UVI entered into a MOU with the University of St. Martin (USM) on April 21, 2015 to formalize their commitment to collaborate to offer quality career and academic education that will provide students with a solid foundation to enter the workforce.
According to the agreement, UVI will establish an extension campus on USM, which will be called "UVI at USM." The UVI at USM Campus will offer the same standard of quality education offered on all of UVI's campuses.
USM will provide classroom and office space for UVI to establish a physical presence in St. Martin, for purposes of establishing UVI at USM, and for offering regular and cohort driven undergraduate and graduate degree programs for persons unable to attend UVI in the Virgin Islands. Qualified USM faculty will be considered for adjunct faculty roles where sustainable.
In accordance with the agreement, UVI and USM will work to ensure students can transfer or transfer credit to either institution seamlessly. USM will also allow UVI stand-alone recruitment opportunities with USM seniors.
Additionally, both institutions have agreed to engage in joint recruitment activities and students will have the option of joint enrollment in academic programs that will lead to dual degrees in specific programs. UVI will also assist students in planning their education prior to enrolling in courses.
UVI and USM will collaborate on projects and information transfer in several areas, including, educational sciences, alternative energy, entrepreneurship, conservation and fisheries, educational and psychological research, institutional and student learning outcomes and health disparities. The MOU is for a period of five years.
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