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The College of The Bahamas Cape Eleuthera Institute Fosters Education and Research


MOU Signing
Founder and Executive Director of The Island School Christopher Maxey and President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Besty Vogel-Boze sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

21 November 2013

Research and education are expected to flourish under a new collaboration involving The College of The Bahamas and the Cape Eleuthera Institute, a living laboratory of sustainability under the auspices of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation.

The two entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for The College of The Bahamas Cape Eleuthera Institute, under which COB students and faculty will be able to put their expertise to work in the quaint community in Eleuthera.

The agreement provides scholarships for COB Education majors to complete their student teaching practicum at the Deep Creek Middle School and for other COB students to complete a semester-long research internship at the research institute. It also paves the way for collaborative research opportunities with scholars at the institute and COB faculty and the inclusion of accepted research papers in The College's International Journal of Bahamian Studies.


Collaborative Effort
From Left: Dr. Ruth Sumner, Dean, Faculty of Social and Educational Studies; Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, Chair of The School of Education and Dr. Joanna Paul, Director of Educational Initiatives and Advancement, Deep Creek Middle School and The Island School.

The Cape Eluthera Institute is one of four entities funded through the Cape Eleuthera Foundation which also supports the Deep Creek Middle School; the Island School; and Cape Systems, that performs sustainable systems installations around the island.

"In my first year at COB, we became only the 5th international signer of the University President's Climate Commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. We look to the Island School as a model for learning how to do this right! ," said COB President Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze. "As we continue on our journey to become a university, we encourage our faculty to perform more collaborative research and encourage the government to consider The College a place where they can turn to for research and advice."

The agreement creates the platform to foster an even more robust platform of research and education.

"'The Cape Eleuthera Institute is a facility that promotes a connection between people and the environment.' Now, that connection will extend even deeper to the Bahamian people through The College of The Bahamas," Dr. Boze said.


In Conversation
From Left: Eric Carey, Executive Director of The Bahamas National Trust; Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze President of The College of The Bahamas and Christopher Maxey, Founder and Executive Director of The Island School.

Founder and Executive Director of The Island School, Christopher Maxey, was pleased to solidify the partnership with The College of The Bahamas.

"I am proud to now officially have a bridge to The College and I know it will bring more opportunities for young, future Bahamian leadership," he said.

The Island School teaches lessons in ecologically sound areas - aquaponics and open ocean aquaculture; renewable energy and fuel; wetland restoration and coastal stabilization; waste management; and green construction technology. The school's dorms are powered by solar panels, its vehicles run on biodiesel made at the campus and the waste is recycled. The school was started in 1999 with a pioneering group of students from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Since then, many others have completed their 14-week long semesters.

Its sister operation, the Cape Eleuthera Institute, delivers the school's research programme; hosts visiting educational groups and also builds local capacity through education and training programmes.



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The College of The Bahamas :: Oakes Field :: P.O. Box N-4912 :: Nassau, The Bahamas :: Tel (242) 302.4300 :: Email cob@cob.edu.bs
The College of The Bahamas :: Oakes Field :: P.O. Box N-4912 :: Nassau, The Bahamas :: Tel (242) 302.4300 :: Email cob@cob.edu.bs