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

August - September 2017



Tech, Jamaica through its Faculty of The Built Environment has forged

a partnership with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority

(RADA) for the development of a Master of Science (MSc) degree in

Integrated Rural Development slated to come on stream in 2018. The two

entities on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding

(MoU) at the Papine campus, formally paving the way for the development

of the programme.

Welcoming the partnership, President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie said that

“as Jamaica’s National University, UTech, Jamaica shares unequivocally in

the Government of Jamaica’s thrust to focus on strategies to significantly

develop the country’s rural communities.” Prof. Vasciannie in pointing to

a number of longstanding issues that have faced rural communities in

Jamaica remarked that “we need to move to a situation in which we accept

that rural communities constitute economic drivers for development in the


RADA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Peter Thompson said that the

graduate study programme will foster practical solutions to challenges

impacting rural communities. He pointed to a number of global examples of

partnerships between industry and academia that have resulted in solutions

to problems faced by communities. He noted that UTech, Jamaica’s

“practical and hands-on approach” to the course of study augurs well for

advancing RADA’s strategic objectives.

Dr. Amani Ishemo, Associate Professor, FOBE who has been leading the

development of the MSc in Integrated Rural Development, with RADA since

June 2016, provided an overview of the graduate programme.

Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD, President,

University of Technology, Jamaica (centre)

and Mr. Peter Thompson, CEO, RADA sign

a Memorandum of Understanding for the

development of a Master of Science degree in

Integrated Rural Development, during a special

ceremony held on Tuesday, July 1, 2017 at

the University’s Papine campus. Looking on is

Dr. Garfield Young, Dean, Faculty of The Built


UTech,Ja/RADA partners from left, front row:

Dr. Amani Ishemo, Associate Professor, Faculty

of the Built Environment (FOBE), Ms. Marina

Young, Principal Director (Acting), Technical

Services, RADA, Mr. Peter Thompson, CEO,

RADA, Mrs. Winsome Phillips, Principal Director,

Corporate Services, RADA, Mrs. Anthea

Ramsay-Waisome, Acting Senior Director, HRM

& Administration, RADA, Mr Winston Simpson,

Principal Director, Field Services RADA.

Second row from left are Dr. Garfield Young,

Dean, FOBE and Professor Stephen Vasciannie,

CD, President, UTech, Jamaica.

UTech, Jamaica Signs MoU with RADA for

Development of MSc in Rural Development