About ucc

The Broos Institute has partnered with the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, to pursue impactful projects for academic, research, study abroad/exchanges and collaborations. These Projects include, initially, a physical presence in the Netherlands via a UCC extension campus for in-person, hybrid, and online learning degree programs of study (BA, MA, and PhD), certificates, courses of multiple lengths, and master classes.

UCC is registered as a University College by the University Council of Jamaica, is Jamaica’s largest, fastest-growing, non-affiliated private institution of higher education, and is now one of five higher education entities with the accolade of institutional accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica.

UCC is also institutionally accredited internationally by the UK-based Accreditation Service for Independent Colleges and Universities.

This is a first of its kind collaboration, that explores bringing fully decolonized education to Europe, much like the HBCU’s of the US of America. Programs may include African and African diaspora-centered studies, such as Afro European Studies, Afro Theology, Psychology of Descendants of Enslaved Africans, Inclusion and Diversity in Journalism, Dance and Music of Africa and the African diaspora.  

UCC is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, with seven physical campuses and UCC Online. UCC was formed in 2004, as a result of a merger in 2002 of the Institute of Management Sciences, which was incorporated in 1992, and the Institute of Management and Production, which was incorporated in 1976.

UCC offers a range of disciplines, from the professional certificate to the Doctoral levels. The University currently has approximately 7,000 students, and some 400 faculty and staff members, including part-time and full-time academic staff. Throughout its history, UCC has been characterized by dynamic entrepreneurialism and international university partnerships. These partnerships include the University of London – UCC is the only local university to be recognized as an affiliate University of London institution, for the purpose of providing support to Jamaican students enrolled in the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law, and the Bachelor of Laws degree program.

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean has also partnered with Florida International University since the beginning of the 21st Century, in offering various degree programs – now the Professional Master’s degree in Business Administration, and the Master of Science in Engineering Management. In addition, UCC has licensed the CEMBA and the CEMPA Master’s degree programs from the Commonwealth of Learning and offers the DBA as well as the Doctorate in Professional Studies in partnership with the University of Sunderland, as the awarding body.

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) is registered with and recognised by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the official accreditation body for tertiary education in Jamaica, as a University College. The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean has since achieved institutional accreditation by the UCJ. This positions the UCC as one of only five institutions, of the eighty public & private tertiary institutions that have been registered by the UCJ, to have achieved this significant & decisive accreditation status.

UCC is registered by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC).

The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean is also accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). The University has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice and will also help a school, college, university, training provider or distance education provider, demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high quality institution. ASIC is recognised by UKVI in UK, is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) in USA and is listed in their International Directory, is a member of the BQF (British Quality Foundation) and are institutional members of EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network).

UCC is the only official Affiliate/Recognised institution of the University of London (UOL) to offer the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law and the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees in Jamaica.

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