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The Best Universities in Jamaica by Crystal Holness
Jamaica is home to some of the finest tertiary education facilities in the Caribbean which provide students with an excellent opportunity for educational advancement in a wide selection of academic and professional programmes.
The following institutions represent some of the island's finest.
Founded in 1948, and is is distinguished as one of the first universities in Jamaica, the University of the West Indies or UWI, now boasts an enrolment of 11 000 students. It has its main campus in the part of Kingston known as Mona.
A second campus in Montego Bay gives students in western Jamaica access to many of the same world-class undergraduate and graduate programmes available at the Mona campus.
The focus on the majority of courses here is how the material being taught pertains to contemporary Caribbean society.
Scholarships, grants, and financial aid are available to eligible applicants.
First opening its doors in 1958, the Papine campus of the University of Technology Jamaica in Kingston offers its student body of more than 10, 000 a large selection of over 100 part-time and full-time programmes in various disciplines at the certificate, diploma, undergraduate, and post-graduate levels.
This school also emphasizes the importance of hands-on, practical learning in today's career marketplace.
Bursaries, grants, scholarships, and financial aid are available to students who are eligible.
They have also opened a campus in Western Jamaica
This liberal-arts tertiary educational centre owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church first opened in 1907, functioning as first a secondary school, then a college, and in 1999 it was granted status as a university by the Government of Jamaica.
Located just outside of Mandeville, the capital of Manchester parish, this facility offers a selection of undergraduate and graduate programmes for its multi-national student body of nearly 6000 pupils.
The NCU also has several learning centers across the country, including Western Jamaica.
As one of the island's newest and largest private tertiary educational facilities, the University College of the Caribbean provides access to both local and international programmes at the certificate and baccalaureate levels through its partnership with such reputable institutions as Florida International University and London University.
This Kingston based school is fully accredited by the University Council of Jamaica. Several satellite campuses make it possible for those in other parishes outside of the Kingston area to attend many of the same programmes offered at the main campus.
Take a look at their site for more information: http://www.ucc.edu.jm/
Guess what? Oh yes, I ran into a video showing a campus tour of the University Of The West Indies (Mona) Jamaica. Check it out below. Just click the PLAY button and watch.