The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) is Jamaica’s largest privately held higher educational institution providing students with world class educational programmes offered by highly qualified and trained local and international faculty.
The University has its main campus in Kingston, Jamaica. It was formed in 2004, following a merger in 2002 of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), incorporated in 1992 and the Institute of Management & Production (IMP), incorporated in 1976. The new, expanded institution remains one of the fastest growing institutions in the country as well as in the Caribbean region.
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean is institutionally accredited by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the official accreditation body for tertiary education in Jamaica. This accreditation positions UCC as one of only four universities, among the eighty public and private tertiary institutions that have been registered by the UCJ, to have achieved this significant and decisive accreditation status. The University was also awarded international institutional accreditation in 2016 and has earned Premier status from the UK-based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC).
The UCC is also the only local university to be officially recognised as an affiliate institution of the University of London (UOL) for the purpose of providing tutorial support for both the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law, and the Bachelor of Laws degree programme in Jamaica.
The institution currently provides professional certificate, diploma, associate, bachelor, postgraduate, masters and doctoral degree programmes, as well as customised corporate training programmes in Jamaica. Disciplines include Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Marketing, Hospitality Management, Business, Finance, and Business Administration among many others.
UCC also currently partners with several international higher education institutions such as the Florida International University (FIU), the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the University of London (UOL), the University of Sunderland (UoS) in the cases of the DBA and DProf doctoral programmes, Coursera Inc, Udemy Inc, EdX Inc and through UCC Global, a partnership with the University of Arizona, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona to provide a number of its specialised/professional international certificates, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programmes.
The University has seven physical campuses across the island in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville and May Pen; accompanied by UCC Online; and an enrolment averaging 7,000 students annually inclusive of online learning, from the certificate to the doctoral levels. The student population consists predominantly of working adults and includes graduates in supervisory, management and other leadership positions in several of the leading private sector corporations and public sector institutions, within Jamaica and the Caribbean, increasingly combined with high school graduates, under the Government of Jamaica’s K-13 programme.