📖 Introduction

The UWI China Institute of Information Technology (UWICIIT) is a prestigious educational institution that serves as a hub for technological advancements and academic collaborations between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and various Chinese universities and organizations. Established in 2016, UWICIIT embodies the shared vision of promoting information technology education and research exchanges between China and the Caribbean region.

UWICIIT offers a diverse range of programs and courses in information technology, computer science, and related disciplines. The institute prides itself on its state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research initiatives, which attract top scholars, students, and industry professionals from both China and the Caribbean. Through its collaborative partnerships, UWICIIT provides students with invaluable opportunities to engage in cross-cultural learning experiences, gain exposure to innovative technological advancements, and develop the necessary skills to thrive in the digital age. With its commitment to academic excellence and international cooperation, UWICIIT has emerged as a prominent institution driving technological innovation and fostering global connections in the field of information technology.

🏫 About The UWI China Institute of Information Technology (UWI-CIIT)

Creating Tomorrow's Tech Leaders

The UWI China Institute of Information Technology (UWICIIT), was formed through an agreement between The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Suzhou Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) and was officially opened in September of 2016. Both universities have come together to pave 'a silk road for education', linking China to the Caribbean and the rest of the western world.

The UWICIIT is the first institute of its kind in the hemisphere, which aims to foster collaboration between the Caribbean and China. It has the endorsements of regional governments, CARICOM and the Chinese Government. The Institute offers state-of-the-art software engineering training, development, research and services. It will have its main offices in Barbados, with additional sites across the Caribbean.

The University of the West Indies is recognized as an approved foreign university by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.

A Global 21st-century University Rooted in the Caribbean

For over seven decades, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and the wider world.

Starting as a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI has evolved into a modern, future-driven, activist, top-ranked academy with over 50,000 students. Our mission to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean is centered on producing critical thinkers and leaders who serve the needs of the 21st-century society.

About The Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST)

Global Institute of Software Technology, Suzhou (GIST), bestowed its legal status by Jiangsu Provincial Government, is an innovative institution of higher learning jointly established by Microsoft (China) Co. Ltd., Suzhou Science and Technology Town and Global EduTech Management (Suzhou) Co. Ltd.

GIST has a strong record of collaborations with universities to jointly create a conducive environment for international students to gain and enrich their knowledge of contemporary China. With a strong relationship to The UWI, enviable location in stunning Suzhou, and incredible tech opportunities, it is the perfect partner for Software Engineering at The UWI students.

Ranked Among the Best in the World

Since 2016 when the University management took the strategic decision to prepare and position the institution for global competitive rankings, its performance results have been steadily progressive. The choice to engage the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking system was based on its standing as the most reputable and independently quality assured. Its annual rankings have become a standard measuring tool in the comparative performances of the best global universities.

The ranking results for 2022, released by the THE in early September 2021 show that The UWI has soared within the scales, moving up a very impressive 94 places. From the global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI now stands in the top 1.5%, up from 3% in the prior year.

A Legacy of Producing Leaders

UWI graduates can be found in every sector of Caribbean society, including the highest levels of government and business. Over 20 proud Pelicans have risen to become Heads of Government and countless others are leaders of all the professions – locally, regionally and internationally.

Their network of more than 240,000 alumni includes from Emmy Award, Man Booker and Nobel Prize winners, to CEOs, entrepreneurs, academics and artists and every other major discipline.

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🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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