Caribbean universities, largely operating in small island states (small-scale economies, populations, and political structures) represent catalysts for national and regional development. In this context, some have been more successful than others in responding to social demands, characterized by their degree of success in developing a critical mass of expertise, maintaining professional and intellectual legitimacy, their efficient use of resources while maintaining qualitative objectives and establishing external links. At the operational level, creating evaluation mechanisms, networks, regional centers, the use of new information technologies and delivery systems, advances in science and technology. (See OECD Publishing, Beyond GDP: Measuring What Counts for Economic and Social Performance - Country-experiences with using well-being indicators to steer policies, November 27, 2018). The articles in this issue on the Caribbean address these issues and more.