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.

The International Journal of Bahamian Studies is an on-line open access, peer-reviewed research journal published annually by University of The Bahamas.  It accepts original articles from all academic disciplines including, but not limited to, political science, economics, psychology, comparative studies, music, law, education, the natural sciences, religion and Linguistics. Articles must be about The Bahamas or address issues relevant to the Bahamian archipelago and the wider Caribbean area. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time and must adhere to APA style as outlined in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Following blind peer-review, accepted manuscripts will be published in the next available volume. The popularity of the journal is evidenced by the number of times papers have been downloaded — some over 10,000 times.

For additional information contact the Managing Editor, Dr. Raymond Oenbring at raymond.oenbring@ub.edu.bs.

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.