BANNER
The Monthly Newsletter of the University of Technology, Jamaica Vol. XVI Issue 7 -July 2012

UTech Track House Renamed Dennis Johnson Hall of Residence

 track house renamed
Hon. Natalie Headley-Neita (5th left), Minister without Portfolio for Sport, applauds following the Official Unveiling of the sign signalling the launch of the Dennis Johnson Hall of Residence formerly known as   Track House.  The unveiling ceremony was held at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), Papine campus on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.  Sharing in the occasion are (l-r) Prof. Ashok Kulkarni, Deputy President, Dr. Colin Gyles, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech and  Dr. Dennis Johnson, former Director of Sport, UTech.  

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) at a special ceremony held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at its Papine campus renamed its athletes’ residence, previously known as the Track House, in honour of the institution’s founding father of sports development, Dr. Dennis Johnson, OD.

Speaking at the ceremony for the launch of the Dennis Johnson Hall of Residence, UTech President, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ hailed Dr. Johnson as a visionary “whose tenacity superseded the naysayers of his time” who scoffed at his belief that athletes could be trained locally to world-class performance standards.  “Dennis Johnson is the hero of UTech and the hero of track and field in Jamaica”, he affirmed.   Prof. Morrison also announced plans for the expansion of the current facility which will commence before year end, noting that it would be opened to all students who have an interest in sport. He noted that students who meet the performance standards will be eligible to compete for the institution at the local and international levels. 

Dr Colin Gyles, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport, in his remarks expounded on the plans for the expansion of the current facility which he said can only accommodate twenty-five (25) athletes. In presenting the plan for the new facility, which is estimated to cost approximately JA$80 million, he noted that when completed it will be able to house at least seventy-five (75) residents.  With the additional resident facilities, Dr. Gyles expressed hope that UTech “will be able to do even better and produce world-beaters in greater numbers."

Economist, Mr. Mark Ricketts, who also spoke at the launch, read an excerpt from his recently published book titled, “Jamaica Gold”.  In his book he recalled how the former Director of Sport believed anyone could be taught to sprint with high knee lifts and stride extension.  He also noted that Dr. Johnson’s determination to expose his athletes to world-class conditions acquired a penchant for being fearless.   Mr. Ricketts recounted a story when Johnson's athletes climbed the fence at the National Stadium in the 1970s to train and left before security turned up in the morning, evoking peals of laughter among those present at the ceremony.

Former athletes, Messrs. Donald Davis, Structural Engineer and Jervis Bisasor, businessman, both praised Dr. Johnson for his vision and foresight, noting he made a tremendous impact on their lives as residents at the then Track House.  DJ, as they affectionately called him was a “father and mentor … the solver of all our problems.” They added that through Dr. Johnson, himself an Olympian, many athletes were afforded the opportunity, through sports scholarships to pursue further studies overseas and to ensure that they had a future after their sport careers had ended.

Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sports, lauded Dr.  Johnson as “an outstanding pioneering athlete, sports mentor and coach” stating that “the sports programme at UTech produced a cadre of athletes who have trained locally and achieved world-class acclaim." The concept of a special athlete facility has certainly proved its worth as our stars continue to dazzle the world due to the foresight of Dr. Johnson.  “We owe a debt of gratitude for his phenomenal contribution to where track and field has reached today … and to the development of young people in Jamaica through sport and physical education which has been significantly manifested by his work here at UTech”, she said.      His influence she noted has played a major role in sports development. 

The Minister also encouraged athletes to ensure that they “secure their futures with a sound academic foundation … athletics and academics must go hand in hand so that they will be able to pursue a meaningful life after their sports careers have ended.” She further noted that she was delighted that Johnson was being honoured while he was "alive, well, fit and able to see and hear" and found it a fitting tribute during an Olympic year and as Jamaica marks 50 years of “growth and development as an independent nation”.

Overcome with emotion and gratitude, Dr. Dennis Johnson in his response described the occasion as a "wonderful moment", thanking  former Presidents, Dr the Hon. Alfred Sangster, OJ who began the vision with him and Dr. the Hon. Rae Davis, OJ and  current President,  Professor Morrison for making the Dennis Johnson Hall of Residence a reality.  He also commended Prof. Morrison on his vision of having established the Caribbean School of Sports Science to provide the opportunity for our citizens to pursue careers in the field of sports in areas such as sports marketing, sports journalism and sports tourism.  Producing individuals in these areas he said will allow Jamaicans to tap into the myriad of opportunities that abound in sports.

The Ceremony was well attended by a cross-section of representatives from UTech academia and administration, the sports fraternity, former Olympians and members of their family, friends and well-wishers of the man of the hour.

DJ_Ceremony1Audience_at_DJ_ceremony

(l-r) Messrs. Jervis Bisasor and Donald Davis recounting their time as former residents of the UTech Track House now the Dennis Johnson Hall of Residence at the Official Launch Ceremony held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the UTech Papine campus.

Plans_for_expansion_of_DJ_Hall
Then, Now and the Future:  Display showing the progression of the UTech Track House now the Dennis Johnson Hall of Residence which was established in 1973 for resident student athletes. 


President Morrison Awarded First Honorary Degree from UCC

 Presidents_honorary_degree
Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ (right) receives the Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from Dr. Herbert Thompson, CD who was installed as the second Chancellor of the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) at the institution’s Commencement ceremony held on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at the National Indoor Sports Centre.  Prof. Morrison was recognized for his role as an educator and for his extensive pioneering research in diabetes and advancing the understanding of the disease. 

President,  University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ has secured another legendary place in the annals of history by being the first recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree presented by the University of the Caribbean (UCC).  Prof. Morrison was conferred with the Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa for his “years of sterling service in the fields of education, the medical sciences and public service,” at the University’s Commencement Ceremony and Installation of its Chancellor held on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at the National Indoor Sports Centre. 

The citation to Prof. Morrison lauded him for his leadership of the University of Technology, Jamaica over the past five years, noting that “under his leadership, access and quality have grown in tandem, improving the lot of thousands of students who now have a greater number of options for higher learning.”  President Morrison was also praised for his extensive pioneering research in diabetes and advancing an understanding of the disease, for which he has received several awards.

President Morrison had the rapt attention of the over 389 graduands, university leadership and administrators, parents, guardians and other specially invited guests who were in attendance during the delivery of his well-received keynote commencement address.  Referencing the story of the legendary Jamaican Olympian Herb McKenley who rose to the top of the podium as a member of the Jamaican team which struck gold in the record breaking 4 x 400 m at the 1952 Olympics, Prof. Morrison presented the timely example of what can be achieved with tenacity, hard work and “taking the time to do it a little at a time.”  Running the third leg for the team, McKenley received the baton more than 12 metres behind and in one of the most impressive legs of all time, made up that deficit, handing over the lead to  George Rhoden on anchor.    No man had ever run a relay leg in under 45 seconds before that glorious moment.  This was a crowning moment not only for Jamaica but a phenomenal personal achievement for McKenley who had until that moment never won a gold medal despite often coming close. 

In a similar example of how persistence and tenacity yield success, Prof. Morrison told the gathering the story of the visionary Pat Ramsay, former Director of Arts and Culture, UTech who enabled the establishment of the Caribbean Sculpture Park at UTech – the only of its kind in the Region, through diligently following through on a vision for its realization despite obstacles.
Punctuating his address with the mantra, “to initiate change you must be spotless, immaculate and above reproach,” Prof. Morrison urged graduands to take the time to implement the changes they desire for themselves, their country and the world, imploring them to “assess our country’s strengths and weaknesses and see what small part we can individually and collectively play in advancing Jamaica’s growth and development.”


President Morrison addresses 11th Annual ACHEA Conference

 President_at_ACHEAACHEA_audience
Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, (at podium) President, UTech, has the rapt attention of delegates in attendance at the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad from July 12 -14, 2012.

The Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) convened its 11th Annual Conference at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain, Trinidad from July 12-14, 2012 where over a hundred and twenty delegates from CARICOM countries and Canada attended. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, University of the Technology Jamaica (UTech) who presented a very spirited presentation which highlighted challenges and opportunities of Higher Education in the region.

The financing of Higher Education was singled out as a critical area which Heads of Government should address. He suggested that the possible impact of Higher Education at national, regional and international levels has far-reaching socio-economic benefits. He called on ACHEA to facilitate discussions with CARICOM and other funding organizations such as the World Bank to provide support for research and development as a contributing factor to GDP. He urged the Higher Education Administrators and other policy makers to exploit the opportunities such as the strength of the tourism industry, sports, and indigenous culture; the music and food available in the region. He reminded the delegates to focus on developing value added products and services even as countries in the region prepare to celebrate their golden anniversary and participate in the 2012 Olympics. It is expected that ACHEA will lead the initiative to create an awareness of the challenges and opportunities of Regional Higher Education among the various stakeholders.

ACHEA launched a Certificate in Higher Education Administrator during the conference. In doing so, ACHEA has responded to the need for professional competencies among Higher Education Administrators required to enable them to effectively lead and sustain transformative institutional changes critical for global competitiveness among Caribbean Higher Education institutions. The delegates also benefitted from plenary speakers such as Dr. Kofi Nkrumah-Young; Vice President Planning and Operations, UTech, Dr. Jim Armstrong; President, The Governance Network, Ontario, Canada and Dave Edwards, Programme Manager, Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network.


Kofi Nkrumah-Young Elected President ACHEA

 Kofi_at_ACHEA
Dr. Kofi Nkrumah-Young delivers his inaugural presidential address after his election as President of ACHEA.

Dr. Kofi Nkrumah-Young, Vice President Planning and Operations, UTech was elected new President of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) at its 11th Annual Conference held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad from July 12-14, 2012.  His appointment will run for a period of two years.  Congratulations to Dr. Nkrumah-Young and to other members of the University, Miss Michelle Holness and Mr. Stephen Edwards who will serve on his executive as Assistant Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

ACHEA is a non-profit professional body established in response to perceived needs to strengthen management capability and to build institutional capacity within the universities, colleges and tertiary institutions in the Caribbean region.  The Association has its registered office of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
The objectives of the Association are:

  • To promote the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Continuous development of management capacity among administrators and management individuals in higher education institution in the Caribbean
  • To unite, discuss, build and share our cache of knowledge in order to bridge any gaps that exist in our regional higher education institutions and that of our international counterparts.

UTech Symposium Evaluates Jamaica’s
Education System

 Prof_RobothamAudience_at_symposium
Prof. Don Robotham (at podium), Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Advanced Research Collaborative at the City University of New York delivering the keynote address at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) symposium dubbed “A Jamaican Independence 50 Commemorative Symposium” at its Papine Campus on Thursday, July 19, 2012.

 
Jamaica’s education system was assessed at a special Symposium held at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at its Papine campus under the theme, “Jamaica’s Education System:  A Degenerative or Progressive Legacy”.  The symposium, which was organized by the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, is one of a number of commemorative events being staged by the University in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of political independence.

 Coulson
Miss Sheila Coulson, Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, UTech and Chairperson of the Symposium welcoming participants.

 
Mrs. Sheila Coulson
, Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, UTech and chairperson of the Jamaican Independence 50 Commemorative Symposium in her opening remarks informed the gathering that fifty years in the life of our nation is a significant milestone and should be celebrated as we reflect on our growth and development and how we intend to position ourselves for the future.  UTech she said is an important part of the development of Jamaica noting that “UTech originated from the birth of a nation in 1962, being deliberately established to foster development within the country”. 

Prof. Ashok Kulkarni, Deputy President, UTech in welcoming participants drawn from UTech faculty, staff and representatives in various areas of the education sector, said he hopes that the Symposium will provide a medium for meaningful debate on a topic of national importance.  He also extended commendations to the Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Rohan Lewis and his staff for staging the important event.

Keynote speaker, Prof. Don Robotham, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Advanced Research Collaborative at the City University of New York, USA began his presentation by emphasizing that with regard to the progress of our education system over the past fifty years, we should “never accept the view that we have not progressed since Independence.” He argued that there has been tremendous improvement in the education sector when compared to the system which existed within the colonial period.  He noted that Jamaica now enjoys a literary rate of over 70 per cent which is a vast improvement since 1962.  He noted further that illiteracy levels during the colonial period were between 30 and 40 per cent, citing that our educational system during that period provided schooling up to the primary level for most Jamaicans and added that our current enrolment ratios at the primary and secondary levels now stand at approximately 98 per cent.   Prof. Robotham further pointed out that access to tertiary education has also improved with enrolment now at 33 per cent.

Focus on All Tiers of the Education System

The keynote speaker went on to express the view that the crisis in our education system is more predominant at the secondary level.  He argued that “our central problem is the weakness of our secondary schools”.  He stated that contrary to our beliefs, our focus on early childhood education is not the panacea for the problems which exist at the secondary and post-secondary levels within our education system.  Instead, he argued that we need to address the problems at each tier within the system as we “will not fix the problems of any segment of the education system by fixing any one part”.  He pointed out that “it is improvements made within the secondary level which will produce higher-level passes in English and Mathematics at the CSEC level which we sorely need”.   Professor Robotham further opined that to ignore his “theory” it would result in our young adolescents being abandoned to their own devices as this age group is the “source of our achievements in sport and popular culture, as well as the principal source of the perpetrators of crime”. 

Fix the system to save our adolescents

He argued that our GSAT grades are better than our CSEC grades which suggests that
our primary and preparatory school system is the strongest level of our education platform.  Using data to support his argument, it was revealed that the national average scores in the five subjects sat at the GSAT level: Math – 63%, Language Arts – 60%, English Composition – 75%, Science – 64% and Social Studies – 62% were higher when compared to 15, 000 students who sat the CSEC from a total of 30,000 who received “acceptable grades” of which only 6,000 (12%) gained five subjects at a single sitting.    The noted anthropologist said that the relapse of our children after GSAT seems to occur primarily in grades 7 – 9 hinting that the there could be a problem with the transition from the primary level to the secondary level.  He argued that if this is not corrected, it will continue to result in the poor performance at the CSEC level.

In closing, Professor Robotham called for the reorganization of the administration, supervision and management of education at each level, adding that we need to also focus our efforts on increasing accountability at the ministry level.  By so doing, each tier of the system will receive the appropriate attention that is needed.

 

Panel Discussion


panel discussion
Panellist, Mrs. Shermaine Barrett (left), former Head of School and Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, UTech) makes a point during the panel discussion at the UTech Jamaican Independence 50 Commemorative Symposium held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the UTech Papine campus.  From left are other members of the panel Dr. Disraeli Hutton, Lecturer and Researcher in the field of Education Transformation and Mrs. Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, Chairman of e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited and Human Rights Activist. 

 

Following the keynote address, the symposium continued with a panel discussion with panellists Dr. Disraeli Hutton, Lecturer and Researcher in the field of Education Transformation, Mrs. Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, Chairman of e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited and Human Rights Activist and Mrs. Shermaine Barrett, Former Head and Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, UTech. 

Mrs. Barrett in her presentation entitled, Adult Education and Nation Building since Independence,” noted that adult education is an important part of the Jamaican education system.  In addressing the notions of development and adult education in Jamaica, she cited community development, liberalism, industrialization and community action as modalities which have provided the opportunity for adults to empower themselves and also contribute to the social and economic development of their communities and hence the nation.  Commenting on the future role of education, Mrs. Barrett cautioned that education must involve the participation of families, communities, private, government and non-government organizations and the informal education sector which includes television, radio and newspaper.

Dr. Disraeli Hutton, in his presentation supported the general view that Jamaica has made significant strides in providing education to its citizens.  He pointed out however that the challenge we now face is how we maintain those areas in which we have made progress and advance those areas in which we are performing unsatisfactorily.  He made particular mention of three areas which in his view need our urgent attention.  These areas he named “ingredients for degeneration”.  These issues included the reorganization of the secondary school system to ensure an increase in the number of students who not only complete the programme but achieve success in the CSEC examinations paving the way for further studies; improving the level and quality of leadership in our secondary schools; and finding and implementing a solution that will improve the poor performance of our youngsters in mathematics and science.  Dr. Hutton added that Jamaica needs more persons involved in the field of science and technology to come up with innovations that can advance the country’s social and economic development.

Mrs. Yvonne McCalla-Sobers gave a comprehensive overview of Jamaica’s education system from pre and post-independence to our present time.  She noted that access to education has tremendously improved when compared to the colonial era but lamented that we still have a far way to go because this progress has come with major issues along the way.  Some of the issues cited were crime and violence in our schools, juvenile delinquency and the impact of the degeneration of our values on our youth.  In order to achieve our 21st century educational goals  she noted that we must encourage our youth to communicate effectively, think critically, use the technology available to them in meaningful ways and to build their mathematical competence in order to aid in propelling  Jamaica forward and thereby achieving national development.

Documentary Launch
The premier showing of a documentary entitled, “UTech: Building Jamaica” produced by the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies in association with the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) provided an appropriate climax to the day’s events.


UTech/Scotiabank Chair Hosts Vibrant Discussion on Financing MSME Entrepreneurial Development

 

 MSME_Audience_applaudsMSME_discussion

Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (at podium), Minister of Finance and Planning speaking at the MSME post budget discussion held on the University of Technology, Jamaica’s (UTech) Papine campus on Thursday, July, 5, 2012.  Seated at the head table is Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech.

 

A very vibrant discussion on strategies and policies for financing Jamaica’s micro, small and medium business sector ensued on July 5, 2012 at a MSME post budget discussion held on the University of Technology, Jamaica’s (UTech) Papine campus.  Representatives from the MSME sector engaged in fruitful dialogue with Ministers of government, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, Minister of Finance and Planning and the Hon. Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce at the well attended forum organized by the UTech/Scotiabank Chair in Entrepreneurship and Development led by Prof. Rosalea Hamilton in association with the College of Business and Management, UTech, the MSME Alliance and the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ).

In his welcome, President, UTech, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ said that the University prides itself on being “The People’s University,” and as such the forum represented yet another initiative in “reaching out, and in particular zoning in the focus on the development of small business.”  He thanked Prof. Hamilton for her leadership in this regard.  The President told the large gathering that UTech sees itself as “the conduit that can assist the MSME sector in its contribution to development of the country,” inviting the government representatives present to engage the University as part of its strategy to reach and enhance the productivity of the sector.

Minister Phillips prefaced his presentation by conceding that there are two critical elements that the country must take into account.  One is that as far as our national accounts are concerned, the macro-economic status is problematic and the related second serious concern is what he described as “an unacceptably high public debt.” The Minister noted that the “debt is running at approximately 130% of GDP and more than 50% of the national budget is being spent on servicing the debt.” 

Pointing to the severity of the situation, he reported that Jamaica’s per capita income has remained the same since 1973 while our debt rate is 700 times greater. The Minister lamented that this constitutes a basic impediment to the long term sustainable economic growth of the country, cautioning that if we do nothing about it, Jamaica faces the risk of being isolated in the global financial markets and being denied financing by global multi-laterals.  “Without access it means that we are facing the prospect of having to operate our international transactions on a cash basis which would mean that all the businesses that have correspondent banking arrangements overseas or who rely on international credit from their suppliers, all of that would disappear unless we take control of this particular problem,” the Finance Minister warned.  The high portion of the budget being spent on debt-financing also means that not enough capital funds are available for adequately supporting the country’s infrastructure and development of our human resources through education and training. Minister Phillips sought to assure the attentive audience comprising MSME business owners and operators who came from as far as St. Ann, that the government is committed to maintaining macroeconomic stability so that interest rates will be kept low so that “everybody can access loans from financial institutions at rates that make sense for someone doing business.”

Minister Phillips outlined a raft of austerity measures, revenue raising measures and adjustments that he said the Government will pursue to obtain a more normal debt to GDP ratio in which businesses can flourish and grow.  The Minister acknowledged that Jamaica cannot continue to borrow its way to a better standard of living but must produce more, noting that, “a critical part of the solution is the micro, small and medium enterprises because we have to grow our way essentially out of this problem and the MSME sector provides the bulk of the employment in the country,” while emphasizing that both the sector must join with the large corporate sector so that as “they grow, you grow and everyone benefits.”  He took the opportunity to urge small business operators not to stay in the informal economy where they deny themselves access to human and financial resources and the capacity to grow from small to large business owners.

Helping the MSME Sector
The Minister of Finance outlined a number of short and medium term measures to assist the growth of the MSME sector.  Among them:

  • Capacity building  to assist with the need for adequate levels of training in necessary skills such as marketing, communication, research, technical skills, use of innovation and technology, etc.
  • Tax credits for businesses with appropriate levels of research and development activity
  • Streamlining of the approval processes involved in doing business so that they are available under “one roof”.  For example processing of TRN numbers, NIS arrangements, certificate of registration
  • Empowerment of the National Land Agency as a “single development approval centre” to assess and collect all applicable charges related to transfer tax, stamp duty, registration fees
  • Establishment of a small business procurement policy which mandates ministries, departments and agencies to set aside a distinct proportion of 15% procurement under the current budget that is reserved for small business operations so that they can get access to the government procurement process
  • The establishment of a system that recognizes non-traditional collateral such as intellectual property and inventory
  • Issuing of licences for credit bureaus which will assist financial institutions in the assessment of credit risk and make it easier for those with good credit to access financing
  • Maintenance of the Junior Stock Market and the associated tax benefits
  • Expand the pool of credit available to MSME sector through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).  The Minister said the DBJ will lend 1.5 billion dollars in the course of the fiscal year to the micro, small and medium sized sector which is anticipated will facilitate some $2 B dollars in investments.  He added that the DBJ has also set aside some $250 M dollars as a loan guarantee fund to facilitate lending to potentially good business borrowers from the MSME sector who do not meet the banking sector’s collateral requirement.

Minister Anthony Hylton who has portfolio responsibility for the MSME sector brought greetings.  He noted that studies by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) show that Jamaicans are amongst the most entrepreneurial people in the world and therefore no efforts should be spared in helping to develop the MSME sector.  He reported that his Ministry will continue to facilitate a full range of business development service interventions through the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and other agencies in support of small businesses.  This will include general and customized training, product design and development, branding, etc. He also urged MSME sector representatives to pay keen attention to the need for well researched documented data as a precursor to making representations to the government on behalf of their respective industries.


UTech Lecture Calls for Maintaining the Quality of Tertiary Education

Mrs. Maxine Henry-Wilson, Commissioner, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission and Former Minister of Education speaking at the inaugural Lignum Vitate lecture series hosted by the College of Health Sciences on June 25, 2012 at UTech’s Papine campus.


Global competitiveness is about three things in terms of the education system [namely,] access, affordability and agency” noted Dr. Elaine Wallace, University Registrar, University of Technology, Jamaica, (UTech) at the College of Health Sciences’ (COHS) inaugural Lignum Vitae Forum held on June 25, 2012 at UTech’s Papine campus.

Dr. Wallace told the gathering that the Lignum Vitae series will continue to place emphasis on tertiary education and how that component can be used to facilitate national development and global competitiveness which are both necessary to the country’s development.  In her remarks, the Registrar threw out a call for the country to develop a model to finance tertiary education to attain these goals. She further noted that “the series [will make] a link between teaching, various programmes, research and real-life issues.”

National Development and Global Competitiveness
In concurrency with Dr. Wallace, Prof. Ashok Kulkarni, Deputy President, UTech reiterated the importance of national development and global competitiveness to improve the country’s economic position and stressed that adjustments should be made “to minimize expenditure and maximize productivity.”
He noted that the Lignum Vitae Forum is optimal as it focuses on higher education which incorporates three functions, which are teaching, the conduction of research and the integration of the wider community in associated activities. 

Defining Tertiary Education
Keynote speaker for the event was Mrs. Maxine Henry-Wilson, Commissioner, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission and Former Minister of Education.  She began her presentation by defining the term “tertiary education” which she said is a “level of learning that goes beyond primary and secondary education.” This she noted, assumes a particular clientele ranging from young adults to those older and which includes different institutions with varying functions and characteristics. She noted that it is the duty of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission to standardize and clarify the level of an academic institution, which contributes to their mandate of creating a “world class tertiary system,”  adding that “tertiary education has always had a certain level of importance” in Jamaica and even with its size, both geographically and population-wise, the country still has “peculiar [academic] demands which relates to how people interact socially.”


Sustainable Energy Interventions at the UTech

Ruth_Potopsingh

Contributed by Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Director of Sustainable Energy, UTech

Energy and development are inextricably linked. Sustainable energy is perhaps the most recently branded driver by the international community to achieve sustainable development and is linked to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative of the United Nations has gathered momentum worldwide as recently demonstrated at the Rio+20 Conference.   The terminology is new to many persons and it is therefore important for its wider understanding since its penetration into national goals, plans and strategies will require universal buy–in.

The twin pillars of sustainable energy are energy efficiency and renewable energy with the important consideration of energy access. Access to clean, affordable, reliable energy are important to productivity, education, health, climate change, food and water security and quality of life.  There is increasing use of renewable fuels such as solar, wind, hydropower, bio fuels, biomass, geothermal, hydrogen as an energy carrier.  Ocean thermal and wave energy are being explored for commercial scale.  There are some technical challenges however to the wider use of cleaner renewable energy such as storage, distribution and to some extent reliability. Countries like Jamaica face additional challenges such as financing commercial renewable energy, technology adaptation and transfer issues. These issues are being investigated at various levels.

Bearing in mind that sustainable development embraces the social, political economic and environmental there is opportunity for  Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) like the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech ) for engagement in the transformation of our country and region through sustainable energy initiatives. Education is our important core business and hence it is a crucible for engaging young minds to draw on the country’s natural resources, intergenerational talent, entrepreneurship   and partnerships to take us ahead.
Research, Development and Innovation must become an integral component of our development process.

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech’s) focus on national development issues encompasses Sustainable Energy and has for the many years developed key programmes which reflect our involvement. The addition of a Sustainable Energy Unit in the School of the Graduate Studies Research and Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for further expansion in this area. The Energy Unit in the School of Engineering’s involvement is diverse with projects such as:

  • Developing Solar cooling with a pilot project in Portmore, St Catherine to cool homes
  • Optimizing the efficiency of the photovoltaic conversion process for the Jamaican climate.
  • Conducting research on photovoltaic that involves direct conversion radiation to electricity
  • Using biological agents to convert animal (chicken) waste into combustible gases
  • Continuous research to develop fuel cells

 

The Faculty of the Built Environment (FOBE) is playing an integral role in UTech’s advancement in Sustainable Energy with the incorporation of modules in its curriculum in the planning and design of structures and development relating to the built environment. The Computing and Engineering Entrepreneurial Centre (CEEC) is also involved in UTech’s Sustainable Energy development from the Management perspective with many relevant courses including hosting a Certified Energy Managers (CEM) Course. The course includes both compulsory and optional modules in Energy Accounting and Economics, Energy Audits and Instrumentation, Electrical Systems, HVAC Systems Motors and Drives, Industrial Systems, Building Envelope, Cogeneration and CHP Systems, Building Automation, Control Systems, Thermal Energy Storage Systems, Lighting Systems, Boiler and Steam Systems, Maintenance, Building Commissioning and Measurement & Verification.
Energy conservation is promoted on the campus and at the community level through the Energy Monitoring and Auditing Team (EMAT). The group which comprises undergraduate students aims to be an effective vehicle in promoting good energy management and environmental stewardship at UTech. Since its formation in May 2010, the group has made several achievements. These include:

  • Performing a Level 1 Energy Audit of UTech’s Papine Campus
  • Continuous monitoring of the campus to reduce incidents where energy or water is being wasted
  • Community Volunteerism: to educate the general public and schools in the surrounding area on energy and environmental stewardship. 


Public education is further encouraged with the University’s participation in Sustainable Energy events. In December 2010, UTech participated in CARICOM Energy Week and more recently, collaborated with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in May 2012 to host its Energy Conference and Exposition. The theme for the event held at UTech’s Papine campus was “Building a Sustainable Energy Economy”. This event highlighted opportunities to learn from Germany how sustainable energy programmes foster economic prosperity, contribute to a better environmental quality and improved human well-being and social equity. It was an excellent forum for UTech’s faculty to educate the wider public on renewable energy and to demonstrate the synergies between academia and the private sector.

Institutions of Higher Learning like the University of Technology, Jamaica have been transitioning their curricula to match and to anticipate societal changes within their own spheres of influence as well as at a global level. Sustainable Energy for all is a clear signal for us to recognize the thrust in the areas of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Conservation and Energy Management Systems and to help in building a green economy.


RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

UTech Secures Research Grant for Solar-Powered Project

Dr_Earle_Wilson
Dr. Earle Wilson

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has secured a research grant funded by the European Union through the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States under the ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development for a research project on the Application of Solar-Powered Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Electrolysers for the Sustainable Production of Hydrogen Gas as Fuel for Domestic Cooking. The specific objective is to produce hydrogen gas from water by means of solar-powered electrolysis at a scale suitable for household cooking.  Other overall objectives are:

  • To contribute to energy security by diversifying the energy mix through renewable energy
  • To contribute to reducing deforestation
  • To contribute to reducing petroleum importation
  • To contribute to building resilience to climate changes impacts

 Article_Earle_Wilson_Table_top_demo

Table top demo of solar-hydrogen     

The outcomes of the research will be particularly beneficial to potential entrepreneurs in Jamaica and within the ACP group of states who may be interested in small manufacturing enterprises to manufacture parts required for the retrofitting of existing stoves to use hydrogen gas and also the building of completely new hydrogen-stoves.

This is the largest research grant ever received by UTech as lead applicant. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Earle Wilson, Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Computing.  The expected duration of the research project is 36 months.  Other partners are Brunel University, UK, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Jamaica, The University of the West Indies, Pan Caribbean and Bureau of Standards, Jamaica.


PAHO/WHO Awards Research Contract to UTech

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), through the College of Health Sciences, has been awarded a contract by the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to undertake a research project titled “An Analysis of the Capacity of A&E Departments in the Caribbean to Manage Red Tag (Critical) Victims as well as to Mobilize and Manage On-Scene Advanced Medical Posts.” The Contract was signed on June 22, 2012, and will run until March 2013.

The evaluation component of Emergency Departments (EDs) under the Caribbean Mass Casualty Management (MCM) System is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the capabilities of Regional EDs, to effectively respond to, triage, treat, and stabilize victims in a Mass Casualty Setting.

The project is extremely relevant and important as it comes against the background of the Caribbean experiencing a significant increase in Mass Causality Incidents over the last decade. The most severe of these incidents was the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

Mr. Delwin Ferguson, Lecturer, School of Public Health and Health Technology, is the Principal Investigator; his collaborators are Dr. Cliff Riley, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research, College of Health Sciences, and Mrs. Nicole Slack-Liburd, Director of Health Policy & Planning/Health Disaster Coordinator, Ministry of Health, St. Kitts & Nevis. 


Powerful Research Resource: the Edward Seaga Database Collection is now available

Edward Seaga

The Edward Seaga Database Collection at www.macrodata.org is now available to the public.  The database is a new and powerful resource for researchers, investors, policymakers and those interested in Jamaica's past and future.

More than 700 macro-economic indicators (think of debt as a percentage of GDP, export/import figures, tax figures) were compiled by our Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC and his team. The data, which come directly from government sources, stretches from 1950 to the present and can be visualized and compared on the website, or downloaded free of cost by the user. Each of the more than 37,000 entries is cited directly from source, usually from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, the Bank of Jamaica, the Planning Institute, and the ministries of finance and education.

"It is something that had to be done," said Seaga of his technologically advanced project. "We can't have all this data out there in a disorganized manner." The new technology, and the fact that all the information can be accessed on the same website, combats the often time-consuming, tedious nature of data collection in Jamaica. "It took me three minutes to get the deficit as the percentage of GDP going back to the 1950s," he said. "It would have taken me at least three weeks otherwise."

The database marks Jamaica's entry into the world of open data, the current trend of governments making large swaths of data accessible to the public, online. Going forward, the Edward Seaga Database Collection will be updated and hosted by the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies (UWI).


Nkrumah-Young Publishes On Reforming Financing of Higher Education

The Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean (12, 1, 2010) has published the paper, “Reforming the Financing of Higher Education: Implications for Caribbean Administrators”, authored by Dr. Kofi Nkrumah-Young, Vice President, Planning and Operations and Associate Professor, Education Financing, UTech.

“This paper,” the Abstract says, “examines the philosophical underpinnings of the call for reforming the financing of higher education from the perspective of higher education administrators, politicians, and students. It argues that there are three underpinnings associated with the call: the entrepreneurial thrust, and the financing and resource allocation underpinnings. It then uses the experiences of some universities to point out challenges faced by Caribbean higher education institutions in their quest to reform. It also suggests actions that may be taken to combat the challenges.”

The paper, which is of direct and urgent significance to Dr. Nkrumah-Young’s own institution, the University of Technology, Jamaica, concludes that “it is clear that there needs to be reform of the financing arrangement for higher education in the Caribbean. However, there seems to be different reasons for the call depending on the point of view of the caller. For the politician and the students, the call is for the administrators to employ creative ways of raising additional income to subsidize its core function. Also for politicians, the call is for a reconsideration of the extent of subsidy provided by the state; and for the national HEIs, the call is for the state to change the way it determines how it channels state subsidy to participating institutions.”

“The fact of the matter,” Nkrumah-Young argues, “is that every call must be answered, but there must be enabling factors. The state, the individual institutions, and the higher education administrators must address the issues raised ... to ensure success of the entrepreneurial efforts of HEIs in the Caribbean. It is clear that given the economic realities of the countries of the Caribbean, cost sharing is a desired approach. However, if there is to be a change to an income-contingent loan system, then close attention needs to be given to the conditions precedent in order to ensure success. Finally, there needs to be equity in the distribution of the state subsidy to higher education.”

Dr. Nkrumah-Young, a former Head of Finance for UTech and a scholar in the field, is an expert on education financing. The Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean (JEDIC) is published by the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona.


UTech Lecturer Copeland Stupart Publishes on Jamaica’s Tourism: Sun, Sea and Sand to Cultural Heritage

 

Copeland

Copeland Stupart Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment,  UTech and PhD Candidate,  School of Planning, University of Waterloo article entitled, "Jamaica's Tourism: sun, sea and sand to cultural heritage" was published in the Journal of Tourism Insight, a peer reviewed journal. The article is co-authored by Robert Shipley PhD, MCIP, RPP, Associate Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada. The article may be accessed at:  http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/jti/vol3/iss1/4/.

Abstract
Traditionally, Jamaica has been seen and promoted as a sun, sea and sand, winter get-away with foreign-owned, multinational corporations (MNCs) having a controlling interest. Coupled with this, the policies adopted by the state to encourage tourism infrastructural development protected the interests of the MNCs and were seen by many Jamaicans as not being in the best interest of their country. As a result, high levels of resentment existed and at times boiled into open conflict between tourists and the Jamaican working class who viewed tourists as “confused white people.” While efforts were made to promote Jamaica’s tourism internationally, little was done to promote its benefits locally. Now, Jamaica’s tourism industry is at a watershed for even the innovative, largely indigenous and successful ”all-inclusive” concept has failed to market Jamaica other than as a sun, sea and sand destination. If Jamaica is to participate actively in global tourism and continue to make its presence felt in the tourism marketplace of the 21st century, indigenous and ‘authentic’ cultural heritage has to become a part of the tourism product. Also, the tourism industry has to continue to develop avenues through which the Jamaican working class can participate and derive meaningful benefits.

Keywords: Jamaica, tourism, multinational corporation, all-inclusive, cultural heritage


UTech Lecturer Yvonne Metz Co-Authors CSEC Study Guide

Yvonne Metz, Lecturer in the School of Business Administration, College of Business and Management has co-authored the publication of a CSEC study guide entitled: “Office Administration for CSEC.”   Ms. Metz is currently a lecturer assigned to the Administrative and Information Systems (AISM) programme in the School which she has served for many years in various capacities. The Office Administration for CSEC which was developed exclusively with the Caribbean Examinations Council is now available at bookstores island-wide and will be used by students throughout the Caribbean. 

Metz_co-Authors-study-guide

HIGHLIGHTING EXCELLENCE

UTech Student is NAJ/Lasco Nursing Student of the Year

 

Nursing_Student
Ms. Teisha Vaughn, third year UTech Nursing Student is congratulated by LASCO Chairman, Hon. Lascelles Chin, OJ.

Teisha Vaughn, third Year Nursing Student in the College of Health Sciences, Caribbean School of Nursing (CSON), UTech walked away with the coveted Nursing Student of the Year Award at the NAJ/LASCO Annual Nurse and Nursing Student of the Year Award ceremony held  at the Pegasus Hotel Saturday, July 21, 2012.  She received a Trophy from Honourable Lascelles A. Chin OJ, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the LASCO Group of Companies as well as cash and several gifts.

Ms. Vaughn continues to excel, as she was on the Dean's list last year and has been achieving academic excellence throughout her time as a nursing student. The combined scores of the two students, Miss Christan Black and Teisha Vaughn who entered the competition placed the CSON, UTech in second place among the Schools of Nursing. The University is extremely proud of our students’ achievements as we continue to prepare world class nurses.


Closing Ceremony for UTech Academy Students

Eighteen (18) students who successfully completed the Pre-University programme for the 2011-12 academic year at the UTech Academy were awarded completion certificates at the special closing ceremony held on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Greenfield stadium, Trelawny.  Sixteen of the students have matriculated into various degree programmes at UTech and will commence studies in the 2012/13 academic year.

President_congratulates_Academy_graduate
Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech congratulates Shantai Clarke on receiving her UTech Academy completion certificate.
Hodelin_congratulates_academy_graduate
Prof. Geraldene Hodelin, Director, UTech Academy congratulates Damor Williams on receiving his Pre-University completion certificate.

 


COMMUNITY SERVICE NEWS

UTech’s Teach the Youth programme developing young minds, forming the future

 

Speaker_teach_the_youthAudience_teach_the_youth
Members of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) Students’ Union Council and participants of the 2012 Teach the Youth Summer Outreach programme listen keenly to Miss Kenisha Linton (at podium), who served as  President, UTech Students’ Union, 2004 – 2005 and is now lecturer at Kingston University in London, UK.  Miss Linton delivered the keynote address at the official Opening Ceremony held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the UTech Papine campus.

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) Students’ Union hosted the Opening Ceremony for its annual ‘Teach the Youth’ summer outreach programme on Friday July 6, 2012 at the Caribbean Sculpture Park at the UTech Papine campus.

The programme, which ran from July 9 – 27, 2012, is designed to impact the lives of disadvantaged children and adolescents living in the Papine community and environs through the provision of developmental opportunities and mentorship.  The programme also seeks to combat illiteracy and promote social skills among youth which is in keeping with their theme, “Reform the Youth…Form the Future”.  This year, the programme was extended to include the Sandy Park community along with the communities of Kintyre, August Town, Tavern and Highlight View.   Approximately 1,000 beneficiaries from ages 6 to 18 years will be exposed to the fundamentals of the core subjects English Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Information Technology.  

Karen_manning
Mrs. Karen Manning-Henry, President (UTech) Students’ Union

President of the Students’ Union, Mrs. Karen Manning-Henry in addressing the audience which included community members and participants of the programme, said that a special component was added to this year’s activities in keeping with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.  The curriculum she said, would also provide knowledge-based activities dubbed, “Learn about Your Culture”, designed to provide participants with an understanding of the significance of this major national milestone and their role in Jamaica’s achievements. Other components she noted will focus on community development and capacity building.

Keynote speaker, Miss Kenisha Linton, former President for the UTech Students’ Union, 2004 – 2005 who is currently a lecturer at Kingston University in London, emphasized that “Teach the Youth is about providing an opportunity for disadvantaged children to engage in social activities and to learn” and that this experience could have a profound impact on their lives.

Use the opportunity wisely
She recalled the struggles that she had to endure due to financial constraints to acquire extra lessons in high school noting that she and her sibling were fortunate to have benefitted many times from the kindness of teachers who allowed them to sit in classes without paying.  Miss Linton said that deepened her appreciation for individuals who provided “free” academic lessons, which is not as prevalent a practice in today’s society. She then implored the prospective beneficiaries of the programme present to use the opportunity wisely and to return to their communities and share their new knowledge and skills acquired. 

Commendations
Miss Linton commended the Students’ Union on their continued efforts for facilitating and garnering support for Teach the Youth. She also applauded those individuals whose assistance is helping the University “to realise one of its own objectives” of maintaining an image of philanthropy and active student participation.

Volunteers for the “Teach the Youth” programme are drawn from the UTech community which include student teachers from the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies and academia and non-profit Government organizations such as the National Youth Service. 


2012 CSP CONFERENCE FOR AUGUST 23

CSP_conference

 


SPORTS NEWS

UTech/MVP Athletes Off to London Summer Olympics

 
Submitted by Moy-Ann Simpson, Dept. of Sport, UTech

Up and coming Track & Field athlete Rusheen McDonald and top MVP stars made it to the Olympics! O’Dayne Richards, Ricardo Cunningham top contenders for a spot!

At the recently held Jamaica National Senior Trials, the young, Rusheen McDonald, a 1st year student of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management placed 2nd in the 400m, 45:10s to earn his spot to represent Jamaica at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. O’Dayne Richards (one of the first Jamaican field events competitors to have ever won a world title, which was at the 2011 World University Championships in Shenzhen, China) again showed superb form, placing 2nd in Shot Put, 19.92m but needed a better distance to cement his spot on the Jamaican team.  O’Dayne Richards continues his studies in the CISCO Networking programme, having achieved his degree in Computer Science last year. Ricardo Cunningham, nick named “Lion heart” was unstoppable winning the 800m with an excellent time of 1:48:00, a mere 2 seconds short of the Olympic standard time of 1:46:00. The former student of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management who completed his certificate in Baking Technology will be pursuing his degree in Sports Management start of the 2012/13 academic year.

We are very proud of the performances of all the student athletes who have shown considerably growth over the years. A total of twenty four persons who are currently UTech student athletes competed at the trials with various levels of success. Well known faces Carrie Russell of the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies and Jacques Harvey of the School of Business Administration had a tough line-up to beat in the 100m. Carrie Russell made it to the semi finals, placing 10th overall with a time of 11:26 and Jacques Harvey, competing among the “big guns” placed 8th in the finals with a time of 10:17.

MVP stars, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Sherone Simpson, Shericka Williams, Kaliese Spencer, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Melaine Walker, Christine Day, Latoya Greaves, Michael Frater who all did superbly at the National trials having hopes of blazing a trail at the Olympics yet again!

Congratulations to all the student athletes and MVP stars who performed exceptionally well. The University community is rooting for their success at the Olympic Games and beyond.  

2012 National Trials Results of UTech/MVP Athletes:


Name

Event

Result (Time/Distance)

O’Dayne Richards

Shot Put / Discus

19.92m (2nd) / 58.31m (4th)

Rusheen Mc-Donald

400m

Finals: 45:10, (2nd place)

Jacques Harvey 

100m

Semi finals: 10:08, Finals: 10:17 (8th)

Carrie Russell

100m

Semi finals: 11:26 (10th)

Miguel Barton

400m

Semi finals: 46: 30 (12th)

Shanna- Kay Woollery

Shot Put

Finals 14: 83m (4th)

Nicholas Watson

100m / 200m

Semi finals 10:21/ 20:97 (11th \4th)

Julian Forte

200m

Finals 20:70 (6th)

Joseph Ramie

Long Jump

7.36m (6th)

Davian Haye

100m

10.74 (11th)

Kwisi McFarlane

100m / 200m

10.74 / 21.97 (26th)

Ricardo Cunningham

800m

1:48.00 (National Champion)

Darryll Oliver

800m

1:48.98 (3rd)

Adrian Tulloch

800m

1:53.28 (11th)

Willomena Williams

400m

56.69 (23th)

Jhaun Bryan

High Jump

1.90m (5th)

Rayon Robinson

Long Jump

6.39m (10th)

Winston Barnes

100m

10.28 semis 10.35 (16th)

Andrew Fisher

100m

10.57 (6th)

Venicha Baker

400m

54.5 (20th)

Genneva Greaves

Discuss

39.42 (10th)

Ramone Nichol

100m/200m

10.54 (1st)/21.51 (4th)

 

 

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce

100m/200m

1st/1st 10.70/22.10

Asafa Powell

100m

3rd 9.88

Nesta Carter

100m/200m

5th/6th 10.01/20.45

Sherone Simpson

100m/200m

4th/2nd 11.01/22.37

Shericka Williams

400m

4th 51.39

Kaliese Spencer

400H

2nd 55.04

Brigitte Foster-Hylton

100H

1st 12.68

Melaine Walker

400H

1st 54.77

Christine Day

400m

3rd 51.00

Anneisha McLaughlin

200m

4th 22.61

Michael Frater

100m

4th 9.94

Latoya Greaves

100H

2nd 12.77

Jermaine Jackson

Long Jump

2nd 7.76m

Ryan Lawrence

1500m

1st 3:52.58

Stephanie McPherson

400m/400H

53.92 (8th) Q, 53.53 (12th) semis

 

 

 


UTech/Scotiabank Chair Entrepreneurial Reflections Examines Developments in Sports Entrepreneurship 

Sports_reflections
Dr. Dennis Johnson, (right) former Director of Sport and Consultant, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, UTech gives members of the panel a hearty laugh as he makes a point  during the 6th  UTech/Scotiabank Chair Entrepreneurial Reflection held on July 18, 2012 at UTech.  From left are Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech, Mr. Bruce James, President, MVP Track and Field Club and Ms. Carole Beckford, President, The Business of Sport.

Sports entrepreneurship and its progression within Jamaica was the highlighted theme for the 6th  UTech/Scotiabank Chair Entrepreneurial Reflection held on July 18, 2012 at the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC), UTech. Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and UTech/Scotiabank Chair of Entrepreneurship and Development hosted the panel discussion which included personalities Dr. Dennis Johnson, OD, Consultant, Caribbean Schools of Sport Sciences and former Director of Sport, UTech, Mr. Bruce James, President, MVP Track and Field Club, UTech and Ms. Carole Beckford, President, The Business of Sport.

The Making of MVP
It was established that the MVP Track and Field Club was created out of a need to extend nationalism in athletics. The initial aim of the organization was to prove that Jamaica could train successful athletes to compete on an international level.  Mr. James explained that this intention had to be adjusted due to financial constraints which posed a challenge to the success of the organization. He recalled that it was difficult to gain support for his initiative from external stakeholders. He explained that high school coaches were mainly preoccupied with getting their athletes scouted by international sporting agents. To combat this challenge, MVP had to recruit “second-tier” athletes who were not considered as being the best at their craft and were not in high demand by scouts. Brigitte Foster-Hylton was the first athlete to join the MVP Track Club in an attempt to progress her athletic career. Tax placement on imported sporting equipment was another challenge noted by Mr. James.

The Importance of Education
The MVP President emphasized the importance for athletes to receive a quality education and stressed that the collaboration between the MVP Track and Field Club and UTech is vital to facilitating this particular function.

The training of athletes locally has provided many opportunities for Jamaican professionals to benefit economically due to the multi-dimensional career areas that athleticism offers. Mr. James noted further that the monetary benefits gained by local athletes also aid with the economic growth of the country.

The Role of Jamaicans
Ms. Carole Beckford in her reflections, revealed that lack of trust is problematic as people fail to understand what MVP underwent. Other areas of concern were integrity and credibility. She noted that people tend not to believe in a concept or idea until they receive “external justification” and advised that “we have to start trusting each other.”

She noted that track and field was not always perceived as a highly ranked sport but, due to MVP’s persistence that has changed.  She went on to state that she “wants to see entrepreneurs venture in other areas of sport, such as football, that is ranked higher” than athletics.

One avenue that was advised by Ms. Beckford that should be explored for revenue is merchandising which is a billion dollar industry untapped by Jamaica. She said that “entrepreneurship is not about commercializing a nation, it is about the documentation of a legacy” and strongly advised that stakeholders “take sport seriously.”

Research and Development 
Mr. Johnson added to the discussion by reflecting on the early stages of UTech’s track and field programme. He emphasized that “Jamaica has stars and elite athletes but, we need to learn the science of it” as research and development are integral aspects of the sport.

Utech_Knights
University of Technology Jamaica


Enrolment Notice for Academic Year 2012/13

 

Enrolment for Semester 1, Academic Year 2012/2013 for undergraduate students will open on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 and close on August 21, 2012.  All students are required to enrol online during this period.

 

FEES

  • Students are reminded to complete payment of tuition fees by Friday, August 17, 2012 to ensure the required two clear working days for financial clearance and to complete their enrolment.
    • Payment of 100% of fees for the modules selected must be made by the close of the enrolment period using any of the following options:
    • UTech Accounts Receivable using debit or credit card or manager’s cheque only
    • Paymaster locations islandwide
    • Bill Express locations island wide
    • National Commercial Banks (NCB) islandwide using account # 371360247
    • For NCB customers payments in local currency can be made using the bank’s e-banking facility at www.jncb.com or via Telemidas (1-888-622-3477)
    • UTech's online payment services using Keycard, Visacard or Mastercard only
  • Prior to registration, recipients of loans from the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) are required to pay all ancillary and miscellaneous fees not covered by the SLB.  The SLB covers tuition and examination fees only. SLB Applicants are urged to ensure that their loan is approved prior to the closure of the enrolment period.

 

ENROLMENT PROCEDURES

Online Module Selection and Enrolment Steps
Step 1: log on to the university's website at  www.utechjamaica.edu.jm
Step 2: Click on the Student Portal link on the homepage
Step 3: Click on link (log-in to UTech portal here)
Step 4: Click on the link and enter application number for username and enter your date of birth for your password
Step 5: After logging on you will be asked to change your password. Enter a new password
Step 6: while on the student home page. Click on the icon Student
Step 7: After Clicking on Student, you will be directed to a screen that shows student information
Step 8: Click on the Select your module, which will show modules detail and particular course of study
Step 9: Selection should be made from the two categories: non-specialization, specializationand electives
Step 10: If you are satisfied with your selection, click on Confirm Selection
Step 11: After confirming the Selections, there will be a summary of the modules shown as well as a link to: Click here to view your fees”
Step 12: Print the fee breakdown summary
Step 13: Exit from the system and proceed with the payment of your fees - Students should ensure that they pay their fees on time to ensure the completion of the enrolment procedure.

Completion of Enrolment Procedures
Step 1: Return to the Student Portal after payment of fees
Step 2: Click on the statement which says “Click here to enrol” located in the in-tray on the homepage
Step 3: Complete all 10 steps of the process after clicking on the message in the in-tray
Step 4: After completing the enrolment steps click on I Agree” to accept the University’s regulations and policies. You have successfully completed all your on-line enrolment steps.
Step 5: You can now proceed to print your personalized timetable and exit the system
Step 6: Proceed to the medical centre to submit your medical form or to make arrangements for the medical to be completed by the UTech Practitioner.  Students can visit the Montego Bay Campus Office to submit their completed medical forms.
Step 7: Boarding applicants for the Papine Campus are asked to visit the Accommodations Department before proceeding to the Department of Safety and Security to process identification cards.
Step 8: Proceed to the Department of Safety and Security located on the ground floor of the main Administration building at the Papine Campus to process your identification card or the Campus nearest you.
Step 9: Collect your student Handbook at the Campus nearest to you.  You are now a registered Student of the University.

ENROLMENT SUPPORT

  • The Admissions and Enrolment Management Call Centre at numbers 970-0962, 702-4059, 970-1580, 977-7608, 970-2965, 977-9617 will be opened from July 10 to August 31 during the hours of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from Mondays to Fridays.

 

University Registrar
July 4, 2012

 



WELCOME TO YOUR CAMPUS NEWSLETTER

Thank you for your tremendous and ongoing feedback on the UTech Communicator, your monthly campus newsletter. Do remember that this is your newsletter and should reflect your views. News and photographs on achievements, developments, upcoming and past events, and general interest articles are welcome from members of the university community.

We need you to help us improve the communication challenges at our dynamic institution and therefore crave your partnership in this regard. Let’s continue to keep the communication channels open and active.

 

Hector Wheeler
Director – Advancement
Development Division 
Tel: 970-5074
Fax:  977-9146
E-Mail: hwheeler@utech.edu.jm

Michelle Beckford
Corporate Communications Manager
Advancement Department
Development Division
Tel: 970-5299
Fax:  977-9146
E-Mail: mbeckford@utech.edu.jm