With the local post-secondary landscape developing rapidly, it’s no surprise that a number of students are choosing to stay in Cayman when pursuing their higher education degrees. With an incredible location and competitive fee schedules, Cayman has also become a hotspot for foreign students to come to study professional degrees, especially in the fields of Law and Medicine.
The 1980s were a key time for the development of tertiary education options in the Cayman Islands. The Governent at the time made it a priority to centralise the administration of Cayman’s handful of tertiary education options, and so three privately owned schools were combined to create one college. One of the schools focused on Hotel Training, the second on Marine and Trades, and the third on the Secretarial/Business sectors and by becoming one school they were named the Community College of the Cayman Islands. The name was later changed to the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).
Fast forward to 2019 and today UCCI offers international accreditation on its courses and has 1,200 students and 70 full-time faculty and staff. They also have international partnerships with other universities and so students enjoy various options to study abroad while local students have many internship opportunities. They have a very strong STEM programme, thanks in part to the establishment of the Dr Wm. Hrudey Observatory in 2012. Their Associates, Bachelor and Masters programmes work well alongside UCCI’s strong Performing Arts programme that includes a choir, a dance troupe and a multi-awarded steelpan band, the UCCI Pandemix.
A few years ago, those in the local hotel and restaurant industry recognised that Cayman would benefit from a hospitality school, and so UCCI’s School of Hospitality Studies was born. The school offers an internationally accredited hospitality/tourism studies programme that aims to meet existing and future needs of the Islands’ tourism industry. UCCI also houses the Island’s only official Microsoft IT Academy for the preparation, training and testing of a variety of Microsoft certification exams, and more recently, UCCI have begum offering a post-graduate diplomas in Education, and the Becker CPA Review Programme.
Established in 1970, the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) is the longest standing institution of post-secondary education in Cayman. With humble beginnings as a not-for-profit organisation, the school has long been known as the birthplace of higher education in the Cayman Islands. The school offers online and face-to-face classes and awards certificates, Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Since 2002, it has been accredited both locally and by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in the US, and the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) in the UK. With a key focus on career placement and personal development, it’s no surprise that placement rates of ICCI graduates for 2015, 2016, and 2017 were 100%, 91% and 100% respectively.
The Cayman Islands Law School, later renamed to the Truman Bodden Law School, was established in 1982, and has been affiliated with the University of Liverpool in the UK since its inception. This association validates and awards the undergraduate and Masters Degree programmes. The University of Liverpool is a Russell Group University (equivalent to the US Ivy League) and the degree is internationally recognised. With recognition also given by the Joint Academic Quality and Standards Committee of England and Wales, as a qualifying law degree, graduates are able to pursue postgraduate professional qualifications in both Cayman and the UK.
In addition to the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree, the school also offers a Masters in international Financial (LL.M) and a Professional Diploma in International Law (PGDip). As such, it has established itself as a well-respected and internationally-recognised institution that is positioned in a key global financial centre.
Cayman has a thriving medical school called St. Matthew’s which attracts most of its student population from America and other overseas countries. Students complete five semesters (three semesters a year) of Basic Science and Pre–Clinical studies in Grand Cayman, and are then transferred to do clinical rotations at teaching hospitals in the US, Canada or UK to complete their medical degree programme. St. Matthew’s also has a school of veterinary medicine where students have to complete seven semesters (three per year) of Basic Science instruction in Grand Cayman before doing a year of clinical instruction overseas.
Cayman’s first seminary, founded in conjunction with Dr. Randy Von Kanel and the Cayman Islands Baptist Church, offers coursework towards a Bachelor’s Degree taught by credentialed professors. Students can also study for a Master’s Degree through online work with an accredited US seminary.
The UWI Open Campus is a virtual campus delivering accredited undergraduate and graduate-degrees.
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ICCI offers numerous associate, bachelor and certificate programmes for further education.
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