HIGHLIGHTS: Academic Induction Ceremonies - Western and Papine Campuses


Professor Stephen Vasciannie, (at podium), President, University of Technology, Jamaica delivers the President’s Charge to new and transfer students at the annual Academic Induction Ceremony held at the Papine Campus on Friday, August 24, 2018.

The University of Technology, Jamaica hosted its annual Academic Induction Ceremonies at the Western Campus on August 23, 2018 and the Papine Campus on August 24, 2018. The annual Academic Induction Ceremony is the University’s culminating activity for the week of orientation, when all undergraduate students are formally welcomed to the University and introduced to the University Council, members of the Executive Management team and other administrative and academic staff.  

President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie in his Charge to new students affirmed the University’s commitment to continue towards its vision of becoming a world class centre of learning by heavily investing in resources that will improve the quality of its academic programmes and the physical environment for its students.   These new developments highlighted by the President includes the university’s application to the University Council of Jamaica for Institutional Accreditation which is now under consideration; and areas of infrastructural upgrading which comprises new computer laboratories, enhanced science laboratories, the new Shared Facilities Building, as well as the enhancement of WiFi access with WiFi service now widely accessible across all campuses in Kingston and Montego Bay. 

Professor Vasciannie urged students to make full use of the opportunities available to them as they embark on their new life as university students.  “We want when you leave UTech to be well-prepared to create jobs, to solve national and regional problems, to be in a position to add value to organisations and to contribute to development anywhere in the world,” he said, adding that they should be good ambassadors of the UTech, Jamaica Brand.

He also urged students to enjoy themselves.  "University is a time when you enjoy yourselves.  If you enjoy yourselves, you will do well," he said.

Pictorial Highlights

New students look on as the Platform Party processes.

Mrs. Mercedes Deane, Registrar leads the Chancellor's Procession at the start of the Annual Academic Induction Ceremony held on August 24, 2018 at the Papine Campus.

A section of the audience at the Induction Ceremony on August 24.  Seated in the front row are members of the academic staff and the University’s Council.

New and transfer students recite the Students’ Pledge being led by Miss Tia Ferguson, President, Students’ Union.

The UTech, Jamaica Choir leads the singing of  The University Song during the Induction Ceremony.

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, President, Prof. Colin Gyles, Deputy President and The Most Honourable Edward Seaga, ON, PC, Chancellor greet new and transfer students following the annual  Academic Induction Ceremony held at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium on August 24, 2018.

President Vasciannie, (centre), poses with members of the Platform Party including Deans, Vice Deans, Vice Presidents, members of academic and administrative staff and the Student’s Union Executive.

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, shares a light  moment with members of Students’ Union Executive,  (from left) Patrick Pinnock, Executive Assistant,  Nicholas Gordon, Vice President, Student Services, Tia Ferguson, President, Kimone Roper, President’s Advisor,  and Jameek Burrell, Executive Secretary.

“Knowing your University”

The Student Services Department organised a special session with new students following the Academic Induction ceremony at the Papine Campus.  Students received prizes from sponsoring companies Grace Kennedy Ltd. and Nestle for correctly answering trivia questions on their knowledge of the University.

Best Booth Competition

The Orientation Best Booth Competition was won by the Office of the Customer Service Advocate. At left Mrs. Dorrset Gabbidon- Pottinger, Assistant Registrar, Students Services presents the winning cake and trophy to Mrs. Collette Crossdale-Mitchell, Administrative Support.  Sharing in the presentation is Mr. Patrick Pinnock, Executive Assistant, Students’ Union.  At right, the Customer Service Advocate Team shows off a section of their winning booth.  From left are Mrs. Collette Crossdale-Mitchell, Administrative Support, Miss Alicea Baines, Customer Service Officer and Mrs. Tracey-Ann Pessoa, Customer Service Advocate.


Michelle Beckford (Mrs.)
Corporate Communications Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica
Telephone: 970-5299
Email: mbeckford@utech.edu.jm