Summary: UWI 75th anniversary. Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles and Dr Maurice Smith said the 75th anniversary of UWI would be a magnificent year. This year marks 75 years since the official opening of its first Campus in Mona, Jamaica. Chancellor Robert Bermudez says he believes that UWI has lived up to its promise, but more must be done. Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles noted the extraordinary impact the institution has had on the Caribbean and along with the university's government partners thought-out the region, declared January 7th, “UWI Day”. The celebrations are being held under the theme “UWI at 75, rooted, ready, rising”.