University Consortium of Small Island States (UCSIS)
Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The mission of the University Consortium of Small Island States is to enhance graduate education institutions in Small Island States by facilitating the development of the capacity needed to implement the Barbados Programme of Action.Our Objectives:Improved information flow among members on courses offered, facilities, student needs and relevant documents.Cooperative curriculum development, research, indigenous knowledge management and outreach in the key areas of sustainable development of SIDS by supporting resilience building for sustainable development.Research findings and reference materials shared.Results of SIDS-focused research and field work are used to assemble curricula relevant to island developmentInter-institutional accreditation among Members.Sustainability of the Consortium is ensured by securing appropriate funding to support its activitiesThe University Consortium of Small Island States intends to support:Climate Change and Sea Level RiseEnergy ResourcesFreshwater ResourcesLand ResourcesTourism ResourcesBiodiversity ResourcesCultureHealthManagement of WasteScience and TechnologyTransport and CommunicationCoastal and Marine ResourcesNatural Hazards and Environmental DisastersNational and Regional Enabling EnvironmentsImplementation of the SIDS Programme of ActionKnowledge Management and Information for Decision MakingSustainable Capacity Development and Education for Sustainable Development(source: http://www.uwi.edu/isd/affiliatedunits/univconsort.aspx)

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Partners:University of Malta; University of Mauritius; University of the South Pacific; University of the Virgin Islands; University of the West Indies. Sponsors: Government of Spain
Resources devoted to implementation
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Hans THULSTRUP, h.thulstrup@unesco.org

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