Welcome to the newly chartered University of The Bahamas.

UB’s academic administration, faculty and staff are committed to building an institution of high standards, leveraging national, regional and global partnerships in actualizing our vision to “be the nation’s primary resource for research and innovation and community engagement”.

We stand committed to building a reputation for research comparable to the outstanding teaching reputation for which we are well known. We continue to collaborate with international and regional agencies such as the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). In the national context, our research partners have included government ministries and public agencies as well as non-government organisations.

Auguring well for the future of research at UB are the prospects for scholarly investigation in a country that presents unique opportunities in areas such as history, archaeology, social institutions, psychology and economics. Our islands are members of the great family of the Americas and the Caribbean by reason of shared geography, history, migration and geopolitical ties; yet we are uniquely different in many important ways. Our country was the gateway to the encounter of several civilizations; we comprise an archipelago with fascinating geological features and marine and terrestrial flora and fauna, many rare and even unique. Our linguistic gradations present opportunities for much investigation. Of especial importance is the fact that we operate tourism, hospitality and financial services industries that are significant on a global scale. These are just some of the exciting opportunities for scholarly investigation.

Other ideal research opportunities exist at the Gerace Research Centre (GRC), formerly the Bahamian Field Station, located on the shore of Graham’s Harbour on the north coast of the Bahamian island of San Salvador. In operation since 1971, the Centre has a long and rich history as a field-based classroom for a variety of sciences with facilities which enable students, professors and researchers from around the world to study in a tropical environment.

Our International Journal of Bahamian Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed research journal which seeks to disseminate research products and academic activity relevant to UB and The Bahamas, and to stimulate participation in such activity by members of the University and the national research community.  The journal subscribes to the principles of open access and is indexed and may be found in EBSCOhost databases, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Google Scholar.

Finally, our cadre of well-trained faculty are ready to engage in research and scholarly activities which add to the body of knowledge and which help our nation meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Linda A. Davis, Ph.D.
Provost
Office: Keva M. Bethel Building, Oakes Field Campus
Phone: (242) 302-4310
E-mail: provostoffice@ub.edu.bs