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Tertiary education in western Jamaica is set to become more easily accessible come January 2011, when the City of Montego Bay becomes home to another university campus.
The International University of the Caribbean (IUC) is set to open its newest campus, The Sir Howard Cooke Campus, on East Street, Montego Bay, by then. The institution, which now operates from two different locations in Montego Bay, will amalgamate its operations on one campus, its latest acquisition.
Speaking at a Press Conference at the Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Freeport, Montego Bay, Tuesday, November 30, Chairman of the IUC Foundation, Earl Samuels, announced that the university, which has some 2,500 enrolled students islandwide, has acquired a two acre property on East Street, Montego Bay, which will be renovated to house the institution.
He said that work on the present building on the property is set to begin immediately, with a view to opening to students in January. Phase one of the project, which should bring it to its opening for students in January, will cost approximately $140 million, with work expected to continue in phases until completion.
Describing the project as a mission not yet fully accomplished but well on the road, Mr. Samuels highlighted the fact that the Sir Howard Cooke campus will be in the heart of the City of Montego Bay, which would make it more accessible than all it competitors.
President of the IUC, Rev. Dr. Maitland Evans, noted that the IUC has five regional centres, with 16 programme delivery centres, with the Sir Howard Cooke Campus set to become the catalyst of the institution’s work in the western region.
There are in excess of 600 registered students in the IUC western region, which covers five parishes with five delivery locations.
“Because we are not just creating a set of leaders who go and look for a job, we are seeking to work to cultivate leaders who go and make their jobs, and create a kind of environment in which those around them are beginning to do that, as well,” he stated.
He added that such a situation is the future of the work-place going forward, noting that quality leaders are those who know how to create their own jobs.
“We believe we are going to create a full service university in which all of the areas of business, of community change and development, transformational leadership, psychology, theology, nursing programme and project management; all of these are areas in which we are able to offer fully accredited degrees, and to impact the citizens of this community and the citizens that are in this particular region,” he stated.