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University of Curaçao Research Institute (UCRI)

University of Curaçao Research Institute (UCRI)

University of Curaçao Research Institute (UCRI)

The University of Curaçao Research Institute, UCRI

The University of Curaçao Research Institute (UCRI) is operational since November 2017. It's a structured platform mainly for candidates working on high-quality scientific doctoral research. The aim is to provide support in such a way that the candidates can complete their research activities with a doctorate at the University of Curaçao.

PhD candidates

The PhD candidates are supervised by a full professor of their own faculty and have access to lab facilities and support. A distinction is made between internal PhD candidates appointed by their own faculty at the University of Curaçao and external PhD candidates from outside the university. For more information about the possibilities to become a PhD student, please contact the chair of the UCRI, dr. Liesbeth Echteld, e.echteld@uoc.cw.

The research programs

The five faculties of the university maintain their own programs for education and research, all linked to the concept of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Research always takes place along 3 or 4 research lines.

  • Research Fields

    Research Fields

    (1) The School of Law, for example, has Law as a research area
    (2) The Faculty of Engineering, Technologyas a research area
    (3) The Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics, Society and Economics as research areas
    (4) The General Faculty, Education, Language and Culture as research areas
    (5) The Faculty of Social and Behavorial Sciences, Society and Behavior as research areas

Research Themes

  • Law

    Law

    School of Law
    The research program of the School of Law involves three main programs taking different legal disciplines as a starting point, including:
    1) Private Law,
    2) Constitutional and Administrative Law,
    3) Criminal Law,
    4) Public International Law,
    5) European Law.

  • Technology

    Technology

    The Faculty of Engineering
    The Faculty of Engineering, has one main research theme: Industry 4.0, Technological Resilience” and three main research programs:
    1) Technology and Sustainable Development,
    2) Sustainable Water Technology and Water Management, 
    3) Architectural Heritage and Social Urbanization.

  • Society and Economics

    Society and Economics

    Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics
    The research program of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics has 5 themes: 
    1) Organization and Innovation,
    2) (Innovative) Entrepreneurship and Human Capital,
    3) Corporate Social Responsibility,
    4) Fiscal Aspects of Enterprises,
    5) Financial Hub Development and International Relations.

  • Education, Language and Culture

    Education, Language and Culture

    General Faculty
    For the General Faculty, there are four research themes:
    1) Literature and Literary History,
    2) Linguistics,
    3) Language Acquisition, with a focus on Papiamentu,
    4) Education Policy and Educational Innovation, particularly with regard to the Local and Caribbean contexts.

  • Society and Behavior

    Society and Behavior

    Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    The research program of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences includes three main research areas:
    1) Behavioral Health and Prevention/Intervention,
    2) Health and Social Welfare,
    3) Parenting and Family Welfare.

The structure of the UCRI

The structure of the UCRI

Management of the UCRI is handled by the Board of Directors under the daily management of Dr Liesbeth Echteld. Via the Board of Deans advice can be obtained from the Advisory Board, consisting of professors from each faculty. UCRI cooperates with various partnering universities in the Netherlands, in the Caribbean and in the greater American and Latin-American region.

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