Thursday, 6 October 2011
The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) hosted its Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Thursday, 6 October. This was an opportunity to familiarise the public with the many offerings at the University College, as well as to give an update on recent developments.
UCCI President Roy Bodden told guests that the institution is a dynamic and growing place where individuals could come to fill many of their educational needs.
“There are now over1,000 students at the University College and we are excited about what we can offer them. We have recently completed a fully automated language laboratory offering courses in Spanish, French, Mandarin and even English as a Second Language. We are also hoping to establish a Confucius Institute, where the Cayman public can learn about Mandarin and other aspects of Chinese culture.”
Mr. Bodden elaborated on UCCI’s emphasis on foreign language saying;
“Living in a region with Spanish and French speakers, it is important us to be able to communicate with them on all levels for a number of reasons. Where Mandarin is concerned, we recognise that the next 100 years will be the Asian Century and we have to prepare our students to compete, as those countries will be the leaders in most areas.”
He also said that he is pleased with the progress of the Reach for the Stars observatory project where the Caribbean’s third largest telescope built here in the Cayman Islands by Dr. William
Hrudey will soon be installed.
Additionally, UCCI will be introducing a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing next year. Upcoming events include their December holiday offering dubbed “The Christmas Cake”, an adaptation of the short story by Mr Bodden, as well as the 50-50 Caribbean Conference in March 2012, which will feature Sir Ronald Sanders, international consultant, writer and former senior Caribbean Ambassador, and other prominent icons in the region.
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