Dr Carol Jacobs – Dsc  ( pictured above at left being presented  with the honorary degree by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne) Carol “Lady” Haynes, or Dr Carol Jacobs, as she is known in her private medical practice, has made significant contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Barbados and the Caribbean. Dr Jacobs is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and her early experience as a medical doctor was gained at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. She has had her own private practice in family medicine since 1979. Her involvement in the HIV/AIDS Programme began in 1988 and, from 2001-2008, she chaired the Barbados National HIV Commission and served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy in this regard. Her unanimous election in 2005 to the Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, made her the first Caribbean person and the first woman to hold this international office. In 2005, she received the UNAIDS Gold Medal of Achievement for her work in this arena. Under her stewardship, the Barbados National Policy Document 2008 and the National Strategic Plan for HIV Prevention and Control 2008-2013 were approved by Cabinet and laid in the Barbados Parliament. She is the current Chair of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership against HIV/AIDS. In 2000 she was conferred with the Barbados Centennial Honour and in 2006 received the first-ever awarded Barbados Gold Medal of Achievement. She was appointed an Independent Senator to the Barbados Senate in 2015.

Mr Richard Anthony Best – Dlitt    ( pictured above at left being presented  with the honorary degree by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne)   Mr ‘Tony’ Best, as he is more familiarly known, is an outstanding Caribbean and international journalist. For more than five decades he has been providing commentaries and analyses on economic and social issues affecting developing nations of Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Latin America. He is a broadcast journalist, newspaper editor, former general manager of a radio and television station in the Caribbean, and  has covered the United Nations and the Organisation of American States for over 40 years. A graduate of Pace University in New York, Mr Best was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in professional studies in 1976. He has served as a communications consultant for the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region; the United Nations Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation, the Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, the United Nations Population Fund, and the United Nations Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr Best was the founding president of the Caribbean Media Association in the United States.


Sir Trevor Carmichael – LLD  ( pictured above at left being presented  with the honorary degree by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne) Barbados-born Sir Trevor Austin Carmichael received his law degree from the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies. After pursuing postgraduate studies in the United States, he was called to the United Kingdom Bar as a member of the Middle Temple in London and the Barbados Bar in 1977. He is the founder of Chancery Chambers, a Barbados law firm engaged primarily in international business law, environmental law, and the law relating to charities. The author of more than 100 articles and monographs in the areas of Law, Economics and Public Policy, he serves as a Panel Member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank as well as on several other international committees. Sir Trevor is one of eight Organisation of American States experts responsible for drafting a new OAS Coontracts. He is the recipient of several honours including: Governor-General of Canada’s Medallion for his contribution to strengthening relations between Canada and Barbados (2012); Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (2013); and Knight of St Andrew in the 2013 Barbados Independence Honours.  In March 2013, he was appointed an Independent Senator to Barbados’ Upper Chamber.

Dr Carissa Etienne – Dsc  ( pictured above at left being presented  with the honorary degree by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne) Dr Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), is a distinguished graduate of The University of the West Indies, receiving both her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the Mona Campus. She also obtained an MSc in Community Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. For more than a decade she has held senior positions at PAHO and the World Health Organisation (WHO). During her tenures, she led the efforts to renew primary health care and to strengthen health systems based on primary health care, promoting integration and improved functioning of health systems. Dr Etienne began her career as a medical officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Dominica where she eventually became the Chief Medical Officer. In Dominica, she has also been the Coordinator of the National Aids Programme, Disaster Coordinator for the Ministry of Health, Chair of the National Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, and Director of Primary Health Care Services. She is the recipient of the 2015 Dominica Award of Honour for Public Health and International Affairs.

Eleven Honorary Degrees at The UWI 2016 Graduation Ceremonies across the Caribbean.

Eleven Honorary Degrees at The UWI 2016 Graduation Ceremonies

University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus in Barbados on 15 October 2016,   

  Members of the Council of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) approved 11 honorary degrees to be awarded at the University’s 2016 graduation ceremonies. The ceremonies are expected to kick off at the Open Campus in St Kitts and Nevis on 8 October, followed by the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados on 15 October, the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago on 20-22 October and will conclude with the Mona Campus in Jamaica on 28-29 October.                                             

 The decision to confer the degrees was confirmed at the annual meeting of The UWI’s University Council held earlier this year. The Council awards honorary degrees to persons of eminence in the arts and sciences or other fields of intellectual endeavour, or persons who have made outstanding regional or international contributions. These honorary degrees are traditionally presented by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne during the annual graduation ceremonies.

 We are highlighting the four from Barbados being awarded at the Cave Hill Campus  on 15 October, 2016.

§  Sir Trevor Carmichael – LLD

§  Mr Richard Anthony Best – DLitt

§  Dr Carissa Etienne – DSc

§  Dr Carol Jacobs – DSc

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