Dr Al Walwyn was one of the first 33 students at the then University College of the West Indies, when the university got underway at Mona in Jamaica in 1948. Born in Nevis, he practised for decades as an opthalmologist, in Antigua. His family kindly shared some recent footage of him recounting memories of events at Mona, and we are happy to share his recollections with you.
The first students, from nine Caribbean countries, all did medicine. In the second year, the UCWI added Natural Science and, in the third year, Arts. Initially a college operating in association with the University of London, the UWI became an independent, degree-granting university in 1962.