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Local News 23 Mar, 2023 Follow News


On 14 March 2023, the University College of the Cayman Islands welcomed a very important guest to the campus with a visit from Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic, the Canadian High Commissioner and Consul General for the Cayman Islands. Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic visited the nation’s University to strengthen the academic links recently established between the Cayman Islands and Canada by President Robert W. Robertson.

This visit followed the virtual signing of a memorandum of understanding between UCCI and the University of Prince Edward Island (UEPI), in Canada on 30 January 2023, to affirm a new partnership which will provide global opportunities for the two University communities.

President and Chief Executive officer of UCCI, Dr. Robert W. Robertson alongside UCCI Board Chairman Mr. Gilbert McLean and various other members of the University’s corporate management team, welcomed Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic along with Ms. Sophie Goulet, Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner of the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica and Yves Martel, Canadian Honorary  Consul for the Cayman Islands.

The parties discussed the newly formed links between the University College of the Cayman Islands and Canadian educational institutions with the hope of growing the relationship further, to provide more opportunities for the Cayman Islands’ community.

The aim of this very important partnership is to offer global opportunities for faculty, students, and staff at the University and to increase the quality of UCCI’s teaching and learning, research, and innovation amongst many further benefits.

Dr. Robert W. Robertson, President, and CEO of UCCI, commented, “We were delighted to host Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic, along with her esteemed colleagues, in a visit to the Cayman Islands. It is very important for UCCI to forge links with other overseas educational communities so that we can share best practice, develop, grow and continue to improve.

He continued, “Alongside partnerships, the discussions included academic support programs and scholarships that are currently available from the Government of Canada for Caymanians, to allow our young people to go abroad to study.  One such program is the Emerging Leaders in the America’s project which is currently open for applications to Caymanians looking to study in Canada, all on scholarship. We look forward to seeing more educational pathways open up between the two countries as our relationship develops.”

Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic, the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica and the Bahamas and Consul General for the Cayman Islands, commented “We were thrilled to visit the Cayman Islands and have a tour of the nation’s University. Technical, vocational and trades training and environmental sustainability are key drivers for UCCI now and this very closely aligns with a strong focus on these sectors in Canada. We want to strengthen our relationship with the Cayman Islands’ community and I look forward to further articulation agreements in the very near future.”

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