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The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI)

The Little University That Could

The University College of the Cayman Islands has never let size stand in the way of achievement – and this “Little University that Could” has been making giant strides for education and community development not only in the Islands, but in the region.

One of these major undertakings is the biennial Caribbean conferences that UCCI undertakes on a completely non-profit basis simply because it feels that a university should have a voice and should offer similar opportunities for the community to be heard in a fair and democratic environment. Indeed, UCCI has dedicated these conferences to open exchange of ideas regardless of any political or social pressures that could tend to discourage open dialogue. Toward this end, UCCI has brought thinkers and influencers from various fields of expertise, discussing some of the most pressing issues of our time.

In contemplating the achievements of these biennial conferences, with their wide regional outreach, one might not be aware that the student body is just around 1,000. But that modest scale (a positive advantage for students, incidentally) is balanced with a highly qualified faculty, members of which possess either master’s or doctoral degrees. This has led in recent years to UCCI becoming the institution of choice for many Caymanians and expatriates alike, as they are able to experience the demands of a university environment right on their doorstep.

Conscious of the need to guard against insularity, UCCI also strives to be on the cutting edge of technology by promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives and through the establishment of its very own observatory, among other enterprises.

Nevertheless, size does matter, and conferences of the magnitude that UCCI has been undertaking do demand sacrifices in time and effort from faculty and students, and the generosity of the Cayman private sector that is hard pressed to support so many worthy ventures.

And so these conferences could not be accomplished without the altruism of the many speakers who come to UCCI from the US, Canada, the UK, and regionally to make the conferences the world-class events that they are. We are truly indebted to them for supporting our vision for strengthening democracy and institutions, not only for and in the Cayman Islands, but for the region as a whole.

 
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