Voices April - September 2023

14 UTech, Jamaica Signs MoU with GoJ for 1000 STEM Scholarships to build out the Knowledge Process Outsourcing Industry Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, (seated centre) Professor Haldane Johnson (seated left), Acting Deputy President, University of Technology, Jamaica and Ms. Nickiesha Walsh, Executive Director, Students’ Loan Bureau affix their signatures on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among the three institutions for the implementation of the Government of Jamaica’s 1000 STEM Scholarships valued at $2.4 billion over the next five cohort of new undergraduate students in need who meet the matriculation requirements for STEM courses of study offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at UTech, Jamaica. Witnessing the historic signing (standing from left) are Mr. Lloyd Carney, Chancellor, UTech, Jamaica, Hon. Marsha Smith, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Youth and Professor Sean Thrope, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, UTech, Jamaica. The MoU was signed at a special ceremony held July 6, 2023, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Speaking at the launch and signing ceremony, Dr. The Honourable Nigel Clarke stated that the support being provided to UTech, Jamaica through the government’s STEM scholarship programme must be viewed within the context of Jamaica being a “small, open economy that has an inextricable, independent link with the outside world,” adding that “because we are an open economy, we have to always be concerned with our ability to trade with the outside world and to earn foreign exchange.” 10 7 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica niversity of Technology, Jamaica on, July 6, 2023, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Jamaica through its Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) for the implementation of 1,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholarships valued at $2.4 B. The needs-based STEM scholarship is geared towards providing support to new undergraduate students of the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing over the next five years who are in financial need and who meet the matriculation requirements. U Continued on page 8