UTCWI is first and foremost, a seminary to which Participating Churches send for training, candidates whom they have selected with a view to ordination. Many students also come to study at the UTCWI from non-participating communions. It is supported and maintained by the Participating Churches all of which are indigenous. It receives no government subsidy. Its recurrent expenditure is met by the Churches, contributions from overseas donors and by fees from independent students.
UTCWI AND OTHER THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS
The University of the West Indies is spread over three campuses located in separate island-territories of the Caribbean and related to each of the other campuses are three other theological institutions also affiliated with the University:
- St. John Vianney, a Roman Catholic seminary related to the St. Augustine campus in Trinidad;
- Codrington, an Anglican College related to the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and St. Michael’s Theological College, a Roman Catholic institution adjoining UTCWI which together with UTCWI is related to the Mona Campus.
All these institutions follow the same courses of the University and sit the same examinations for degree programmes. Changes in curriculum and the addition of courses necessitate close consultation between the campuses before submission to the University for approval.
With St. Michael’s Theological College, UTCWI enjoys a special relationship by reason of proximity enabling close collaboration and free sharing of resources between the two institutions.
The UTCWI co-operates with the Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia U.S.A. in offering a Doctor of Ministry degree. This allows experienced ministers who have not had the opportunity for further academic development to pursue studies while remaining in the pastorate. Most of the courses are taught at UTCWI by lecturers both from Columbia and the UTC. The College is also engaged in Exchange Programmes with institutions in North America which are proving to be of immense benefit to the institution as well as to the students who have gone on exchange. It also serves as host for students from the schools of the Atlanta Theological Association who come to Jamaica every summer for their work experience in ministry. Various other groups of overseas students also come to UTCWI for experiences in contextual education.