President’s Welcome Message

It is a pleasure for me to welcome our new and returning students for the 2017/2018 academic year. I assure you that you have made an excellent choice by selecting Jamaica’s national University to proceed on your lifelong journey of “Excellence through Knowledge.”

The holistic development of each of our over 13,000 students is the University’s first priority.  We commit to ensuring that all our students fulfil their intellectual potential in keeping with international standards of treatment and learning. The emphasis placed on the welfare of our students is based on the fact that they constitute the raison d’etre of the institution.

As a new student at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) you have joined a growing world-class learning institution that will prepare you to function effectively as a global citizen, equipped to contribute to development and to add value to organizations anywhere in the world.  Over 60,000 graduates of the institution CAST/UTech have the reputation of being industry-ready and are highly regarded in their various fields of endeavour in Jamaica, the Caribbean region and across the world. 

Welcome to your own new journey on an enriching and empowering student-centred experience as you grow and develop on your tertiary studies sojourn. 

As you commit yourselves to diligently pursuing your academic and personal development interests, I encourage you to keep in mind the seven University Core Values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Innovation and Team Sprit as standard practice in your everyday routines.  You will find these Core Values useful in developing good working relations with your fellow students and with your lecturers and members of the administrative staff, as we all work together towards the common goal of building a world-class university of which we can all feel proud.

I also encourage all our new students to fully participate in the rich diversity of campus life, as the experience gained will help to make you a more rounded individual.  Do take full advantage of the benefits of participating in cultural activities, in intellectual and sporting events, student clubs and societies as well as in community and volunteer service.

Again I welcome you warmly to the University of Technology, Jamaica and wish for you a successful and rewarding academic year

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD
President