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VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica |

April 2017


Dr Elaine Wallace, University Registrar addressing final year International Students at the 13th annual Registrar’s Dinner for International Students held

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Hotel Four Seasons, Kingston.


he Division of Students Services and Registry led by University Registrar,

Dr. Elaine Wallace, hosted a fitting farewell to final year international

students at the 13th annual Registrar’s Dinner for the group held on

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Hotel Four Seasons, Kingston. Thirty-eight

(38) international students are currently completing studies for the 2016/17

academic year and are drawn from eleven (11) different countries in the

Caribbean Region. Members of the diplomatic corps represented by some

of these countries participated in the farewell dinner with students.

In her address to the contingent of departing international students, Dr.

Elaine Wallace said that the farewell dinner in honour of the students was

initiated some thirteen years ago and is intended to “show our appreciation to

international students for having chosen UTech, Jamaica and to consolidate

the goodwill gained from our experiences together.” The Registrar noted

that the presence of international students adds an important diversity to

the student population and enriches cultural experiences for both students

and the administration. She expressed hope that the students would

continue to serve as alumni ambassadors in encouraging others from their

respective countries to attend UTech, Ja.

Guest Speaker, Deputy President, Prof. Colin Gyles in his address, further

thanked the students for choosing UTech, Jamaica. Noting that “UTech

Jamaica is committed to preparing all of our students to adapt to change as

they prepare to engage with the world and to be equal participants around

the table with their peers anywhere in the globe,” Prof. Gyles encouraged

the international students to think of ways in which they can use their newly

acquired knowledge and skills to create new business ventures and ideas

for change that will “generate wealth and well-being not only for yourself,

but for your families, your communities and your country.”

Several international students shared aspects of their UTech, Jamaica

experience. Mr Versel Hendrickson, President of the International Students

Association (UTISA) who hails from St. Kitts & Nevis reported that he had “a

full UTech experience” filled with meeting many new friends and attending

several “soca and baccanal parties.”

Miss Celess Maison from Trinidad and Tobago shared her inspiring, journey

that was filled with numerous challenges, struggles and setbacks, but which

she has successfully overcome through sheer resilience towards her dream

of studying to become an architect.

Registrar’s Dinner for Final Year International Students

Trinidadian final year Caribbean School of Architecture (CSA) student, Miss Celess

Maison shares her UTech, Ja. journey.