The Association of  Caribbean Tertiary  Institutions Inc .

Alister McIntyre Building

CARICOM Research Park

University of The West Indies

Cave Hill Campus

St. Michael


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The Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI) Inc was registered and Incorporated on November 8, 1990 in Kingston, Jamaica.

It was established after a series of discussions among Caribbean tertiary institutions during the late 1980’s. Sir Alister McIntyre, then Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), became acutely aware of certain problems faced by most tertiary institutions within the region and urged the need for a mechanism designed to assist in the strengthening of tertiary level institutions and to effect better articulation between their programme offerings and those of the University of the West Indies.


ACTI’s Vision is to be the ‘catalyst’ for  networking tertiary institutions, focusing on the effectiveness, relevance and quality of tertiary education in the region


To engage all stakeholders in tertiary education, regionally and internationally, for the continued enhancement and development of tertiary education, its services and member institutions; and to provide technical support for all regional tertiary institutions


Challenges to Caribbean Education in a Borderless Society -  Guyana 2005


Leadership Development and Succession Planning to build Tertiary Education to support an Emergent CSME – Jamaica 2006


Improving Access to Tertiary Education Across the Caribbean – Cayman Islands 2007


Contact Us (246) 417 0203

Through the generosity of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, ACTI’s Secretariat is based at this Campus.

For further information, please

contact the ACTI Secretariat at:  

The Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions Inc.

Alister McIntyre Building

CARICOM Research Park

University of The West Indies

Cave Hill Campus

St. Michael


Phone: (246) 417-0203/417-4495

Facsimile: (246) 417-0202




Harmonization and Articulation of Associate Degree Programmes to be Offered by Regional/National  Community Colleges.

The Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions Inc (ACTI) is pleased to apprise you of our Caribbean Development Bank funded project: Harmonization and Articulation of Associate Degree Programmes to be offered by Regional National/Community Colleges. As most of you are aware this project was developed in response to the growing need for greater synergy between the training needs of the Caribbean economy and society and the programmes offered by regional tertiary level institutions.

The project involves all the tertiary institutions in the region. Programme Articulation through the harmonization of curricula will undoubtedly facilitate a major concern of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the free movement of workers within the region, allowing recognition and portability of qualifications as graduates move throughout the region. The project was fully implemented by 2012 and comprises four phases:

A number of colleges will be graduating students from the courses offered under the project. As a result, it is now time to evaluate the programmes and identify those which have worked well and those which need to be revamped. From information garnered over the period, Modern Languages seem to be the least subscribed course. A letter has been sent to institutions in a bid to ascertain why more colleges are not piloting the Modern Languages. To date only a few institutions have responded to the inquiry form which was emailed. The courses are as follows:

Auto Repairs and Engineering Technology

 Montego Bay Community College

This was piloted in September 2010. Montego Bay Community College now has a second cohort which is triple the number which started initially and will be graduating its first batch in November.

Samuel Jackman  Prescod Polytechnic.  The programme was expected to be piloted  in August 2012.  This programme would be piloted by the Barbados Community College and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. SJPP only has mandate to pilot at the certificate level.   A letter was written to the Ministry of Education in order to seek permission for Barbados Community College to pilot part of the programme.An update from Mr. Belle is anticipated.

Excelsior Community has been piloting the programme since September 2012 and is currently advertising the programmes in the newspapers.

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College started piloting in September 2012. The Executive Officer shared the course outlines that are being used at the Montego Bay Community College.

The Auto Repairs programme is also now being offered by the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica.

Modern Languages

Dominica State College has been piloting since September 2012. However, there was no response to the status request which was made. Follow up will be done after the conference.

Information and Communication Technology

Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College started piloting in January 2012 and will be submitting their report subsequent to the conference on the status of the programme.

University College of the Cayman Islands commenced pilot in September 2011 and now have a cohort which will be graduating in November 2013.

Excelsior Community College has been piloting since September 2012. They are currently advertising the programmes in the newspapers)

A new meeting is to be convened at the earliest possible time in the new semester to evaluate the programmes. Some of the schools piloting have completed the pilot and have graduated students. The members of the committees should meet as soon as possible with a representative of the Caribbean Development Bank, as well as lecturers and students to evaluate the programmes and inform the way forward. Members of the committees include:

Accreditation, Equivalency and Articulation:

Mr. Perry George; Prof Vivienne Roberts; Dr. Duranda Greene; Dr. Gladstone Best

Programme and Institutional Development Committee

Mrs. Jennifer Isaacs Dotson; Dr. Karl Dawson; Dr. Donald Peters; Mr. Seibert Adamson