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UCCI builds strategic alliance with Penn State

The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) has partnered with Penn State World Campus, the online campus of The Pennsylvania State University, to bring its students additional educational opportunities that might otherwise be unaffordable to them.

With the new partnership, the university continues to keep its students at the forefront of emerging technologies and new skill sets. Classes that are cancelled due to low enrolment will no longer prevent any UCCI student from graduating in a timely manner. In addition, students wishing to register for highly specialised electives may do so for degree credits with their advisor’s permission.

UCCI President Roy Bodden said, “At UCCI we are always seeking to build strategic alliances, both locally and internationally, so as to afford our students opportunities to access the best learning experiences available.

“Its small size, comparatively speaking, should be no impediment to UCCI’s building of excellent educational opportunities for its students and, over the next academic year, we look forward to more such alliances,” he added.

Dr JD Mosley-Matchett, Director of Graduate Studies and Professional Development at UCCI also remarked on the new arrangement between both universities. “By joining forces with internationally recognised institutions such as Penn State University, UCCI proves once again that our students are receiving a world-class education. The expanded curriculum offered through the World Campus provides unmatched learning options for our students,” he said.

The alliance synchronises with UCCI’s 10th charter year as a University College offering graduate, undergraduate, technical, and professional training in the Cayman Islands.

President Bodden continued,It has always been my vision to compensate for the constraints of size, financial affordability and changing technologies by developing relationships with institutions on the cutting edge of educational developments.

“Building alliances with reputable institutions such as Penn State affords UCCI students access to their resources, reputation and academic integrity which a small institution like UCCI would normally find as being unaffordable and unsustainable.”

“Penn State World Campus is pleased to offer UCCI students an additional resource to complete their degree programs,” said Renata Engel, associate vice provost for Online Programs. “World Campus programs are developed and delivered with a commitment to academic quality by Penn State faculty in a format that is convenient and flexible. These efforts have led to a wide range of recognition, including Top 25 rankings of several online degree programs by U.S. News & World Report.”

The benefits of UCCI’s arrangement with World Campus extend beyond its current students.  Even working adults who may want to update their knowledge or skills would be able to tap into the wide array of courses provided.

To learn more about the UCCI-approved courses available through Penn State’s World Campus, existing students should check with their advisors or department heads. Non-students may contact UCCI’s Admissions Office by calling (345) 623-0507.


About Monique Spence

Monique is a young Caymanian Reporter/Journalist who recently joined our staff. She covers community news and arts and entertainment for our online platform as well as The Cayman Reporter’s daily publication. Prior to starting her career at The Cayman Reporter, Monique pursued a Bachelors of Arts degree in Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

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