In January 2002, the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS) acquired the Institute of Management and Production (IMP), thereby creating Jamaica’s first University College, the University College of the Caribbean, recognized as such by the University Council of Jamaica. UCC’s academic programs are all either accredited by the University Council of Jamaica, or in the program accreditation process.
In June 1998, UCC partnered with Florida International University (FIU) to launch several SACS, AACSB and ABET-accredited Business, Information Technology, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Curriculum and Instruction, as well as Engineering Management undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Jamaica. In 2005, The University of London (UOL) granted official registered center status to UCC, and began to offer the Certificate In Higher Education, as well as the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in Jamaica, as our university’s second major international partner. More recently in December 2017, the UOL also granted official approval to the UCC to offer the LLM degree starting in 2018.
UCC’s 4,500 students are currently enrolled in over fifteen disciplines, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, within its Schools of Business and Management, Humanities and Law, Technology and Mathematics, and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. UCC has also recently integrated into its structure two local partners: the Caribbean School of Medical Sciences of Jamaica (CSMSJ), and the iCreate Institute, while planning a new international partnership to support its first doctoral program, in Business Administration. In addition, the University has signed a formal MOU with the International University of the Caribbean (IUC), to explore a possible merger between both institutions.
The renamed and repositioned University of the Commonwealth Caribbean has developed a robust internal quality assurance system, and is currently working to establish Jamaica’s first University Town and Global Campus in western Jamaica. UCC is also collaborating with the Government of Guyana (GOG) to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas in Guyana as well as in Jamaica. Meanwhile, UCC seeks to franchise its programs within the Caribbean and beyond, and to launch the first Higher Education IPO in the Caribbean.
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