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Situated in a lush, tropical valley on the island of Hispanola, Universite Chretienne du Nord d’Haiti is ideally placed for outreach to the underserved in rural north Haiti. UCNH is a private Christian four-year university located in Limbe, Haiti, about one hour outside the northern city of Cap Haitian. One of only a handful of colleges located outside of major Haitian cities, UCNH meets the need for higher education among the less wealthy of Haiti.
Universite Chretienne du Nord d’Haiti is committed, through scholarship, teaching, spiritual formation, service and social involvement, to the preparation of men and women for purposeful Christian lives and leadership roles in the renewal of their communities.
The result of a longtime dream for higher education made available to the youth of Haiti who cannot afford the state university, UCNH costs a fraction of what is required for most baccalaureate programs in Haiti. In 1947, a mission organization bought the site from rubber plantation owners and turned it into a seminary campus. American Baptist missionaries, Harold and Ivah Heneise, founded the Haitian Baptist Theological Seminary, STBH. Beginning with three students, the seminary had a yearly average of about fifteen students, with 30 in its 1993 graduating class. STBH prepared many pastors over the years and significantly impacted the life of the Haitian church. In 1981, the leadership was turned over to Dr. Jules Casseus, a graduate of STBH who completed his doctoral studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. His vision included a dream of affordable baccalaureate education for all the youth of Haiti. In 1993, the seminary became an interdenominational Christian university, integrating the seminary into a new school of theology. The fledgling program opened in the midst of an international embargo and has continued to prepare young people throughout various economic and political upheavals. Now UCNH has a student body that numbers 380 on campus and commuter students enrolled in four majors.
The campus facilities of UCNH include an office building, a number of classrooms, a library, a dining hall with kitchen attached, a chapel, an outdoor amphitheatre, some faculty housing, men’s and women’s dormitories, and a campus infirmary. In addition, there is a science lab (with basic supplies), a computer lab (with five working computers in an air conditioned and insulated room), a sports field (soccer, basketball, volleyball, plus a track and long jump pit), a work-out room (with limited equipment), a music room (with piano, keyboards and a number of orchestral instruments), a botanical garden, and a number of fields for the work of the agriculture students. A few hundred yards from the campus is a community-sponsored clinic, and a Haitian doctor and a missionary doctor are available to both the community residents and the UCNH students.
Vision for the Future:
We offer an education that is shaped by Christian faith, thought and practice. We want to send out into the marketplace trained and respected individuals who will lead the people of Haiti out of its socio-economic, political, cultural and spiritual stagnation. To attain those goals, we want to strengthen our schools of Theology, Business Administration, Agriculture, and Fine Arts. UCNH has a long-term dream to build a hospital just off campus, which in the future will assist them in support of a future program in Applied and Health Sciences. Our immediate goals include:
*Completion of the library
*Completion of the men’s dormitory
*Completion of the Jacob’s Ladder (UCNH’s outdoor amphitheatre)
*Construction of a new women’s dorm
*Upgrading the current electricity and water systems
*Addition of new classrooms
*Expansion of the Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to 60% of UCNH students.
North Haiti Christian University currently offers a core program of general studies plus four majors:
*Agriculture (agronomy). The agronomy program is a five year program that focuses on local, national, and international economic and environmental issues. Students have a broad science base as they explore agriculture.
*Theology. The school of Theology is the only department that has a graduate degree beyond the four year theology degree. Several opportunities for biblical studies and pastoral training are available. A master of divinity and a license for ministry are offered to those who wish to pursue further degrees.
*Business and computer science. In addition to offering a four year program in this area, a 2-year bilingual secretary certificate is available for those who wish to be prepared for international business.
*Fine Arts and Christian Leadership. An out growth of music camp, this four year program prepares artistic leaders in the areas of worship, applied music, art, and the dramatic arts. Students do art projects, dramatic presentations, and concerts as part of their learning process.