Northern Caribbean University Alumni Association

 

Cayman Chapter

 

For Immediate Release

 

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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 

 

The Adventist church in the Cayman Islands is one of the fastest growing, with a membership of some 

 

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