UCCI gets international accreditation

The University College of the Cayman Islands has been granted international accreditation for the first time in its history. 

UCCI President Roy Bodden said the move was a “giant step forward” for the University College and would help answer critics of the institution. 

“For those who were wondering as to our legitimacy, they need wonder no more,” he said. “The college is now internationally benchmarked for the first time.” 

UCCI was granted accreditation following an inspection and site visit by the U.K.-based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities, known as ASIC. 

The accreditation applies to the institution itself and the inspection covered everything from the physical structure of the college to the qualifications of the staff and the range and quality of the courses offered. 

Mr. Bodden said UCCI is also seeking independent accreditation of its programs.  

Last week, the college’s business programs were granted the status of “candidate for accreditation” with the U.S.-based Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. 

Mr. Bodden said this was the first step in having the courses sanctioned by the international body. 

“It shows that the courses are recognized internationally and that they are valued by employers.”  

He said the nursing and teaching programs were accredited through the University of West Indies, while work was under way to secure accreditation for all programs offered at the college. Mr. Bodden said raising the credibility of UCCI had been part of his remit when he took over as president. He said having the college accredited was an important step. 

“I consider this a milestone,” he said. “I have been here six years and that is what I set out to do. I could not have done it without great faculty and staff. 

“Now we have to maintain it. We have to be re-accredited every four or five years, so we can’t rest on our laurels. To achieve accreditation and have it taken away would be a disgrace.” 

ASIC is an accreditation body for private colleges offering academic, technical and vocational training. The organization has accredited schools all over the world, including in the U.S., India, Malaysia and Botswana, as well as more than 100 private colleges in the U.K.  

Lee Hammond, the inspector who visited Cayman in March, said accreditation is used by the schools for marketing purposes, as well as to bolster credibility.  

Mr. Bodden


UCCI has been granted accreditation by the U.K.-based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY


  1. This is great news for Cayman, now the CIG needs to insure that every hard working student that needs financial help gets it. Adequate Funding should be made available for education, however students should have to earn it. I’d like to see both the public and the private sector support this effort through scholarships, intern programs and tuition reimbursements where students can work for their degrees.

    With all the money being thrown around by the CIG there is no reason to neglect this area. Hell the amount of money spent on consultants and committees could put plenty of kids through school..

  2. I am very delighted to learn of the acheivements of UCCI. I must commend two professors Dr. Allan Young and Dr. Livingston Young among the many who others worked tirelessly to help accomplish this milestone. On the other hand let us not forget that the students are the main focus and they reflect how well the college is doing.