Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is a private, liberal arts institution owned and operated by the Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU) and the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) of Seventh-day Adventists, and is located in Jamaica. With its main campus only 2 miles south of Mandeville town, in Manchester, and three other campuses situated in Kingston, Montego Bay and St. Ann, this university offers a number of professional, pre-professional and vocational programs in a spiritually wholesome and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Established in 1907, NCU currently enjoys an average yearly enrolment of over five thousand students, from up to 35 countries, and is the world’s largest English speaking Seventh-day Adventist tertiary institution. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world’s second largest Christian school system
Northern Caribbean University is the oldest private tertiary institution in Jamaica, and was first known as West Indian Training School. Following a temporary closure in 1913 it resumed operations in 1919 and offered courses up to the twelfth grade. In 1936 it was renamed West Indian Training College. As its offerings developed to include theology, teacher education, secretarial science, business, and natural sciences, it became a junior college. It achieved senior college status in the late 1950s when it began to offer the bachelor’s degree in Theology and was renamed West Indies College in 1959. Since then, baccalaureate programs in some twenty other disciplines have been added. In 1999 the college was granted university status by the Jamaican Government, and was renamed Northern Caribbean University. Currently the university offers graduate and post- graduate programs in the sciences, religion, business and education.
The Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing was officially opened on the 10th of August 2008 on a location directly across from the Northern Caribbean University campus across from NCU’s Dental Centre located in Mandeville, Jamaica. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica owns the school. The school is being named in honor of Mrs. Hyacinth Chen, the mother of major donor, Michael Lee-Chin, Jamaican/Canadian businessman who is on the Forbes 500 list of most wealthy businessmen. The school holds 800 nursing students and will reduce international nursing shortages.