July 7, 2020

Distinguished businessman Aziz Hadeed appointed Chair of The UWI Five Islands Campus Council


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From UWI Open Campus

Regional Headquarters, . Tuesday, November 26, 2019—The University of the West Indies (The UWI) announces the appointment of Mr Aziz Hadeed, CBE, as the Campus Council Chair of its newest campus at Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda.

Each Campus of The UWI is governed by a Campus Council—vested by the University Council—to manage all matters as prescribed in the University’s Statute 21 and subject to The UWI’s Charter. As Campus Council Chair, Mr Hadeed will sit at the helm of the governing and executive body of The UWI Five Islands Campus which officially began operations in August. His appointment is for a period of five years and took effect on August 1.

Mr Hadeed is an Antiguan and Barbudan businessman whose success is well known across the Eastern Caribbean. Described as one of the Chief Architects of the Hadeed Group of Companies, his business acumen has been shaped since his teen years. He joined in managing his family’s businesses in 1965 after completing his secondary school education and pursued studies and training in accounting and business through business correspondences during his career.

In 1980, he ascended to the Chair of the Hadeed Group of Companies and, through his vision and sound management, the corporation expanded into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Under his stewardship, the Group invested in entities such as the regional airline LIAT (1974) Limited, on which board he served as chairman from 1995 to 1998. He is credited with leading the Hadeed Group’s decision to establish a power generation facility which became the Antigua Power Company in 1996. He currently serves on the boards of the Antigua Power Company as well as on several businesses within the Hadeed Group.

Mr Hadeed has enjoyed a distinguished career as an Independent Senator, appointed in 1994 and serving for two terms. He then served as a Cabinet Minister from 2004 to 2006 before resigning from government service.

Ernst & Young named him “Master of the Year for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Awards Scheme” in 1995. In 2016, he received the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr Hadeed’s expertise and experience will be instrumental in leading the new Five Islands Campus which was established to serve the specific development needs of Antigua and Barbuda while providing a hub to enable the greater participation by The UWI in the development agendas of the OECS.

Applications are currently open for entry into degree and certificate programmes at The UWI Five Islands. For more information visit www.fiveislands.uwi.edu/apply.


About Campus Council

Each campus has a Council, a governing body with powers as prescribed in the University’s Statute 21. The Campus Council is constituted in accordance with Statute 19 and includes the Chair; Vice-Chancellor; Campus Principal; Deputy Principal; Campus Registrar; Campus Bursar; Deans of all faculties; representatives of all categories of staff; representatives of the Guild of Students; representatives of the Academic Board of other campuses; representatives of the Alumni body; representatives of the governments of The UWI’s contributing countries; representatives of Tertiary Level Institutions in the Caribbean; and nominees appointed by the Chancellor from among persons in industry, commerce, the professions, the labour movement and other non-governmental organizations. The Chair of Campus Council, who is appointed by the Chancellor, serves for a period of five years and can be re-appointed on the advice of the Chancellor. The Campus Councils meet annually, largely to receive detailed reports from officers and committees, which have responsibilities derived from the University’s Charter and other instruments. Such reports include academic and curriculum updates, statistics on students, staffing issues and strategic initiatives undertaken.

About The UWI

For over 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. The world’s most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, has ranked The UWI among the top 600 universities in the world for 2019 and 2020, and the 40 best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2018 and 2019. The UWI has been the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. For more, visit www.uwi.edu.

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