The Dominica State College (DSC) has entered into partnership with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) through which Dominican students will have the opportunity to enroll in a number of programs.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed by DSC President, Dr. Donald Peters in Maryland on Tuesday 17 May 2016 will result in student and faculty exchanges; research partnerships and the facilitation for the exchange of scholarly information between the two institutions; a press release from his office issued on Tuesday 24 May 2016 stated.
Dominica’s Ambassador to the OAS, Hubert Charles, who is stationed in Washington, accompanied Dr. Peters to the University to witness the signing of the MOU.
The release quoted Dr. Peters saying, “These are just a few of the many benefits that will derive from this historic agreement between our institutions.”
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a university within the Maryland Public Higher Education System and it is also a Land Grant Institution funded by the US Federal Government.
Dr Peters said therefore the university is ideally suited to help the DSC and Dominica, by helping provide the kind of academic programs that will prepare Dominica students as professionals in the country’s two major industries; Agriculture and Tourism.
DSC students will be able to transfer into programs such as Animal and Poultry Science, Plant and Soil science, Urban Forestry, Agribusiness and Agriculture Education.
At the Department of Human Ecology, students will receive training in Family and Consumer Science, Child Development, Dietetics and Fashion Merchandising; the Division of Technology will offer degrees in Construction Management Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology; while the Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management, will prepare students for Bachelor’s Degrees in Hotel Management, Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts and Travel and Tourism.
In the press release, Dr. Peters expressed appreciation of DSC’s ability to continue to partner with international universities in seeking opportunities for Dominican students to further their education in areas not available here.
“The University of Maryland at Eastern Shore is a historically strong university in the areas of Agriculture, Hospitality and Technology; it is accredited by the Middle States Association of College and Schools and I feel fortunate and pleased to have the DSC associated with such a strong and distinctive institution.”
While in Maryland, Dr. Peters met with Dr. Alton Thompson the Provost of the University together with other Vice Presidents and Division Heads.
It is expected that in the future President of UMES, Dr. Juliette Bell will visit the DSC to meet with the Board of Governors, Faculty, students and staff.
Dominican born Gabriel Christian, a member of the Board of Visitors of that University, was instrumental in working with Dr. Peters and the UMES administration to facilitate this agreement.
Dr. Caleb Nindo, a food scientist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore while at the launch of Chocolat de la Dominique here on Thursday 19 May 2016 spoke of the university’s interest in aiding the agricultural sector.
“Indeed we are coming to start anything; you have already done, things that are amazing…so we would like to partner with these institutions here in Dominica to be able to process the fruits, the vegetables that go to waste.”
The signing of the MOU, Dr Nindo added, allows for the move “in terms of having the raw product to the processed product that you can take to the market”.
Dr. Nindo, along with nutritionist and nutrition educator Dhruti Patel-Davis, also of the university, facilitated a food preservation workshop at the Dominica Grammar School on Saturday21 May 2016.