TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks (center), along with (from left);
President of Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Lincoln Edwards and WAU President Dr. Weymouth Spence, sign a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between both Universities, in Washington D.C. on Thursday, January 31. Looking on
(from L to R) are, President of NCU Alumni Association – Atlanta Chapter, Mr. Fabian Rose;
President of NCU Alumni Association – South Florida Chapter, Paul Anderson; President NCU Alumni Association – Washington D.C. Chapter,
Dr. Roo McKenzie; NCU Director University Advancement and Alumni Relations, Pastor Bylton Clarke; Founder of The Morris Entrepreneur of
NCU, Dr. Milton Morris; Dr. Bertram Melbourne, and Professor of Biblical Language and Lecturer at Howard University, School of Divinity.
Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and Washington Adventist University (WAU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen academic collaboration between the two institutions. Under the agreement, the nursing program at NCU will see its enrollment moving from 110 to 1,000 students yearly.
Under the terms of the agreement signed by the principals, students will do their first year at NCU and complete the next three years of the BSN program at WAU, providing they satisfy the necessary standards and agree to a bond, upon graduation.
NCU President, Dr. Lincoln Edwards and WAU President, Dr. Weymouth Spence signed the agreement at the conclusion of a two-day conference at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington D.C. on Thursday, January 31.
While endorsing the program, President of NCU, Dr. Lincoln Edwards said the educational exchange, will provide greater opportunity for students to further their education and pursue their dreams. It will also give NCU the ability to increase enrollment in its Nursing Program which will, in the long run, enhance Jamaica’s healthcare system. “Today’s signing is a landmark day for NCU and WAU, as we have now joined forces, which will redound to the benefit of our students and Jamaica.” He added, the MOU between NCU and WAU will provide tuition and accommodation to students who matriculate and after completion, they will be bonded.
WAU President Dr. Weymouth Spence says his university was pleased to join force with NCU to strengthen academic collaboration and expand educational opportunities. “We are further gratified that under the MOU students from Jamaica will have the opportunity under the Nursing Program to benefit from our academics,” he said.
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks who brokered the agreement and witnessed the signing, said the MOU between both universities fits in with the government’s objectives of full employment in finding ways in expanding opportunities for the Jamaican people.
“My desire is to see an expansion of opportunities for Jamaicans where they can come to work overseas and go back to their homeland with added experience to given back to their country,” the Ambassador said.
Ambassador Marks said this is a wonderful way of affording the opportunity for training and employment for 800 more Jamaicans.
Jamaica’s envoy to the United States added that for Jamaica to advance to a first world status by 2030, the percentage of the population having tertiary education should move to 50%. She said this could be done if the country effectively utilizes the resources that are available in the United States and throughout the diaspora.