St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College students. (IWN file photo)

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College and Canada’s Humber College have signed a partnership agreement.

The agreement will see Canada’s Humber College allowing holders of the Community College’s Associate Degree in business studies to join the second year of Humber’s Bachelor of Commerce Programmes in hospitality and tourism management marketing, supply chain management, fashion management, management studies and digital business management.

Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves made the disclosure in his Budget Address on Feb. 5.

“A quick check of the current annual fees for year one for international students at Humber College indicates that Vincentian Community College Graduates who skip the first year will save between EC$31,885 and EC$34,515 at today’s exchange rates, to say nothing of living expenses,” the minister said.

“Students, the next time someone tells you that your associate degree isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, tell them that Humber College, a quality tertiary institution, values that degree at over $30,000. Similar agreements exist with the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology, and Monroe College, among others,” he said.

The opposition New Democratic Party had criticised the associate degree programme at the SVGCC, saying that it was not accredited.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations on such a good move for the young minds of svg, I hope they take full advantage of this opportunity.

  2. So, let me get this straight. Two years at the SVGCC is equivalent to one year at a non-university like Humber College that has no business even handing out Bachelor’s degrees.

  3. Like similar institutions all around the world, including our own medical schools, attracting offshore students who pay much higher fees than local students is a big money maker for Humber College.

    Nothing wrong with that, I guess, although it does encourage a race to the bottom, especially when the students admitted have been rejected by better home-based schools.

  4. I’m curious as to what these “better home based schools” are that “rejected” students who pursue studies at “Humber college that has no business even handing out Bachelor degrees”. Smfh… if people want to go away to study and can afford it who are you to trash their decision? It’s considerably better than sitting about idly and involving in criminal activity… ain’t like they showing up to knock your door when tuition is due.

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