Welcome to the Learning Management System of University Consortium of Small Island States.

MISSION

The mission of the University Consortium of Small Island States [UCSIS] is to enhance the capacity of graduate education institutions in small island states by facilitating the development of the institutional and systemic capacity needed to implement the Barbados Programme of Action. 

OBJECTIVES

  • To improve information flows among members on course offerings, facilities,student needs and relevant documents.
  • To encourage 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.
  • To share research findings and reference materials.
  • To use the results of SIDS-focused research and field work to assemble curricula relevant to island development
  • Recommend standards and procedures for inter-institutional accreditation among Members.
  • Ensure the sustainability of the Consortium by seeking and securing appropriate funding to support the activities of the Consortium.
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    To deal with the threats of climate variability, climate change, and sea level rise, Pacific Island countries need professionals who understand the problem and have the skills to help communities and governments to deal with it. We hope this course will help you to become such a skilled professional. This course focuses on the vulnerability of the Pacific Islands to climate change, and examines strategies to adapt to climate change, i.e. to manage the risks that climate change poses for water supply, agriculture, coastal zones, tourism, health,etc...

    To deal with the threats of climate variability, climate change, and sea level rise, Pacific Island countries need professionals who understand the problem and have the skills to help communities and governments to deal with it. We hope this course will help you to become such a skilled professional. This course focuses on the vulnerability of the Pacific Islands to climate change, and examines strategies to adapt to climate change, i.e. to manage the risks that climate change poses for water supply, agriculture, coastal zones, tourism, health,etc...

    This course is designed to familiarize the learners with a broad understanding of the causes and impacts of disasters in the context of PICs and provide comprehensive knowledge on disasters, disaster preparedness, mitigation and rehabilitation as well as to carry out risk assessment and vulnerability analysis. The course provides guidance on strengthening institutional mechanisms for community mobilization/participation in disaster management. Students will develop better communication skills for disaster preparedness and disaster response in emergency situations with tools for meeting emergency health/medical requirements and understand the importance of incorporating gender-sensitive DM approaches in capacity building & mainstreaming towards effective programme/project development.

    The object of this course is to teach students how to effectively process Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of development proposals from strategic and project perspectives. A brief critical analysis of the social impact assessment process will be addressed and linked to the overall EIA/SEA process. It is adjunct to the specialist environmental skills developed in our undergraduate science, arts, business and law programs. Students will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the best practice assessment process for achieving sustainable development whereby specialist skills can be effectively applied to ensure that development throughout the Pacific region is sustainable.

    EV426: Pacific Ecology in Relation to Climate Change

    The course provides an in-depth study of tropical atmospheric dynamics and processes.  The course will cover atmospheric general circulation; the structure and behavior of weather systems; development, displacement and intensification of weather systems; key characteristics of the tropical atmosphere including convection, boundary layer processes, local and diurnal weather phenomena, mesoscale tropical systems, tropical storm structure, and energetics, and tropical cyclone development.  The course is designed to provide a quantitative in-depth understanding of key atmospheric processes and dynamics central to climate change in the region.  It is an ideal course for students studying climate change science or interested in weather forecasting.

    ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

    This module is designed to provide students with an understanding on how small islands are economically vulnerable as a result of their dependence on outside sources of fuel, food and income generation related to employment. Important ecosystem services upon which islands are critically dependent include biodiversity, fisheries, energy, landscape values, freshwater, vegetation cover, and traditional ecological knowledge. The course includes concept of sustainability and development, opportunities and threats to local sustainable development, sustainability indicators, water, biodiversity, waste, sustainable tourism, coastal zones, agriculture and environmental management tools, climate change.

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    This module will provide you with everything you need to get started with e-Learning. It will help you to get accustomed with the learning process as well as understand your role as an e-Learner. In this module, you are guided through a step-by-step process approach to help assist you in learning more effectively as well as improve your efficiency as an e-Learner. You will be given a set of guided-instructions to follow to enable you to start on your way towards connected learning.

    This module is designed to provide students with an understanding on how small islands are economically dependent on their environment which needs to be evaluated and accounted for. Several policy instruments have been devised in an attempt to better manage natural resources, both non-renewable and renewable. Among the topics discussed are agriculture and land, tropical deforestation, poverty and resource degradation, water resources and pollution, waste management. While international trade and tourism have their own environmental dimensions, international agreements and international environmental law have since some time started in playing a role in helping SIDS develop sustainable development policies and probably protect endangered species.

    This module is designed to provide students with an understanding on how small islands are economically vulnerable as a result of their dependence on outside sources of fuel, food and income generation related to employment. Important ecosystem services upon which islands are critically dependent include biodiversity, fisheries, energy, landscape values, freshwater, vegetation cover, and traditional ecological knowledge. The course includes concept of sustainability and development, opportunities and threats to local sustainable development, sustainability indicators, water, biodiversity, waste, sustainable tourism, coastal zones, agriculture and environmental management tools, climate change.

    The module will be targeted towards potential MSc students with a required level of maturity in relevant engineering and technology oriented understanding and skills. The students will be provided with a online material/manual which will cover all the units necessary to provide the students with reliable information on how to assess projects from a financial point of view, rather than just the technical justification.

    This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of technical issues and the management of solid wastes. The course includes solid waste policy, both domestic and international, and then examines appropriate methods of storage, collection, transfer, treatment and disposal appropriate for industrialised and developing countries. The module also encourages the students to visit in their respective countries recycling facilities and disposal sites to better understand links between theory and practice.

    The module will be targeted towards potential MSc students with a required level of maturity in relevant engineering and technology oriented understanding and skills. The students will be provided with a online material/manual which will cover all the units necessary to provide the students with reliable information on how to manage and treat industrial and hazardous wastes.

    The module will be targeted towards potential MSc students with a required level of maturity in relevant engineering and technology oriented understanding and skills. The students will be provided with a online material/manual which will cover all the units necessary to help the students on how to plan and look at infrastructure provision in SIDS.

    The module will be targeted towards potential MSc students with a required level of maturity in relevant engineering and technology oriented understanding and skills. The students will be provided with a online material/manual which will cover all the units necessary to help the students on how to plan, monitor the progress and successfully implement projects in SIDS.