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Education 30 Oct, 2023 Follow News

Dr. Edward W. Dadez

UCCI -Saint Leo MOU Signing

The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) is thrilled to announce a pioneering partnership with Saint Leo University, located in Tampa, Florida. This groundbreaking collaboration launches global opportunities for Caymanian students, offering them the chance to gain a degree from one of the United States’ largest Catholic academic institutions.

This partnership not only provides young Caymanians with the opportunity to earn a degree qualification in Florida within a supportive environment facilitated by UCCI and Saint Leo’s, but also encompasses a wide range of additional activities. These include the exchange of academic staff for teaching and research, study abroad opportunities for students, joint seminars, lectures, training sessions, academic meetings, and the exchange of research materials in mutually interesting fields. Additionally, both institutions will explore research and consulting contracts, as well as potential programme collaborations.

Dr. Robert W. Robertson, President, and CEO of UCCI, commented, “We are excited to embark on this journey with Saint Leo University. As a university it is our responsibility to open up opportunity to our community and we know that some young people thrive from studying abroad and learning in a new environment. Saint Leo is an excellent choice for a partner as it is only a short, direct flight away, which will be very comforting for many parents and students. We are committed to building these opportunities for the Cayman Islands community. This partnership will undoubtedly enrich the educational landscape for our Caymanian students.”

Saint Leo University, founded in 1889, is a Catholic Benedictine institution and the first Catholic college in the state of Florida. It ranks among the largest Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States and is conveniently located just minutes away from Tampa, Florida, making it an ideal destination for Caymanian students seeking enriching educational experiences.

Dr. Edward W. Dadez, President of Saint Leo University, concluded, “One of Saint Leo University’s defining features is its dedication to accessible education. In the late 1990s, the university pioneered online education programmes, extending its reach to those who could not attend classes on campus. This dedication to innovation aligns seamlessly with UCCI’s mission to provide quality education that empowers students. We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship that supports both of our universities’ faculty, staff and, most importantly students.”

UCCI is committed to creating pathways for young Caymanians to advance their careers in the United States and beyond. This partnership closely follows the recent announcement of a collaboration with the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in Providence, USA, which has already garnered applications from young Caymanians for the Spring 2024 term.

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