Tuesday, May 12, 2020

University of The Bahamas establishes an emergency fund for students impacted by COVID-19

The University of the Bahamas

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional challenges for some of the approximately 5,000 students who attend University of The Bahamas (UB), many of whom are scholarship recipients. With adherence to the protocols of social distancing, students who resided in the University’s residential facilities were advised to return home, leaving some to grapple with the challenge of insufficient access to technology and devices needed to continue their classes remotely.

Responding to the obvious need, UB has established a special emergency fund to help students bridge this gap and continue their virtual learning. The #UBCOVID-19ReliefFund is for the benefit of students, faculty and staff impacted by the pandemic.  Contributions to this fund will be made available to those in need with a special focus on Family Island students who, as a result of the disaster have had to return to home.

UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith invited support from donors in order to help UB students meet their academic goals.

“We have learned many lessons as a result of the pandemic.  We have learned that some of our students do not have access to technology, which has become yet another “essential” in today’s world.  For many, attending and graduating from University of The Bahamas represents an opportunity, a new beginning, a means to change their lives and the lives of their families. Education represents the way to escape poverty. A way to change the past. We are obligated, therefore, to do whatever we can to ensure the success of all of our students,” President Smith noted.  Read more >>