University of The Bahamas was chartered on 10 November 2016 by an Act of Parliament of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. UB had its genesis in the College of The Bahamas which came into effect in 1974 through the amalgamation of four institutions: The Bahamas Teachers’ College, San Salvador Teachers’ College, C.R. Walker Technical College and the sixth form programme of the Government High School.
In February 1977, when the Rt. Hon. Lynden O. Pindling, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, officially opened the College, he foreshadowed that the institution would eventually become the University of The Bahamas: “And after all of this, what will we have? Ten years from now we will have developed the University of The Bahamas….and the College of The Bahamas will have given way to the University of The Bahamas.” With these words, the creation of the University was inevitable.
The institution’s initial academic offerings were limited to associate degrees, certificates and diplomas. Compelled by the mandate to help to develop the human capital necessary to build a more prosperous and competitive Bahamas, the College accelerated its undergraduate programme development and, in the early 1990s, introduced baccalaureate degree programmes in a variety of disciplines including Business, Education, Science and Nursing. At the time of its transition to University of The Bahamas, the College was offering some five bachelor degrees in approximately fifty-five majors.
n June 1995, landmark legislation granted the College full autonomy of its aﬀairs and expanded its mandate. With the passage of this Act, the institution became a corporate entity under the governance of an 11-member Council. The extended mandate and responsibilities necessitated a new organisational structure and gave greater autonomy in the management of operations and finances. It also empowered the institution to seek and receive private funding and changed its financial system from public to private accounting.
During academic year 1997-98, the College brought together a strategic planning task force comprising representatives of all major stakeholders – faculty, staff, students, alumni, leaders from public and private sector organisations and members of the general public – to develop a strategic plan. The plan’s commitments, goals and strategies were intended to initiate formally the momentous journey to university status and to achieve and enhance excellence in the conduct of its core academic mission and other commitments. Revised in 2003, the actions emerging from the plan were to shape the University of The Bahamas.
Recognising the need to develop an infrastructure which would support university status, new offices and departments were established and, in 1998, academic departments were restructured into three faculties covering nine schools with each faculty headed by a Dean. The nomenclature for faculty was changed from lecturer and senior lecturer to assistant professor, associate professor and professor. Generous paid study leave opportunities were introduced so that Bahamian faculty and staff could upgrade their credentials. Also in 1998, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented in Parliament a three-year development plan for the College which included the Government’s commitment to facilitate the transition of the College into a University.
The University of The Bahamas will be the nation’s primary resource for research & innovation and community engagement. It will meet the educational aspirations of its students and nurture their creativity. It will promote the values of learning, leadership and service.
University of The Bahamas is to:
provide education and learning through a variety of patterns, levels and modes of study, and by a diversity of means
promote research and embrace a constantly evolving technological infrastructure consistent with the standard required and expected of a university of the highest standard
foster national, regional and international development by embracing technological
The mission of the University shall be to advance and expand access to higher education, promote academic freedom, drive national development and build character through teaching
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