Universities join forces

POSTED: 04/23/15 6:14 PM


Seared from left: Danny Ramchandani (YSM treasurer), Dr. Haldane Davis (executive director UVI), Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet (President USM) and Wycliffe Smith (Vice-President); standing from left: interim-president and dean of academics Francio Guadeloupe, Robert Budike (manager finances and facilities), Marcellia Henry (secretary) and Olga  Mussington-Service (government St. Maarten). Photo Andrew Bishop

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Virgin Islands on Monday that establishes the cooperation between the two universities. Under the banner UVI at USM, the twinning of the two institutions will offer local and regional students the opportunity to earn an American accredited degree.

Within 90 days the memorandum will be worked out in standard operating procedures. The cooperation begins this autumn with an MA in education and the possibility of a BA cohort in Business and Hospitality.

The UCI will offer programs in St. Maarten “in tandem with the demand for such programs” the memorandum states. They will be “of the same standard and quality pf the programs the UVI offers on its existing campuses or online.

USM offers classroom and office space to facilitate the programs.

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