Government-sponsored tertiary education in the Cayman Islands began in 1975 when the Community College was established as a part-time institution. From 1976 to 1981 three other institutions – the Trade School, the Hotel School and the Marine School – were founded. These schools were located at different sites and were supervised either by the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Tourism and Labour.
In 1985, the Government of the Cayman Islands decided to centralise the administration of all public post-secondary educational institutions on the islands. The Hotel Training School, the Marine & Trade Training School and the Secretarial/Business Studies Section of the Sixth Form of the Cayman Islands High School were amalgamated to form the Community College of the Cayman Islands.
In 1987, by an Act of the Legislative Assembly, the College was established as a semi- autonomous post-secondary educational institution. Subsequently, in 2004, by another Act of the Legislative Assembly, the name of the institution was changed from the Community College of the Cayman Islands to the University College of the Cayman Islands.
• A clear vision in which academic ambitions are the cornerstone of all planning
• Applied research initiatives, combining individual scholarship with focus, critical mass and thematic areas of activity
• A diverse, socially representative and able student population experiencing an education that is intellectually demanding and providing skills relevant to the global marketplace
• Internationally competitive and profiled
• Collaborative – locally, nationally and internationally
• A mutually supportive and equal working environment in which all staff feel their needs are recognised and their contribution valued and rewarded
• Staff who are united by shared values and common goals
• Co-operation with students to provide the best environment for their education and well being
• Growth in all program areas including plans for postgraduate studies
• Increased financial independence
• Decision-making that is consultative, transparent, inclusive and well communicated
• An organisational structure that collocates decision-making, financial control, administration and accountability
UCCI is an institution of higher learning that contributes to the Caymanian society by advancing knowledge and developing creative graduates, and through its cultural, social, economic and environmental activities. “We will admit all students with the potential and passion to learn. We will challenge students intellectually and prepare them for life in the global marketplace.”