigua trying to be the HUB for foreign diplomacy in the Caribbean, that UWI-Five Islands doesn’t provide a masters-level course in international relations or government affairs. UWI should also be offering a medical nurse program with a bonding requirement to stay in OECS after graduation.

    • you realise that ‘UWI give islands’ is just a collection of the post secondary school offerings in Antigua for now right? That it takes accrediting boards internationally and regionally approving your staff to open full programs. That a university official course head must be a doctor if some thing in a similar field n that’s for every course. I also wonder if ppl realise that UWIs are franchises….. The country that takes up making a new one must do 99% of the work on it including market research n advertising… Which is why I don’t understand the hype behind uwi FI, Antiguan don’t like uwi, they like merica so why would there university be bursting with students


    Rupert Mann, now know the capacity hold by the ‘…former Principal of the Antigua State College (ASC).

    Concerned with the word ‘…Interim.’

    Such arrangement seems comparable to the position of ‘…Director of Students Affairs’ at the ‘ASC.’

    This is usually a ‘…temporary or stopgap; …fill-in or caretaker position.’

    Seems way below his ‘…previous Principal position, and intellectual capacity.’

    An absolute requisite is, ‘…Student population.’

    It matters in many ways.

    What of quality of students?

    Thought two primary objectives of the ‘…FIU Campus’ are;

    (i) …Attracting the most eligible students; and

    (ii) …Provide exceptionally high quality tertiary education.’

    In any undertaking, there will always be ‘…teething problems.’

    However, ‘…degrading the entry requirements,’ could be likened to ‘…adulterating a bucket of milk.’

    • Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Rise up this mornin’ Smiled with the risin’ sun Three little birds Pitch by my doorstep Singin’ sweet songs Of melodies pure and true Sayin’, this is my message to you.” Brother Bob Marley and The Wailers: Three Little Birds!

      “Access! Alignment! Agility!

      “The national bourgeoisie discovers its historical mission as intermediary. As we have seen, its vocation is not to transform the nation but prosaically serve as a conveyor belt for capitalism, forced to camouflage itself behind the mask of neocolonialism. The national bourgeoisie, with no misgivings and with great pride, revels in the role of agent in its dealings with the Western bourgeoisie. This lucrative role, this function as small-time racketeer, this narrow-mindedness and lack of ambition are symptomatic of the incapacity of the national bourgeoisie to fulfil its historic role as bourgeoisie. The dynamic, pioneering aspect, the inventive, discoverer-of-new-worlds aspect common to every national bourgeoisie is here lamentably absent. At the core of the national bourgeoisie of the colonial countries a hedonistic mentality prevails—because on a psychological level it identifies with the Western bourgeoisie from which it has slurped every lesson. It mimics the Western bourgeoisie in its negative and decadent aspects without having accomplished the initial phases of exploration and invention that are the assets of this Western bourgeoisie whatever the circumstances. In its early days the national bourgeoisie of the colonial countries identifies with the last stages of the Western bourgeoisie. DON’T BELIEVE IN TAKING SHORT CUTS. IN FACT IT STARTS AT THE END. It is already senile, having experienced neither the exuberance nor the brazen determination of youth and adolescence.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

  3. This is a misrepresentation of what the Administration is actually doing at UWIFIC. Students who have at LEAST 5 subjects including Math and English will be able to attend on a part time basis recieving 9 credits per semester. Additionally, students who have an accredited Associates with a GPA of at least 2.75 will gain access to a 3 year degree.

    The University of The West Indies Five Islands Campus is in no way relaxing entry requirements but merely implementing innovative ways to attract and provide more access to prospective students.


      Helluva a fight here between ‘…Quality and Quantity.’

      ANR is undoubtedly a ‘…reliable and credible news portal.’

      The information it has published and contained at ‘…Paragraph 1’ is authoritative as it is reportedly sourced from ‘…Interim Director of Academic Affairs, Hyram Forde.

      There are some key words that makes the drive for more students (quantity), could impact its standards for entry.

      These words are;

      (i) … rigid requirements;

      (ii) …making adjustments to entry requirements; and for what purpose;

      (iii) …accommodating more students.’

      Simple logic suggests that the only objective is ‘…Substituting;

      Nah! Another word. ‘…Sacrificing’ quality for quantity.’

      But what of ‘…mediocrity’ in the prestigious learning institution?

      Still believe that ‘…Rigidity and Quality Matter.’

      Credit him with ‘…intellectual diplomacy’ (coined by me).

      By him ‘…Innovative with this Campus’ [Paragraph 3].

      May have been intellectually said, but clearly written by ‘ANR’ and easily understood.

      Harbor no ‘…Spectre’ (illusion) over such strategy.

      Primary objective, ‘…attracting more students.’

      Financially, ‘…the more students, the merrier.’

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