The partnership was initiated at an international conference on the theme of Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty in Small Island States at the University of Bristol in July 2014. The objective of this partnership is to support a wider global process of learning from the sharp end experience of SIDS in dealing with environmental uncertainty and climate change through developing a wide and inclusive network of post-secondary and tertiary education institutions, specialists, and international organisations.
The UCSIS, with the support of UNDESA and the Government of Spain developed an online Master of Science course on Sustainable Development which will be launched in 2014. The degree is targeted for students from UCSIS member universities and is supported by an IT platform developed for the universities under the project. Building on this success, the UCSIS will design a joint research programme to develop solutions to key development issues affecting Small Island States. The programme will involve universities within the UCSIS and the Caribbean Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Small I...[more]
CRMI aims to provide a platform for sharing the experiences and lessons learned between different sectors, languages and cultural groups across the Caribbean in order to facilitate improved disaster risk reduction.The program's expected overall impacts are: •Greater awareness among Caribbean actors in climate risk management of the diverse sources of expertise in their region.•More systematic collaboration among institutions from various Caribbean countries on climate risk management activities.•Identification of and dissemination of best practices in the Caribbean which can potentially ...[more]
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 mater...[more]