University of The Bahamas ‘System’ Would Have Campuses Throughout the Country

In his presentation of the Bill to establish the University of The Bahamas (UOB), July 13, 2016 in the House of Assembly, Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald emphasized that the UOB Bill is drafted with “the future in mind” and incorporates the concept of a national University for the entire country — one that will not be Nassau-centric institution.

He noted the Board of Trustees will be authorized to approve the creation and establishment of Colleges under the umbrella of the University of The Bahamas System.

“This Bill is more than a Bill to establish the University but a Bill to allow for the growth and expansion of the University throughout our islands to – it is hoped – eventually reach every Bahamian boy and girl, every father and mother throughout our nation.

“The entire country will be seen as the campus for the University of The Bahamas.  As we speak, the administrators on the main campus, although located in the capital, meet weekly, via video-conference, with administrative staff from all campuses including Grand Bahama in the north and San Salvador in the south.

“These campuses will grow and blossom into Colleges that will attract students and faculty both nationally and internationally to live and study while contributing to the economic and social growth of the entire community,” he said.

Furthermore, the University will aim to strengthen its relationship with the Island School in South Eleuthera, while further expanding its presence in Sustainable Development Studies in Exuma.   The Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Sciences Institute will fall under the administrative structure of the UOB, with its academic component becoming the University of The Bahamas’ College of Agriculture and Marine Sciences.

According to Minister Fitzgerald, the transformation to University status will also result in improvements in academics, service, infrastructure and financial management.

“These improvements coupled with our Government’s more than doubling its investment in scholarships since 2011 from $7.75 million to $16.2 million in 2016, give us an enhanced capacity to ensure quality education for our people, especially our young people, to empower them to reach higher, and to contribute to the national development of our nation,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

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