The University of the West Indies hosted an Induction Ceremony of Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine as Principal of the St. Augustine Campus.
The ceremony was held on January 21, 2023 at Daaga Auditorium on the St. Augustine Campus, UWI.
The Induction of the Campus Principal is a formal ceremony recognising new leadership and direction, and is the official act of the campus taking an historic step into its next chapter. The ceremony takes place after the official appointment is made and serves to recognise the Principal as the leader of the Campus. During the ceremony, the new Principal is formally endowed with the responsibilities of their appointment and invited by the Chancellor to deliver their inaugural address. It is a formal academic ceremony complete with an Academic Procession.
“On being appointed to the role on August 1, 2022, The UWI Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles noted her remarkable professional journey.”
“She is a history maker and modern-day freedom fighter whose work has been transformational regionally and internationally. As the University and its respective campuses embark on a significant revolution, we are confident in the intellect and respect that she brings to lead at St Augustine. As a community, we share in celebrating this moment of personal and professional achievement for her, and welcome her with the fullest support”.
Professor Antoine’s UWI journey began in 1989, in the Faculty of Law, Cave-Hill as a Temporary Lecturer who became the inaugural Director and initiator of the successful Master of Law (LLM) programme, The UWI’s first multi-campus, hybrid delivery programme, launched in 2002. She was one of the youngest UWI lecturers to be appointed to the rank of Professor, in 2004, and the first sitting Dean of the Faculty of Law, St. Augustine, serving two terms. In 2021, she was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research.
Professor Antoine during the ceremony said “my philosophy has alway been that a university – this Campus – must be entrenched in its community to have relevance. A vibrant, impactful and revered social actor with cutting edge research. I want to expand The UWI from the classroom to the communities. Scholarship should be taken to the people. It is then that our research, our teaching, will be grounded and transformative. And in this goal we should partner, not just with governments and the private sector, but with NGOs. And we have started. Last month we went to Moruga. UWI can indeed touch people and change lives” ~ Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of The UWI St. Augustine Campus during her inaugural address this evening.”
Source: UWI St. Augustine Campus