News Archives - 2014
December 17, 2014: UCCI Computer Technician Certificate students, under the supervision of lecturer, Mr. Selgin Amador, had a wonderful experience during their recent visit at Dart Enterprises. Mr. Amador shared that the group were able to obtain some valuable career advice from the President, the Vice President of Human Resources, the Learning & Development Manager, managers from the IT Department as well as two UCCI IT students currently working with the
▶Full Story (PDF): Computer Technician Students Visit Dart (UCCI News Release)
December 10, 2014: Students from the University College of the Cayman Islands' (UCCI) School of Hospitality Studies are gaining hands on experience at the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA), which is part of a partnership between UCCI and local businesses to give students a chance to learn more about the hospitality and customer service industry.
▶Go to full story: UCCI Students Gain Experience at CIAA (CNS Business)
December 5, 2014: The University College of the Cayman Islands has raised $10,000 towards an initiative to raise a million dollars it hopes to spend on improvements at the university. So far, this has come from faculty, staff and student contributions, and proceeds from two school-based fund-raisers, according to the university. "We are in meetings with a number of prospective corporate sponsors and once we have confirmed, we will be sure to update the public," said Kristel Sanchez, UCCI's director of marketing, public relations and alumni.
▶Go to full story: UCCI Aims to Raise $1 Million (CayCompass.com)
November 11, 2014: Former Information Commissioner Jennifer Dilbert asked the 2014 graduating class of the University College of the Cayman Islands to be better citizens of the world. Speaking during the college's graduation ceremony last Thursday, Dilbert said the dispatch of the students to the job market might be a start with just being kinder on the roads or at the supermarket, or it might mean getting on a flight and going off to West Africa to help to fight the Ebola epidemic.
▶Go to full story: Dilbert Urges UCCI Graduates to be Better World Citizens (LoopCayman.com)
November 05, 2014: Mrs. Jennifer Dilbert, MBE, JP, Cayman's first Information Commissioner, is the Commencement Speaker for the University College of the Cayman Islands' (UCCI's) 17th commencement exercise. This will take place in the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall on the UCCI campus on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Mrs. Dilbert headed the independent Information Commissioner's Office which ensures that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Law is complied with, and its objectives met. By the time of her retirement, FOI had become intricately woven into the community, with many public officials and authorities responding to the call for transparency and good governance.
▶Go to full story: First Information Commissioner to speak at UCCI's 2014 Commencement Ceremony (RadioCayman.gov.ky)
November 05, 2014: The intersection of higher education, business and government agencies in the cybersecurity arena is key to development of the 21st century workforce, according to a panel of experts in the United States, and the topic reverberates in Cayman as well. Developing a workforce to meet the needs of cybersecurity demands, whether in healthcare, aviation, social services or any range of industries requires collaboration, the panel agreed, particularly collaboration between business and education to develop a robust curriculum in higher education. This curriculum focuses on STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In one such effort, Cayman Enterprise City recently partnered with the University College of the Cayman Islands to further promote the college's STEM educational efforts aimed at the next generations of Caymanians.
▶Go to full story: Building a Cyber-Smart Workforce (The Cayman Islands Journal)
November 05, 2014: Cayman's thriving entrepreneurs are risk-taking, confident, driven and most of all, possess a high degree of social skills. These are just some of the attributes that Tracy Ebanks, general manager of the Cayman Islands Development Bank, identified as part of her master's thesis at the University College of the Cayman Islands. The study examined the characteristics of successful local entrepreneurs in the Cayman Islands.
▶Go to full story: What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur? (The Cayman Islands Journal)
October 31, 2014: It was inevitable that Roy Bodden would become a noted voice on history and politics in Cayman. Growing up in the historic Guard House area of Bodden Town, and later becoming a legislator, minister of education, human resources and culture, and now president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, his background is as expansive as his writings. Relying on his experience in politics and education and position as a "concerned Caymanian and native son," Bodden will soon release a collection of poems, "Reflections from a Broken Mirror," which delves deep into the political, emotional and psychological neocolonialist bonds that the self-professed "fervent anti-colonialist" says Cayman must break free of.
▶Go to full story: 'Reflections from a Broken Mirror' Roy Bodden's Poetic Plea (CayCompass.com)
October 28, 2014: The University College of the Cayman Islands UCCI has announced the dress code that students are expected to be abide by. Students are not allowed to wear bandannas, tank tops, wallet chabs and medallions bigger than the school identity card.
▶Go to full story: UCCI Enforces Dress Code (LoopCayman.com)
October 16, 2014: It was in 1975 that the Cayman Islands Government first funded a part time community college, and just 10 years ago that the institution became a university college. The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) now offers associates, bachelors, masters, professional education and workforce training.
▶Go to full story: UCCI Celebrates 10 Years (Cayman 27)
October 13, 2014: The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants honored 11 newly qualified Caymanian accountants and five graduates with bachelor's degrees in accounting at its seventh annual gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Saturday. Tara Rivers, minister for education, employment and gender affairs, congratulated the graduates from the University College of the Cayman Islands and the International College of the Cayman Islands. "It is with pride that I acknowledge your achievements as a testament to the ability, depth and level of education provided by our higher education facilities," she said.
▶Go to full story: Gala Celebrates New Generation of Caymanian Accountants (CayCompass.com)
October 6, 2014: Eleven sophomore students from the University College of the Cayman Islands School of Nursing have received their nurses caps. The capping ceremony marked a milestone for UCCI, as this is the first class in the new nursing program to reach this point, University President Roy Bodden said.
▶Go to full story: First Capping Ceremony for UCCI Nursing Students (CayCompass.com)
September 16, 2014: UCCI continues to keep its students at the forefront of emerging technologies and new skill sets by aligning with Pennsylvania State University's World Campus. The World Campus partnership brings additional educational opportunities to UCCI’s students that might otherwise be cost prohibitive. Classes that are cancelled due to low enrolment will no longer prevent any UCCI student from graduating in a timely manner. And students wishing to register for highly specialised electives may do so for degree credits with their advisor’s permission.
▶Full Story (PDF): UCCI Forms Online Alliance with Penn State (UCCI News Release)
September 2, 2014: Knowing that many future zone jobs in Cayman Enterprise City will be created by technology companies that will require specialized skills, CEC has partnered with the University College of the Cayman Islands to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to the next generation of Caymanians. Math, science and engineering are all intrinsically linked with technology and STEM courses are tied to educational competiveness and future economic prosperity. By preparing them with the right college courses and experiences, CEC and UCCI want to create a workforce pipeline that will fill jobs in the zone and inspire young Caymanians to start their own companies.
▶Full Story (PDF): CEC Partners with UCCI to Bolster STEM Education (CEC News Release)
September 1, 2014: The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) is buzzing with energy and excitement as it prepared to welcome students and faculty back for the new academic year on September 1, 2014. Mr. JA Roy Bodden, JP, UCCI President said, "Welcome back for the Academic Year 2014-2015. This is going to be an engaging, productive and unforgettable year in that we will celebrate UCCI's 10th Charter Anniversary as a University College. I take this opportunity to invite you to the various events and activities that we will be hosting."
▶Full Story (PDF): UCCI: A Borderless Institution (UCCI News Release)
August 29, 2014: The first intake of 25 students for Cayman's new hospitality school were told on Wednesday that they had a duty to make the most of the opportunity and go on to build successful careers in the tourism industry. School director Wayne Jackson said the final 25 were selected from a pool of around 40 candidates for the flagship program designed to get more young Caymanians involved in tourism jobs.
▶Go to full story: Opportunity Beckons for Chosen Few (CayCompass.com)
July 31, 2014: Hospitality leaders are being urged to transform their boats, back offices and kitchens into training centers for young Caymanian students to learn the tourism trade on the "front lines." The success of the islands' new School of Hospitality Studies, launching in September, will depend on the participation of tourism businesses, industry leaders were told at a forum to officially launch the school to businesses. The forum was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Tuesday.
▶ Go to full story: Business Input 'Key' to Tourism School Success (CayCompass.com)
June 25, 2014: The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) and the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education have collaboratively designed three high quality education programmes to prepare students for teaching in a government or private school at the primary level.
▶ Full Story (PDF): UCCI Reengineers Education Programmes (UCCI News Release)
May 5, 2014: The nursing profession is one that continues to be held in high regard and requires the unwavering dedication and care that only the most noble and humble of individuals would embrace. To many the banking industry and the nursing profession would be an unlikely pair, until now. Cayman National has decided to mix the tradition of offering business and finance scholarships by supporting the nursing profession with the Peter A. Tomkins Cayman National Nursing Scholarship.
▶ Full Story (PDF): Cayman National Unveils Nursing Scholarship (UCCI News Release)
May 2, 2014: There's a lot more to the hospitality industry than washing dishes and changing linens. That's the message from UCCI President Roy Bodden, as a new partnership between the college and the industry aims to give students the on-the-job training they need to have an edge.
▶ Go to: Hospitality School Offers Real-World Experience for "Best and Brightest" (Cayman 27)
April 25, 2014: Stargazers in Cayman are hoping that by raising public awareness of light pollution, they can have clearer views of the night sky. The Cayman Islands Astronomical Society is joining a global initiative to help tackle the issue of light pollution that is not only hindering astronomers’ views of planets and stars, but also causing problems for Cayman’s turtle population.
▶ Go to: Astronomers Tackle Light Pollution (CayCompass.com)
March 21, 2014: With speakers coming from as far away as Africa and Europe, and with its wide regional representation, UCCI took to the world its Caribbean Conference which opened on Wednesday (March 19). It is the first of its four conferences to broadcast live globally by video streaming.
The conference is thereby accessible to anyone with a mobile device or computer.
The aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the potential for corruption and the decline in ethical standards across all the various sectors of society, and the consequent damaging effects on economies and social harmony. The conference will focus on strategies of various regional and extra-regional governments and organisations, public and private, to raise sensitivity to these threats and how to curb and work to eliminate them.
▶ Full Story (PDF): UCCI Caribbean Conference Transmits Globally (UCCI News Release)
March 12, 2014: The fourth conference in the biennial series, the largest and the best supported-ever, kicks off next Wednesday (19 March) with a reception and keynote address that are open to the Cayman public. The UCCI Anti-Corruption Conference is made possible by the support of government and commerce in the Cayman Islands. The three latest top-tier sponsors are the National Building Society of Cayman (NBSC), RBC Royal Bank (RBC), EY (Ernst & Young). Other top-tier sponsors announced earlier include CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and the Cayman Islands Government (specifically the Portfolio of the Civil Service and the Ministry of Education).
▶ Full Story (PDF): Government & Private Sector Step Up to Support Anti-Corruption Conference (UCCI News Release)
▶ Article (PDF): Organisations Step Up to Support Anti-Corruption Conference (Article)
February 26, 2014: The financial sector is stepping up in support of the UCCI Caribbean values and ethics conference scheduled in March at the University College of the Cayman Islands. The latest group to come aboard is the Cayman Islands Compliance Association, which on Friday (7 February) handed over a cheque as a gold sponsor of the conference.
▶ Full Story (PDF): Compliance Association Supports UCCI Conference (UCCI News Release)
February 20, 2014: Christoph Barnett, CFA, and board member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society Cayman Islands, accompanied faculty mentor, Ginnie Gardiner, PhD, and her five students to Dallas last weekend where the University College of the Cayman Islands CFA Student Research Challenge team competed against regional teams from Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios, El Salvador, Barna Business School, Dominican Republic, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala.
▶ Full Story (PDF): UCCI Students Step Up to CFA Challenge in Dallas (UCCI News Release)
February 17, 2014: The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) announces that the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has joined a growing band of sponsors enabling the staging of the March 2014 UCCI Caribbean Conference.
▶ Full Story (PDF): CONCACAF Sponsors UCCI Conference (UCCI News Release)