College of The Bahamas Signs MOU With Central State University
The College of The Bahamas has established formal relations with Central State University (CSU), which will permit capacity-development opportunities for faculty and staff, joint research projects and cross-cultural activities to strengthen faculty and student engagement.
Leaders of the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently at a ceremony held at The College’s Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre.
President of CSU Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond welcomed the partnership with The College of The Bahamas.
“We have longed for this day ever since we came here six weeks ago; we knew that we had the potential to have a partnership that’s meaningful for both institutions,” said Dr. Jackson-Hammond who characterized CSU as a transformational institution.
“Everything we do, from the time that we wake up to the time we go to bed, is about transforming the lives of students because we know that if we transform the lives of students, we will transform the lives of families and their communities.”
In February, CSU became a 1890-land grant institution, making it one of two institutions in the state of Ohio to receive an additional federal subvention of $1.3 million per year for the first five years and $2.6 million in subsequent years to promote science, technology, engineering, mathematics and agriculture.
Acting President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Earla Carey-Baines anticipates a rich and vibrant relationship between the College and CSU which are similar in key areas. Many years ago CSU transitioned from college status. It is also attempting to diversify its student population and the majority of those students are pursuing Business courses, much like at The College of The Bahamas.
“We are 40 years old this year and we are extremely proud to be partnering with an historically black university that is as old and as prestigious as Central State University. We have much we can learn from each other,” said Dr. Carey-Baines.
“We want our students to study at home, but we want to give them opportunities to study with and learn from others and we are certain that this partnership with CSU will help us to achieve that goal.”
There will also be opportunities for CSU and other international students to study at The College and experience Bahamian culture once The College has expanded its residence halls at the Oakes Field and Northern Bahamas campuses, as is anticipated under a comprehensive 10-year Master Plan.
“We expect to be able to offer CSU students space in our residence halls, even if only during the summer when they are available, so they will have opportunities to learn from and study with us here in The Bahamas and to experience some of our culture,” the Acting COB President said.
The establishment of exchange programmes with other universities is a strategic priority for The College of The Bahamas – which is transitioning to university status – in order to increase the international exposure of its students and faculty as well as to build its international reputation.