Government-sponsored tertiary education in the Cayman Islands began
in 1975 when the Community College was established as a part-time
institution. From 1976 to 1981 three other institutions - the Trade
School, the Hotel School and the Marine School - were founded. These
schools were located at different sites and were supervised either
by the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Tourism and Labour.
In 1985, the Government of the Cayman Islands decided to centralise
the administration of all public post-secondary educational institutions
on the islands. The Hotel Training School, the Marine & Trade
Training School and the Secretarial/Business Studies Section of
the Sixth Form of the Cayman Islands High School were amalgamated
to form the Community College of the Cayman Islands.
In 1987, by an Act of the Legislative Assembly, the College was
established as a semi-autonomous post-secondary educational institution.
In 2004, by an act of the Legislative Assembly, the name of the
institution was changed from the Community College of the Cayman
Islands to the University College of the Cayman Islands.
Governance of the College, as stipulated in the Community College
Law, 1987, and in subsequent revisions of 2004, is the responsibility
of a Board of Governors and an Academic and Advisory Committee.