Performers from two universities delivered “A Tale of Two Christmases” simultaneously for audiences in Cayman and Pennsylvania on Saturday evening, December 10.
Connected via live videostream, West Chester University‘s Jazz Ensemble teamed up with the University College of the Cayman Islands for the choir and orchestra concert, playing tribute to Caribbean and North American holiday traditions.
▶Go to full story:'Tale of Two Christmases': A Tribute to traditions (CaymanCompass.ky)
The University College of the Cayman Islands celebrated the achievements of more than 200 graduates at a commencement ceremony Thursday evening at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall.
Twenty-five students were awarded Bachelor’s degrees, two received postgraduate degrees, 118 received associate degrees, nine degrees were awarded for professional programs and 55 certificates were given out during the ceremony that highlighted the theme “Looking Beyond the Horizon to the New Dawn.”
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October 16, 2016: Hundreds of students filtered through Sir Vassel Johnson Hall Friday afternoon for the conclusion of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Carib Conference at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
Some of the most popular events in the Family Fun Afternoon session included robotics displays, observatory tours and virtual reality demonstrations.
▶Go to full story:STEM Conference Encourages Interest in Science (CaymanCompass.ky)
October 12, 2016: Just days after U.S. President Barack Obama targeted a manned mission to Mars by 2030, one of the men responsible for making it happen was in the Cayman Islands to tell young students they could aspire to be part of it.
Delivering the keynote address at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) conference, Dave Lavery, NASA's program executive for solar system exploration, discussed some of the exploratory work already under way on Mars.
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September 29, 2016: For the typical UCCI student, a specialty such as Accounting, Computing, Economics, Marketing, Engineering, Natural Science, etcetera, is pretty straightforward, but why do, in addition, courses in Writing, Literature, Critical Thinking, History, Philosophy and Psychology? Or why should students of the Social Sciences or the Humanities be required to do a Science, a Second Language and other areas of knowledge outside of their areas of specialisation? Why all these options in the Arts, the Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences? Why is a second language required? Sometimes these questions are also asked by other stakeholders.
▶Go to full story:UCCI and the Liberal Arts Advantage (CaymanReporter.com)
June 19, 2016: More than 100 guests were present at the global insecurity-inspired lecture given by St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on June 16. Hosted at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall, the minister served as the fourth notable guest speaker of the University College of the Cayman Islands’ Distinguished Lecture series.
Welcomed by the college’s acting president and dean of graduate studies and professional development, JD Mosley-Matchett, Mr. Gonsalves, spoke on several themes, from capitalism, terrorism, climate change, and the effects of automation and advances in technology and their contribution to society.
▶Go to full story: St. Vincent PM Speaks on Global Issues at UCCI (CaymanCompass.ky)
June 6, 2016: Roy Bodden, the president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, is to become a mentor in the MasterCard Foundation scholars program.
The program provides scholarship money and support for students to attend schools and universities around the world. The aim is to help educate and coach future leaders, largely from sub-Saharan Africa. The students are supported by a community of mentors, now including Mr. Bodden.
▶Go to full story: UCCI President Tapped for Global Mentoring Role (CaymanCompass.ky)
April 7, 2016:
When a small group of Cayman students sits down for a lecture in linear algebra next month, it will be a milestone in the history of higher education in the Cayman Islands.
The students will be in a classroom at the University College of the Cayman Islands, while their classmates and the lecturer will be in Pennsylvania.
▶Go to full story: UCCI hails new partnership with US university (CaymanCompass.ky)
March 29, 2016: On Saturday, March 19th, UCCI’s second live TEDx event took place here in the Cayman Islands. Over 200 attendees inclusive of teachers, students and parents gathered at Sir Vassel Johnson Hall for a day of ‘ideas worth sharing’ relating to the future. “We were thrilled o have such a wonderful turnout. We doubled our expectations for audience size and tripled last year’s attendance,” said Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett, event curator.
▶Go to full story: TEDxUCCI 2016: A Leap into the Future (TEDxUCCI.ky)
March 28, 2016: Students, faculty and staff of the University College of Cayman Islands offered a special performance last Thursday to promote tolerance and acceptance. About two dozen people gathered in the quad in the afternoon to participate in the filming of a music video for a song called “Who I am,” written by UCCI student Ericka Rockett-McBean, who goes by the stage name Ericka Assai. The song discusses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, like discrimination and homophobia, but according to Ms. Rockett-McBean “the song is about acceptance as a whole.
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March 18, 2016: For the eighth consecutive year, a number of small-business owners are getting free consultations from University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) business students. This year's entrepreneurs, who are members of the Cayman Islands Small Business Association (CISBA), are Ms Nina Squires (Beach Bubbles Cayman), Ms Dawn McLean-Sawney (Arbutus Galley), and Mr Omar Chambers (Link International Group Ltd). Cayman National Bank (CNB) is again sponsoring the programme, which started 23 February, by covering expenses incurred by the students as part of their consultancy. The student consultancy programme is a joint initiative between UCCI and the Ministry of Commerce, said the Ministry's Deputy Chief Officer Tamara Ebanks.
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November 3, 2015: On 29 October, 236 students graduated from The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).
In his address the university's President Roy Bodden stated, "The academic year, September 2014 to July 2015, was, by my calculation, a resoundingly successful year. Indeed, were it not for the sudden passing of Perry George, Dean of Administration, it would not be inaccurate to describe it as a perfect year at UCCI.".
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November 3, 2015: The University College of the Cayman Islands has entered into a partnership with West Chester University in Pennsylvania that will allow students of the universities to enroll in courses at both institutions.
▶Go to full story: UCCI to Offer US University Courses (CayCompass.com)
October 29, 2015: Cayman 27 highlights the University College of the Cayman Islands' (UCCI) Mixed Choir. Its team work, determination and pride lands them the Classroom of the Month award.
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September 16, 2015: Continuing on the path of excellence, the University College of the Cayman Islands Education Programmes have been awarded the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) Validation recently.
▶Go to full story: UCCI Education Programme Validated by JBTE (Radio Cayman)
July 18, 2015: UCCI School of Hospitality Studies held their first annual awards ceremony Thursday night and recognised 19 young Caymanians who had successfully completed the program. The hospitality school was launched in September 2014 and the course has been designed so that students experience many different aspects of Cayman's hospitality sector.
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July 10, 2015: Two young Caymanian Science students from UCCI, Samantha Cridland and Kerrie Forbes, are heading to the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria for the International Summer Academy in Engineering 4 Women (ISAE4W) in Wels, Austria on July 13-24, 2015.
▶Full Story (PDF): UCCI Students to Attend Women's Engineering Academy in Austria (UCCI News Release)
May 28, 2015: As it celebrates its 10th charter anniversary, the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) continues to achieve milestone after milestone. Just recently, Cayman’s premier tertiary education institution has been granted international accreditation by the UK-based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). Recognised for its many areas of strength and good practice, UCCI has been deemed commendable overall and has been designated as an ASIC Premier Institution.
▶Full Story (PDF): UCCI: Growing from Strength to Strength (UCCI News Release)
May 21, 2015: The University College of the Cayman Islands has been granted international accreditation for the first time in its history. UCCI President Roy Bodden said the move was a "giant step forward" for the University College and would help answer critics of the institution. "For those who were wondering as to our legitimacy, they need wonder no more," he said. "The college is now internationally benchmarked for the first time."
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May 14, 2015: The Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) is pleased to announce that, at its meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on April 12-14, 2015, the College of Business Studies and Professional Development at the University College of the Cayman Islands in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands was granted the status of candidate for accreditation.
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April 30, 2015: Perry George, the dean of administration at the University College of the Cayman Islands, passed away Wednesday morning. An economist, IT specialist and educator, Mr. George joined UCCI, then the Community College of the Cayman Islands, in 1996 as senior lecturer and the head of the Computing Department, where he provided strategic leadership in curriculum development and implementation, and IT development. UCCI President Roy Bodden said, "Dean George's passing is most regrettable. He leaves a deep void which will be very hard to fill. I considered him a friend, so for me it's a double loss. My condolences go out to his wife, children and the rest of his family. We at the University College will try to honor his memory by continuing his stellar work at UCCI."
▶Go to full story: UCCI Dean of Administration Perry George Passes Away (CayCompass.com)
March 4, 2015: The University College of the Cayman Islands will find out within a month whether it has gained the right to become an accredited institution for the first time. An inspector from the U.K.-based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities has been on site for the past two days. Lee Hammond, of the organization, said his inspection covered everything from health and safety standards to the type of qualifications delivered at the institution.
▶Go to full story: UCCI Seeks International Accreditation (CayCompass.com)