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Better days ahead for NCU - University upbeat after receiving institutional accreditation

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Northern Caribbean University’s president, Professor Dr Lincoln Edwards.
The NCU campus in Mandeville.

Mandeville, Manchester:

With news of a financial crisis, following years of decrease in enrolment coming to public attention recently, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is revealing that brighter days are ahead, having received institutional accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica.

The accreditation, which comes in effect February 17, 2019 augurs well for NCU as it enhances the university's marketability, makes graduates more employable and allows credits earned by students to be transferable to other schools.

"NCU now stands as the second institution in Jamaica to receive institutional accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica. All the programmes that we offer here at NCU have now been accredited and that is important because we will receive wider international recognition," said president of the institution, Dr Lincoln Edwards.


Increased Enrolment


Edwards, who was speaking at a press conference on December 6 at NCU's main campus, said that the institution has intensified its efforts to increase enrolment and has so far seen an increase of well over 100 students for the academic year 2017-2018.

"We having been working hard to sensitise the public that NCU offers a values-based education. We have won the Business Model competition and no other institution in the Caribbean has won that. There are several other awards that we have won. We do believe we have a wonderful product here at NCU," Edwards said.

He revealed that the university is presently working with the Ministry of Education to get approval through the American Department of Education for students to use their Federal aid to attend NCU.

He said that the institution has so far received approval for veterans to use their veteran's aid to study there.

While many continue to bemoan the cost of the school's offerings, Edwards remained convinced that the institution is doing the best it can without a government subsidy and is of the belief that people will pay for quality.

He added that there are several initiatives in place for students who need help funding their education. One such is RESCUE (Restoring Every Student's Confidence Using Education) among other work and study programmes.

The institution will, for the first time, host the third Universities of the Inter-American Division Research Conference from March 27-30, 2019 where 15 tertiary institutions affiliated with the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists will be represented, with 50 other overseas presenters and 25 local counterparts.