Northern Caribbean University Alumni Association
For Immediate Release
NCU Re-Launches Cayman Alumni Association
With a view to contributing significantly to the Cayman community, the Cayman chapter of the
alumni association of Northern Caribbean University will be re-launched on Thursday, 18 June.
“With the large number of graduates here in the Cayman Islands, we believe that a local alumni
chapter can make a significant difference to the social development of the Cayman Islands and for
this reason we are particularly excited about this re-launch,” said Dr. Ivor Harry, Education
Secretary for the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The university, which celebrated its hundredth birthday in 2007, places much emphasis itself on
contributing to a strengthening of the social fabric of Jamaica in a number of collaborative efforts
“The availability of these resources to the Cayman community is what makes this relaunch so exciting,”
Dr. Harry said, pointing to one particular programme, “The Empowerment Training Project,” as offering
potential for sponsorship by the Chapter for use in Cayman.
The Empowerment Training Project was launched in 2010 by the university’s Community Counselling
and Restorative Justice Centre (CCRJ). The CCRJ is a community outreach entity operated by NCU since
2003 and works collaboratively with two Jamaica Government organisations – the Victim Support Unit
and the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences.
The CCRJ’s Empowerment Training Project, Dr. Harry says, can be easily adapted for use in Cayman.
More than 1,248 participants from over 25 communities and schools In Jamaica have benefitted from
the project. The aims of the project include achieving better educated and well-informed parents, and
stronger, more supportive, responsible families; decline in teenage pregnancies; less abuse and neglect
of children and youth; and a stronger sense of self and greater commitment towards self-development,
among other important social development targets.
“The proven track record of this project in achieving positive results in Jamaica’s schools and
communities has created a demand for the programme in Jamaica and elsewhere, and we believe that it
can have a similar impact here,” Pastor Harry says.
Through sponsorships of projects such as this and others available from the alma mater, the Cayman
Chapter of the Alumni Association, Pastor Harry says, offers an avenue for NCU graduates to make a real
Explaining the resources and amenities available at NCU, Dr. Harry noted that the institution is
headquartered in Mandeville, Jamaica, and operates extension campuses in Eastern and Western
Jamaica. Nearly 4,000 unique students from 26 countries are enrolled in its five colleges and one school
The university is accredited by the UCJ (University Council, Jamaica), the same authority that
accredits the University of the West Indies (UWI).
“The majority of our programmes are accredited, and the others are in the process of being
accredited by the UCJ. In addition, the university administration is preparing for a self-study in
pursuit of ‘institutional accreditation,’” said Dr. Trevor Gardner, President of NCU.
Institutional accreditation, a status that UWI itself only recently achieved, means that all the
academic programmes and services as well as the operations of the institution meet the required
standards of the national accrediting body within the country. In essence, all the academic
programmes of the university would be recognized internationally, Dr. Gardner said.
“This would be a great accomplishment for NCU, as currently the only tertiary institution in Jamaica
with full accreditation from the UCJ is the University of the West Indies,” said Dr. Gardner.
Membership in the Cayman Chapter of the Alumni Association is open not only to alumni but to all
friends of the university. The chapter’s re-launch takes place on Thursday (18), at 6:30 pm, at the
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