The University of the West Indies presented an Open Day at University College of the Cayman Islands’ University Centre last week.
Under the theme, ‘Four Campuses, One University,’ admission officers from St Augustine, Trinidad, Mona, Jamaica and Cave Hill in Barbados, provided prospective students with information about their institutions.
The Open Day, held 3-4 March, also served as the perfect occasion to enlighten students about UWI’s newest addition, the Open Campus.
‘We decided to amalgamate our Distance Learning Education Centre, School of Continuing Studies and Tertiary Level Institutions Unit to form the Open Campus,’ explained Anneshia Welsh, regional coordinator of open campuses in the Northern and Western Caribbean.
Ms Welsh added, ‘We are simultaneously a virtual campus with physical site locations across the Caribbean region. There are currently over 50 site locations of the Open Campus in the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.
‘We offer a three-tiered registration structure to suit particular needs and educational backgrounds. The system allows our students to move and transfer within the entire university system to reach the required standard.’
She noted that the Open Campus has developed a unique approach in the Caribbean region to enhance the student experience in innovative pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education study programmes and courses by distance, blended, online and face-to-face learning modes. Ms Welch explained that although the Open Campus has a location on the grounds of UCCI, they are currently not affiliated with the institution.
‘All our programmes and courses at the Open Campus have been designed in direct response to a need for high quality continuing and professional development in many key areas in the Caribbean and global markets,’ she said.
With interested applicants buzzing around the University Centre to identify courses and campuses that appeal to them, UWI representative to the Cayman Islands Robert Geofrey noted both days of the open house were busy.
‘People seem to be very interested, coming in – if only for a minute – to see what we have to offer,’ said Mr. Geofrey.
Taking a look at brochures provided at the Open Day was Treasha Corlette. ‘I just wanted to see what this was all about, and see what options UWI can provide,’ she said.
Ms Welsh added: ‘Many people aren’t aware of what we offer, so we have been doing promotions and open houses around the region to let people know that they can conduct their studies at any one of our locations. We have high quality programmes and competitive prices that will work for them.’