The government of China has endorsed the degree and diploma programs offered by the Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica.
China's Ministry of Education recently announced that the institution was among a list of foreign universities to which it granted official recognition. The information was posted on their website and officially conveyed in a letter from the Chinese Embassy in Kingston.
Jamaica's Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, said this was a significant development which will attract more students from beyond Jamaica's shores. "On the one hand, this supports our thrust for EduTourism and the earning of valuable foreign exchange and funds for further institutional development," he said. "It also suggests international acceptance and allows graduates to work in China or Chinese firms and globally."
The minister also sees the move as further promoting Jamaica as a destination for international higher education. "Our aim is to position a liberal higher education sector that contributes to our prosperity agenda," Reid added.
The Kingston-based Caribbean Maritime University is the region’s premier center for tertiary maritime education, training, research and consultancy.
It was established in 1980 as the Jamaica Maritime Training Institute – a joint initiative between the governments of Jamaica and Norway – before expanding to become the Caribbean Maritime Institute (recently upgraded to Caribbean Maritime University).