The University of St. Martin (USM) is a university in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten founded in 1989. Its specialization is the hospitality program of which it offers the UK accredited Higher National Diploma. The USM has about 350 part and full-time students, and more than 500 alumni. Its president is Dr. Francio Guadeloupe.USM was established in 1989 by Dr. Albert Claudius Wathey and Ambassador Dr. Hushang Ansary as an annex of Johnson and Wales University. Its facilities were destroyed by Hurricane Lenny in 1999, but the university was rebuilt. Its peach and white buildings overlook the Great Salt Pond in picturesque Philipsburg.By forging a symbiotic relationship with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), USM plans to build additional classrooms and dormitories. The symbiosis between both institutions, popularly referred to as UVI@USM, makes it possible for students on the island to obtain North American accredited BA and MA degrees. The USM also entertains a number of articulation agreements with, among others, Florida A&M University (FAMU), l’Université de Paris XII: Val-de-Marne, Florida Metropolitan University, Florida State University (FSU), University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Johnson & Wales University (JWU), Berkeley College, Pace University, Monroe College, and Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax, Canada.