The International University Center Haiti (“UniHaiti”), projected to open in spring 2012, is the nexus for Haitian and global universities in Haiti. The Center will provide both a base of operations and a base of knowledge related to the construction of the New Haiti, and offer incubator space to other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in Haiti’s reconstruction and development.
The Center is designed to serve a wide range of foreign efforts at building or rebuilding higher education institutions and programs to serve Haiti. The Center will serve as the Haitian campus of foreign universities where visiting faculty may teach one or two courses to Haitian students under the auspices of their home universities. These courses are planned to eventually be sufficiently demanding to earn credit assigned by the home universities.
Other Center programs are to include: Tutoring programs, staffed by foreign students, aimed at remediating inadequate secondary education and preparing people for applications to colleges and college programs in Haiti or overseas; A two-year prep school aimed at readying Haitian students for college perhaps taught by former faculty members of damaged or lost Haitian institutions; and Temporary housing and facilities for foreign foundation staff and academics investigating what roles they might be able to play in terms of Haitian higher education.
The Center is being constructed in the heart of Léogâne, epicenter of the earthquake, 35 miles southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince. Léogâne is the gateway to the Haiti’s South including the beautiful cities of Jacmel and Petite-Goâve. Depending on traffic, Léogâne is about one hour from the capital’s airport. The University Center will offer airport pick-up by arrangement.
The Center is spread over multiple strategic properties along rue de Croix. These include the Main Campus, the Academic Campus, the Healthcare Campus, and the Residential Campus. The Center’s Healthcare Campus stands in the shadow of its medical partner, the Episcopal Hospital Ste. Croix.