President’s Welcome Message

It is my pleasure to welcome new students for the 2018/19 Academic Year. You have joined a growing world-class teaching and learning institution that is committed to student-centred learning.  Our students constitute the raison d’etre of the institution and as such, every student is given the opportunity to learn, develop, grow and reach his/her full potential to contribute to nation building and to function effectively as a global citizen, equipped to contribute to development anywhere in the world.

The holistic development of our students is the University’s first priority and we commit to providing you with an enriching and empowering experience on your voyage of self-discovery, lifelong learning, personal and professional development.

With this in mind, in addition to your academic pursuits, all students have access to participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities in community service, sports, arts and culture.  I encourage you to take full advantage of these opportunities throughout your university sojourn.  I urge you to read your Handbook which is a ready reference for all academic regulatory guidelines and for pertinent information on university operations and services.

In 2018, UTech, Jamaica is marking its significant 60th anniversary milestone of service in higher education to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean Region. Over its 60 year history, the institution has been a centrepiece of the nation’s development, closely connected with the social and economic development of Jamaica. Over 50,000 graduates are making a contribution to development locally and across the globe in various sectors including engineering, architecture, pharmacology, dentistry, public health, allied health professions, tourism, hospitality, TVET,  science education and the legal profession.

We remain committed to responding to national, regional and international labour market needs through relevant, quality academic offerings.  The quality assurance system at the university includes audits, programme accreditation, academic advisement, student instructor-module evaluation and monitoring and evaluation of the delivery of the curriculum. I urge our new students to take an active role in participating in these processes as your inputs will help us to maintain and surpass your expected standards of excellence.

As you begin your journey with UTech, Jamaica and commit yourselves to diligently pursuing your academic and personal development interests, I encourage you to be mindful of the University’s Core Values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Innovation and Team Sprit

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


Professor Stephen Vasciannie