In a historic move aimed at opening up global opportuniies for Caymanian students, whilst breaking down financial barriers to educaion, key representatives from the Cayman Islands’ Ministry of Education and the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) embarked on a collaborative journey last week to Rhode Island, USA.
Central to the visit to Rhode Island was the opportunity for the Cayman Islands’ representatives to immerse themselves in life at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT); UCCI’s partner institution in Rhode Island. The delegation’s itinerary included tours of NEIT’s state-of-the-art facilities, meetings with faculty and staff, as well as interactions with global companies that have long standing partnerships with NEIT; IGT and FM Global.
The partnership between UCCI and NEIT promises to revolutionize global educational opportunities for Caymanian students by offering a unique support package that will allow fully-funded, all-expenses-paid degrees in high-demand fields.
In addition to Government scholarships, eligible Caymanian students will receive up to $10,000 per year in financial support for living expenses, which is offered by NEIT directly. Students will have the opportunity to reside on NEIT’s campus at no cost, in one of its 200 top-of-the-range student bedrooms, providing a secure and immersive educational experience. The luxury building includes study areas on each hall, social spaces, gaming rooms, top of the range kitchens and much more. In addition, designated staff are available each day to support and assist international students when setling into life in Rhode Island.
Dr. Robert W. Robertson, President and CEO of UCCI, commented, “UCCI and NEIT are commited to ensuring a ‘home away from home’ experience for every student, with a dedicated support system in place. If you choose to study at New England Institute of Technology you will not only gain access to a prestigious, accredited American institution known for its vocational and technical programmes, but you will be supported from the day you arrive to the day you graduate. I am thrilled to be working with NEIT and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our local community.”
Not only does NEIT have a safe, leafy , 250-acre campus, it also has staff dedicated to supporting its small international cohort of students, plus live in staff at the halls of residence and activities each day on campus to help international students make friends and acclimatize. Students at NEIT also learn using world-class facilities and technology which can hugely increase their employability and career opportunities once graduated.
Jerome McCoy, Acting Deputy Chief Officer for the Ministry of Education, who visited Rhode Island, commented, “This collaborative effort between UCCI, the Cayman Islands’ Ministry of Education, and NEIT is a significant step towards providing Caymanian students with a world-class education and brighter career prospects. The partnership aims to empower the next generation of Caymanian professionals and we look forward to working with UCCI and NEIT to continue to grow this partnership.
“If you are a young Caymanian considering studying abroad between now and fall 2024, we urge you to apply now for an international student scholarship from the Cayman Islands’ Government. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2024 and we urge you to take this opportunity to expand your horizons.”
Phillip Kydd, New England Institute of Technology’s Trustee, commented, “There are hundreds of reasons why Caymanian students would benefit from completing a degree at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT). Not only will they be able to access top-of-the range technology, world-class instructors and amazing extra-curricular opportunities, but they will also work with NEIT’s network of businesses that can open more doors for global careers.
“Our Cayman Islands delegation had the pleasure of meeting a few of these including IGT and FM Global. IGT is a global leader in gaming with offices in the UK in Italy, Las Vegas, and Rhode Island. The company atracts the industry’s top talent, with approximately 10,500 employees across the globe. FM Global is an American mutual insurance company based in Johnston, Rhode Island with offices worldwide. Both employers take many students from NEIT for internships, work placement and long-term careers and are just a few of the networking opportunities open to our international Caymanian students.
“Finally, an education at NEIT is unique because of our four-semester calendar which means that students can complete an associate degree in as litle as 18 months, bachelor’s in 36 months, and only an additional 18 months for your master’s degree. Meaning that students can be out in the workforce and earning money faster. We believe that this partnership will grow and grow and provide global opportunities for both the Rhode Island and Cayman Islands communities.”
Students who are interested in applying for a place at New England Institute of Technology can visit www.ucci.edu.ky/neit .
Applications are open now for January 2024.