The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a public university system serving 18 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean Islands. The university was founded in 1948, on the recommendation of the Asquith Commission through its sub-committee on the West Indies chaired by Sir James Irvine. Since the University's inception, students and faculty have been recognized in fields ranging from the arts and sciences, to business, politics, and sports. Current enrolment of students across the four campuses is 45,000 (approximately 9000 graduates annually and more than 120,000 alumni) across 4 campuses in 18 territories. Total academic staff are about 1200. The UWI is an international university, in every respect, with links extending beyond the Caribbean to well over 100 universities worldwide.