Northern Caribbean University

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Northern Caribbean University
Logo of ncu.jpg
Motto Ubi Semper Discimus – (Where learning never ends)
Type Private
Established 1907
President Lincoln Edwards, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Students 5,993[2]
Location Mandeville, Kingston, Montego Bay, Runaway Bay
Campus 200 acres (0.81 km2)[3]
Colours Blue & Yellow
Northern Caribbean University is located in Jamaica
Northern Caribbean University
Northern Caribbean University

Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is a private, liberal-arts institution owned and operated by the Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU) and the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) of Seventh-day Adventists, and is located in Jamaica. With its main campus only 2 miles south of Mandeville town, in Manchester, and three other campuses situated in Kingston, Montego Bay and Salem Runaway Bay, St. Ann, this university offers a number of professional, pre-professional and vocational programmes in a spiritually wholesome and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Established in 1907, NCU currently enjoys an average yearly enrolment of over five thousand students, from up to 35 countries, and is the world’s largest English speaking Seventh-day Adventist tertiary institution. [2]

It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[4][5][6][7]


Northern Caribbean University is the oldest private tertiary institution in Jamaica, and was first known as West Indian Training School. It began with 8 students in 1907, as an institution offering courses only up to the twelfth grade. Following a temporary closure in 1913 it resumed operations in 1919. In 1936 it was renamed West Indian Training College. As its offerings developed to include theology, teacher education, secretarial science, business, and natural sciences, it became a junior college. It achieved senior college status in the late 1950s when it began to offer the bachelor's degree in Theology and was renamed West Indies College in 1959. Since then, baccalaureate programmes in some twenty other disciplines have been added. In 1999 the college was granted university status by the Jamaican Government, and was renamed Northern Caribbean University. Currently the university offers graduate and post-graduate programs in the sciences, religion, business and education. [3]

Hyacinth Chen Nursing School[edit]

The Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing was officially opened on the 10th of August 2008 on a location directly across from the Northern Caribbean University campus across from NCU's Dental Centre located in Mandeville, Jamaica.

The school is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica. The school is being named in honour of Mrs. Hyacinth Chen, the mother of major donor, Michael Lee-Chin, Jamaican/Canadian businessman.

The school will hold 800 nursing students and will reduce Jamaica's nursing shortage. [8]


The university gained global exposure in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition of 2007 where members of the school's Computer and Information Sciences department competing as Team ICAD took 3rd place.[9]

NCU was crowned regional champions in 2005, 2007, and 2009. In 2007, NCU Imagine Cup Team ICAD represented Jamaica and the region at the world finals in South Korea where it outclassed competitors from across the globe to place 3rd in the world.[10]


The university hosts a local research centre of the Ellen G. White Estate.[11]

Historic buildings[edit]

Several buildings on the NCU site have been declared as National Historic Sites by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, including Rose Cottage and the school's chapel.[12][13]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About NCU.
  2. ^ a b Northern Caribbean University - Fast Facts About NCU
  3. ^ a b Northern Caribbean University - About Us
  4. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  8. ^ Hyacinth Chen Nursing School
  9. ^ "Jamaica Imagine Cup team places third". Jamaica Gleaner. August 11, 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  10. ^ News - Northern Caribbean University (NCU) .: Mandeville, Jamaica W.I. - 1-876-962-2204
  11. ^ "International Research Centres". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jamaica National Heritage Trust - List of Declared Sites & Monuments". JNHT. 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  13. ^ "Jamaica National Heritage Trust - Northern Caribbean University". JNHT. 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  14. ^ Whyte, Kimberly (2008-12-21). "NCU choir shines in the US". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  15. ^ Shakespeare-Blackmore, Keisha (2011-03-07). "Dr Patrece Charles-Freeman Expands Her Role". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 

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Coordinates: 18°00′58″N 77°29′56″W / 18.016°N 77.499°W / 18.016; -77.499