At the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean Global, online learning doesn’t try to replicate a traditional classroom setting. We realize today’s students need the flexibility to balance education with everything else in their lives at a pace that works. We know there’s a different path for everyone, so our courses are designed to put you on track to meet your goals. UCC Global's online programs can help you clear the obstacles standing between you and your career. And with 24/7 access to the online classroom, you can complete your coursework when it’s convenient for you.
The institution has its headquarters in Kingston Jamaica. It was formed in 2004 as a result of the merger in 2002 of the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS) incorporated in 1992 and the Institute of Management & Production (IMP) incorporated in 1976. The newly expanded institution remains one of the fastest-growing institutions in the country as well as in the Caribbean region.
The institution currently offers professional certificate, diploma, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, as well as customized corporate training programs in Jamaica. Disciplines include Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Marketing, Hospitality Management, Business, Finance, and Business Administration among many others.
UCC Global also currently partners with several international institutions such as the Florida International University (FIU), the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the University of London (UOL), University of Sunderland (UoS), Coursera Inc, Udemy Inc & EdX Inc to provide a number of specialized/professional international certificates, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.
Finally, the University has six (6) campuses across the island inclusive of locations in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville, and May Pen; and an enrollment averaging 7,000 students annually inclusive of online learning. The student population consists predominately 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.
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean seeks to provide broad-based educational opportunities through partnerships, flexible delivery modes, and access to finance, in an environment where high standards, truth, respect, and the dignity of the person are embraced.
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean is committed to preparing students to become exceptional business and community leaders, innovators, and scholars in a caring and intellectually stimulating academic environment. All community members are valued, respected, and challenged to embrace excellence, integrity, and social responsibility.
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean is registered with and recognised by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the national accreditation and external quality assurance body for higher education, as a University College. Registration and recognition mean that UCC is accredited to offer academic, vocational, technical, and professional programmes and to confer awards ranging from certificates to the graduate level. The University focuses primarily on teaching and the transmission of knowledge, supported by research, professional and community service.
Registration with the University Council of Jamaica speaks to a rigorous and continuous internal quality assurance system and framework that will assure our institution, our students and other stakeholders that awards given in UCC’s name satisfy best practice international standards and that students have appropriate opportunities within an enabling environment to meet those standards. The institution will be ever mindful that policies, procedures, systems, structures and infrastructure within UCC adequately support the delivery of courses and programmes, including through the online and blended modes of delivery.
UCC has achieved institutional accreditation from the UCJ.
In turn, the UCC is the only institution that is registered with and recognized by the University of London, which is accredited by the United Kingdom’s Quality Assurance Agency, to offer the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law, the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Master of Laws (LLM) degree programmes in Jamaica. UCC also offers several graduate degree programmes in partnership with Florida International University, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in the United States of America, as well as by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean is 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), are affiliates of ENQA (European Network for Quality Assurance) and are institutional members of EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network).
In general, registration, recognition and especially accreditation reassures students and other stakeholders that the University represents a good choice, and that enrolled students will be provided with professional teaching, a positive learning experience, and will have the opportunity to earn valuable qualifications.
UCC has also been designated as the sole provider of Fortinet Internet Security Training within Jamaica.
Local & International Membership
In 1996 IMS, a subsidiary of the UCC began forming some unique local and international alliances that became integral to its success in Jamaica. The following list details all current institutions and bodies the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean has membership with.
|The American Council on Education (ACE)||The American Council on Education (ACE) is the United States' most influential, respected, and visible higher education association. ACE represents nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and the executives at related associations, and are the only major higher education association to represent all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions|
|The International Association for University Presidents (IAUP)||The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions around the world. Membership is limited to those individuals who serve as presidents, rectors or vice-chancellors at regionally accredited colleges or universities.|
|The Commonwealth & OAS Consortia of Universities||The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization. The Organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development.|
|The Jamaica Association of Private Tertiary Institutions (JAPTIs)||Founded in 2012, The Jamaica Association of Private Tertiary Institutions (JAPTIs) is a consortium of Jamaican over 30 private tertiary educational institutions.|
|The Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI)||ACTI’s mission is to engage all stakeholders in tertiary education, regionally and internationally, for the continued enhancement and development of tertiary education, its services and member institutions; and to provide technical support for all regional tertiary institutions|
|The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ)||The PSOJ was established in 1976. It is a national organisation of private sector associations, companies and individuals working together to promote a competitive and productive private sector.|
|The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC)||The primary (mission) of the Chamber is to ensure the most favourable environment for the effective and profitable operation of businesses. Considerable emphasis is placed on projects which will enhance the development of the wider community.|
|American Chambers of Commerce of Jamaica||American Chambers of Commerce of Jamaica is affiliated to the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America (COCUSA) in Washington DC, the largest federated business organization in the world, with offices in 65 countries. AMCHAMs work closely with the government of the host country, to facilitate investment and trade.|
|Quality International Study Abroad Network (QISAN)||UCC is an institutional member of Quality International Study Abroad Network (QISAN). QISAN members demonstrate professional and ethical practice in recruitment and delivery of high quality and relevant programmes of study. QISAN members must also demonstrate a caring and supportive attitude to students as well as having a strict code of discipline regarding attendance and study practices.|