The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus was established in 1963, when
it started out as the College of Arts and Science with one hundred and eighteen
students and four full-time academic staff. In August, 1967, the College moved to
its present site at Cave Hill. With the establishment of the Faculty of Law in 1970,
the name of the College was changed to the Cave Hill Campus of the University of
the West Indies.
The University of the West Indies has been the defining Caribbean institution of
the 20th Century. The Cave Hill campus as an important part of the Barbadian educational
scene continues to play a part in development-oriented research at many levels.
A significant number of knowledgeable persons who make contributions in their specific
areas of study worldwide are produced as the Cave Hill Campus continues to contribute
to national and regional development and transformation. It has provided access
to education for Barbadians and other Caribbean citizens, many of whom can attest
to the role it has played in their personal development and the growth of the region
as a whole, not only in the area of education but in that of sports as well, in
particular cricket. The Cave Hill Campus overlooks the island’s capital and main
commercial center, Bridgetown, which is just five miles away. With much of its original
architecture of simple, low-rise buildings still intact, the physical expansion
has taken place in a manner sympathetic to the original architectural design of
low-rise buildings, simplicity and orderliness. This, combined with the scenic attractiveness
of the site, and the relatively small size of the University community creates an
inviting and friendly atmosphere which is immediately felt by visitors to the Campus.