The Association of Universities and Research Institutions of the Caribbean (UNICA) was founded in 1967 to foster cooperation among the Higher Education Institutions in the Caribbean Region. It served as an independent, voluntary organization that brought together the highest rank officials of the universities in the Caribbean region, facilitating academic contacts and collaborative projects.

After 50 years of service, in November 2018, the Association was rebranded as Universities Caribbean. The new vision will bring the region in line with other parts of the hemisphere and world where similar regional university organisations exist to support and direct the effective planning and networking of higher education programmes and research. The rebranded Association is thus fully committed to becoming the central actor in the development of new and innovative ideas to address the social, economic and cultural changes occurring in the wider Caribbean region.