UTech, Jamaica Certified as an Approved Study Centre for Delivery of CIPS Qualifications
The University of Technology, Jamaica’s application to become an Approved Study Centre for delivery of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualifications was recently approved by that awarding body with effect from March 10, 2017.
As an approved CIPS Study Centre UTech, Jamaica will provide CIPS qualifications for the Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 4).
According to Chantal Rogers, CIPS Awarding Body Manager, “CIPS values the commitment of Approved Study Centres in ensuring that procurement professionals worldwide are trained to the highest standards.” Annual monitoring of the delivery of the CIPS qualification will be carried out by CIPS Professional Standards and Regulation Team.
UTech, Jamaica’s approval as a CIPS Study Centre follows from the award of a contract in April 2016 by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the World Bank to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a Caribbean Regional Procurement Training Centre at its Papine campus. The Procurement Centre is expected to be operational by late 2017. It will provide high quality training services accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), initially focussing on training for public procurement professionals in the Caribbean. The contract was awarded following a rigorous competitive process led by the consultancy arm of the College of Business and Management and the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship (SGSRE), University of Technology, Jamaica.
President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD in welcoming the announcement by CIPS of UTech, Jamaica as an approved study centre for delivery of CIPS qualifications said that “the University of Technology, Jamaica is committed to delivering on the intended objectives of the study centre”, adding that the University was pleased to be “delivering value to Caribbean governments in transforming public procurement and developing a cadre of qualified public procurement professionals across the region.”
File Photo: Stakeholders in the Project to establish the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and World Bank funded Caribbean Regional Procurement Training Centre at UTech, Jamaica pose for a group photograph following the project launch ceremony held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC), UTech Papine campus. Pictured L-R (front row) are Ms. Geraldine McDonald, Lecturer, College of Business and Management (COBAM), Mrs. Genefa Hibbert, Project Coordinator, UTech, Ja. Enhancement Project, Mr. Douglas Fraser, Head of Procurement, CDB, Dr. Carlys Cadogan, Lecturer, College of Business and Management, (COBAM) Dr. Paul Golding, Dean, COBAM, Mr. Nigel Cooper, Lecturer, COBAM, Mrs. Dennise Haldane, Director of Procurement, UTech, Ja. Second row (from left), Mr. Lloyd Wint, Lecturer, COBAM, Ms. Yvette Richards, Lecturer, COBAM, Miss Rosalee Sawyers, Lecturer, COBAM and consultants Messrs. John Brooks and Scott Smith of BiP Solutions Limited.
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