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UCC rebranding - Institution changes name to University of the Commonwealth Caribbean

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The UCC building.

The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) board of directors has announced that the institution is rebranding and will be changing its name to the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) to reflect its new institutional profile and positioning.

The UCC has been operating as a university college for 12 years and currently serves more than 4,000 students annually in Jamaica and the eastern Caribbean. The university's students are now enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programmes (including five Master's degree programmes) across more than 15 disciplines.

The UCC was established as a result of a merger of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS) and the Institute of Management and Production (IMP).

The management of the institution has initiated the necessary steps in a transition process to secure further approval that supports the rebranding and name change from University College of the Caribbean to University of the Commonwealth Caribbean.

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean is now internationally accredited by the United Kingdom-based Accreditation Service for International Colleges & Universities (ASIC), and is seeking to offer regional franchises within the Commonwealth. The UCC has recently established a new School of Medicine, Health & Applied Sciences and is in the process of establishing a new professional law school in Guyana and Jamaica - The JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas (JHLSA).

In addition, the UCC was last year accorded formal recognition as a university college by the University Council of Jamaica - the first private non-affiliated tertiary institution in the nation to be so recognised.

"Moving to formal university status better reflects the successes we have had to date expanding our undergraduate and graduate programmes and our plans to develop a university town and global campus in western Jamaica and a new locations in the eastern Caribbean, as well as new programmes starting this year," Dr Winston Adams, the UCC group chairman, commented.