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UTech, Ja Alumni News – Michael Lorde, We Miss You! July 21, 2017

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The Alumni Community of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) regrets the passing of Alumnus Michael Lorde, Senior Architect, Marvin Goodman & Associates, Lecturer in the Caribbean School of Architecture, UTech, Jamaica, Vice President, Jamaica Institute of Architects, and Set Designer, Grand Gala, as well as the National Pantomime. (more…)

UTech Ja News: Congratulations Prof. Paul Golding July 11, 2017

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UTech, Jamaica MEMORABILIA! Order Yours Today!! July 7, 2017

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UTech, Ja Alumni News: Congratulations Clavery Allen, Fulbright Awardee 2017-2018 July 7, 2017

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ClaveryAllen Fulbright 2017The US Embassy in Kingston recently announced the 2017-2018 awardees of their Fulbright Graduate Student and the Fulbright (LASPAU) Faculty Development Programmes

The Alumni Community of the University of Technology, Jamaica extends CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Clavery Allen, Alumnus, Head, School of Business Administration and Accounting Lecturer, UTech, Jamaica. Clavery will be pursuing his doctorate in accounting at the University of Arkansas, in the USA.

We wish Clavery well in his ongoing professional development and excellence in his academic pursuits. Read Full Story in Jamaica Observer Below

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JOB ADVT: Volunteers for Fiwi Jamaica Project, UTech, Jamaica July 7, 2017

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Volunteers needed for “FiWi Jamaica” Project

 

The University of Technology, Jamaica invites applications for Volunteers in the execution of the “Fi Wi Jamaica” project. The overarching goal of the “Fi Wi Jamaica” project is to empower members of socially excluded and vulnerable groups through social, cultural and economic interventions that strengthen public demand and advocacy for their respect, dignity, and freedom from discrimination and violence. (more…)

UTech, Ja: Caribbean Case Researchers Association, Launch & Workshops – July 5 -7, 2017 June 23, 2017

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UTech, Ja: Congratulations Ronnie Sutherland, Distinguished Past Student Awardee 2017 June 7, 2017

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Distinguished Past Student, 2017

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Ronald “Ronnie” Sutherland, Distinguished Past Student, 2017, UTech, Jamaica and General Manager, FYAH 105 FM

The Alumni Community of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja) wishes to express heartfelt admiration and congratulations to Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Sutherland, President, Alumni Association, UTech and General Manager, FYAH 105 FM, on being the recipient of the Distinguished Past Student Award, 2017, University of Technology, Jamaica.  The award was shared at the University’s 47th Annual Awards Ceremony, held Friday, May 26th, 2017 at the Papine Campus.

Below we share the citation read in honour of Ronnie, who has enjoyed a vibrant and robust career across multiple industries, and has served his Alma Mater, UTech Jamaica, commendably.

We continue to wish him much success in his personal and professional life, and look forward to experiencing his ongoing positive engagement with our University.


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Since leaving UTech, Ja., Ronald Sutherland has distinguished himself in a variety of industries inclusive of  broadcast media, manufacturing and sales and marketing. Mr. Sutherland received a Diploma in Engineering from CAST and later a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Additional studies in Business and Management in the United Kingdom further equipped him for what would become his life’s work. The valuable experience gained by stints at CVM TV, Lasco Group of Companies, Jamaica Producers Group and the Seprod Groups, among others, has established him as an expert in areas of Strategic/Tactical Planning, Business and New Programme Development, Regulatory Compliance, Recruitment and Team Management. Through his expertise in these areas, he has made significant contribution to the social, political and economic life of Jamaica. He is currently the General Manager of S and B Communications Ltd. FYAH 105 FM, Jamaica’s latest radio station which currently ranks 6th of 32 radio stations. (more…)

PHOTOS UTech, Ja: President’s Alumni Reception, 2017 June 6, 2017

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On Thursday, June 1st, 2017, the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) hosted its President’s Alumni Reception. Over 130 Alumni and staff attended to show #Goodwill to new President Prof. Stephen Vasciannie and their Alma Mater, UTech, Jamaica. The #UTechJamaicaPride of our Alumni is truly INSPIRING!

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW TO ENJOY THE EVENT ALBUM!

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Join Toastmasters @ UTech, Ja April 20, 2017

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Dear UTech, Jamaica Alumni,

You are invited to join the Toastmaster’s group hosted by UTech, Jamaica

 

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UTech, Ja Alumni GIVEAWAYS!!! Click to Win 2 Tickets to the UTech, Ja Track & Field Classics 2017 – Sat, 15th April, 2017 April 12, 2017

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ATTENTION #UTechJamaica Alumni – WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE UTechJamaica #Track&FieldClassics Scheduled for This Sat, 15th April, 2017.

QUESTION: “Name all the UTech, Ja. Presidents in the order in which they served in that role.” (more…)

UTech, Ja: 9th Track & Field Classic, April 15, 2017 April 7, 2017

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UTech, Ja: APPLY TODAY >> MSc, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change April 5, 2017

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WYou are invited to apply for the new MSc Sustainable Energy and Climate Change,  offered by the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja) .  Please see information links and the course brochure below. (more…)

LIVE STREAM >> Installation Ceremony, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, President UTech Jamaica, 14-03-2017 March 14, 2017

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TODAY @ 4 PM >>>> LIVE STREAM of Installation of Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, OD New President, #UTechJamaica

Below are URL links to the live stream of the President’s Installation Ceremony

http://www.utechjamaica.edu.jm/events/ceremony-for-the-installation-for-prof-stephen-vasciannie-4th-president

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UTech, Ja Pharmacy Alumni & CIPPPAR Fundraising Gala, 25th Feb, 2017 February 20, 2017

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UTech Ja: Prof Vasciannie, CD Meets with PM Holness, ON, MP, 31-Jan-2017 February 3, 2017

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Today I met with the new President of the University of Technology (UTECH), Stephen Vascianne, and offered my congratulations on his appointment. I was pleased to hear of plans to strengthen the programmes offered at the University as well as placing more emphasis on carrying out research activities to develop human knowledge. Andrew Holness, Facebook, 31st January, 2017.

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UTech, Jamaica Alumni Community Welcomes President – Prof. Stephen Vasciannie January 13, 2017

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“….remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

Dear Alumni of CAST – UTech, Jamaica,

You are invited to share brief, personal words of welcome to our 4th and newest President — Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD. Prof. Vasciannie began his tenure as President on January 3, 2017.

Please use the “Add a comment” section found at the top of this blog post to personally welcome Prof. Vasciannie and share one (1) wish you may have for the ongoing development of our University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica).

We commit to share your comments with Prof. Vasciannie. This will surely convey the strong spirit of goodwill that we the CAST  – UTech, Jamaica community of over 170,000 graduates, based locally, regionally and internationally have towards our Alma Mater.

Thanks for your participation and continued support of UTech, Jamaica.


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UTech Jamaica: Prof. Vasciannie Shares Vision for UTech, Jamaica at First Staff Meeting January 11, 2017

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Prof. Vasciannie Shares Vision for UTech, Jamaica at First Staff Meeting

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Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD (at podium) President, delivers his inaugural address to members of faculty and staff during a general staff meeting held at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium, UTech, Jamaica Papine campus on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  Seated at the head table are Mr. Richard Powell, Pro-Chancellor,  who introduced the President and Dr. Elaine Wallace, University Registrar.

 

A capacity audience of members of faculty and administrative staff turned out at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech, Jamaica’s Papine campus on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for an introductory meeting with new President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD.

 

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In his wide ranging address to staff, Prof. Vasciannie shared his personal vision for his stewardship as President of the University, which he emphasized, will be anchored by an inclusive approach to decision making.  “It is prudent for me to continue consultations with the various stakeholders of the UTech, Ja. community with a view to ascertaining your perspectives,” he said, adding that “I will seek to find out your own vision for the institution: where are we now, in your view? Where should we seek to go? And what are some of the constraints that limit the great potential that UTech, has in serving Jamaican society and the wider Caribbean.”

The incoming President articulated his intention to oversee an “inclusive institution where attention is paid to the views of the different stakeholders.”  To thunderous applause from the gathering, Prof. Vasciannie underscored that his modus operandi will be one of  open channels of communication, “transparency, fairness, justice and integrity” as principled components of his personal vision in working together with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the good name, reputation and advancement of UTech, Jamaica.

Meetings with Internal and External Stakeholders

Turning his attention to some of the varied issues and concerns which have been raised by internal and external stakeholders during a series of meetings and courtesy calls since taking up office on January, 3, Prof. Vasciannie noted that he will engage in further discussions before putting forward a detailed statement on the various matters.

During the course of last week he participated in meetings with the management team, heads of the three staff unions, Minister of Education, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid and other senior officers in the Ministry and the University’s Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC.  Prof. Vasciannie noted that further consultative meetings will include the Students’ Union Council and visits to UTech, Jamaica’s other campuses over the next few weeks.

Prof. Vasciannie specially thanked his predecessor Prof. Colin Gyles who acted as President for the period August 2015 to December 2016 for his “hard work in holding the fort” and for being a source of information about developments at UTech, Ja.  He also expressed gratitude to Dr. Haldane Johnson who acted as Deputy President during that period and extended appreciation to the Council led by Pro-Chancellor Mr. Richard Powell who was key in his recruitment as President, as well as to University Registrar, Dr. Elaine Wallace and Deputy Chairman of Council, Mr. Michael McAnuff Jones “who have been instrumental in providing guidance and insight.”

Student-Friendly Environment

The new President’s well-received address was punctuated with nodding approvals and spontaneous applause as he outlined a number of operational areas he would like to see bolstered.  Among them – an enhanced student-friendly environment and the promotion of student scholarship, interests and learning.  He also called for greater focus on independent research and publishing that will feature aspects of the work of UTech, Jamaica in the context of the Jamaican society.

Referencing an held opinion that UTech, Jamaica should “focus on technology and scientific matters and leave other subjects to other places,” Prof. Vasciannie emphasized that “our focus on technology and scientific matters need not prompt us to ignore other issues,” pointing out that areas such as business related studies leading to commercial activities are of profound significance to Caribbean societies.  Prof. Vasciannie also noted that UTech, Jamaica should maintain its commitment to teaching and research in the humanities, law and other areas which are not purely scientific.  “There is no case for any one institution having a monopoly, by right, over any area of study in a Jamaica committed to competition, increased opportunities and enhanced enrolment for students,” he affirmed, to loud applause from the large gathering of staff present.

Alternative Funding Opportunities

Prof. Vasciannie rounded out his twenty-minute presentation with the matter of the University’s well-known financial constraints and the dwindling funding from central Government.  He proffered the need to “work more assiduously to promote alternative sources of funding,” citing greater partnership with the private sector at home and abroad within the ambit of “good governance practices and transparency.”

He ended his remarks with an appeal for reconciliation and healing within the University community.  “I suggest that we work calmly and carefully to heal the breaches that may exist within our community,” he said, adding that  “reconciliation does not require us to abandon our principles and values, but it requires us to listen to each other.” Noting that “UTech has made valuable, practical contributions to the lives of thousands of Jamaicans,” he called for a “redoubling of our efforts to continue our major contribution to national development, to serve our students, to enhance research and innovation for development, and to improve social understanding as Jamaica seeks to move from the Third World to the First.”

A robust question and answer session followed in which the President responded to questions and comments made by members of faculty and staff.

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President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie greets members of faculty and staff who warmly welcomed him following his address


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UTech, Jamaica: President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie Pays Courtesy Call on Chancellor Seaga January 11, 2017

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President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie Pays Courtesy Call on Chancellor Seaga

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WELCOME ON BOARD: The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC (right) Chancellor, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) welcomes Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD, President, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) during a courtesy call on him on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Mr. Seaga’s Distinguished Fellow Offices at UWI, Mona. Prof. Vasciannie was accompanied by Michael McAnuff-Jones, Deputy Chairman of Council and Dr. Elaine Wallace, University Registrar. Prof. Vasciannie took up office as President of UTech, Jamaica on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. His courtesy call on the Chancellor is part of a series of on boarding activities to introduce Prof. Vasciannie to the University’s internal and external stakeholders. 


 

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UTech Jamaica President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Education January 11, 2017

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President, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Education

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WELCOME ON BOARD: Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, CD (left), Minister of Education, Youth and Information and Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD, President, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) share a hearty laugh during a courtesy call on the Minister at the Ministry of Education on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Prof. Vasciannie took up office as President of UTech, Ja. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.   Prof. Vasciannie’s courtesy call on the Minister of Education is part of a series of on boarding activities to introduce him to the University’s internal and external stakeholders.  Looking on is Robert Miller, Senior Advisor to the Minister.

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Prof. Vasciannie (1st right) makes a point during the meeting with Minister Ruel Reid (centre).  Prof. Vasciannie was accompanied by Mr. Michael McAnnuf-Jones (2nd right), Deputy Chairman of Council and Dr. Elaine Wallace (3rd right), University Registrar. Participating in the meeting from left are Dr. Grace McLean, Chief Education Officer, Mr. Robert Miller, Senior Advisor to the Minister and Mr. Dean-Roy, Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.

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UTech, Jamaica Welcomes New President – Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD January 6, 2017

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University of Technology, Jamaica

Welcomes

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD

President

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Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD

 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica), led by Mr. Michael McAnnuf-Jones, Deputy Chairman of Council this morning welcomed Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD who assumed duties today, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 as President.

On his arrival, Mr. McAnnuf-Jones and Dr. Elaine Wallace, University Registrar presented Members of Council, University Officers, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, and other members of Executive Management and staff.

Prof. Vasciannie in his response said that he “looks forward to working with the University’s Registrar, Council and all members of staff to make the University a better place.”  He added that, “the University has great potential to contribute to Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean,” and  that he will be meeting with all stakeholders to discuss the way forward.

Mr. Micheal McAnnuf-Jones, Deputy Chairman of Council who represented Pro-Chancellor, Mr. Richard Powell, in welcoming Prof. Vasciannie expressed appreciation on behalf the University’s Council for the patience demonstrated by all stakeholders during the search for a new President. He specially thanked Prof. Colin Gyles, Deputy President and Dr. Haldane Johnson, Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies who served as Acting President and Acting Deputy President respectively for their commitment to the University during the period.

As President, Prof. Vasciannie will carry out the functions of chief academic and administrative officer of the University, reporting directly to the Council, through its Chairman, the Pro-Chancellor. He will be principally responsible for implementing the Council’s policies, and will exercise such executive powers as necessary for the proper administration and operation of the University.

He has been a member of the Jamaican Bar for twenty years, and worked at the United Nations and at the Wall Street Law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell as a member of the New York Bar in the 1990s.  His illustrious career in academia has included senior appointments at the University of the West Indies, and he served as Principal of the Norman Manley Law School from 2008 to 2012.  Within the University of the West Indies, Professor Vasciannie has won various awards for outstanding teaching and research.

Prof. Vasciannie has served with great distinction in both the private and public sectors.  He has been a Deputy Solicitor General for Jamaica, has been a member of the Board of Scotiabank Jamaica, and has chaired the Boards of Scotia Investment Jamaica and of his alma mater, Kingston College.

Between 2012 and 2015, he served as Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).  In the latter capacity, he was elected Chairman of the Permanent Council of the OAS for the period August to October 2012, and as Chairman of the OAS Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs for the year 2014 to 2015.

For his services to Jamaican Education, Law and International Relations, Prof. Vasciannie received the national award of Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 2015.

The UTech, Jamaica family welcomes Professor Vasciannie.

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Dr. Elaine Wallace (left), University Registrar and Mr. Michael McAnnuf-Jones (right), Deputy Chairman of Council present Mr. Stephen Vasciannie to Council Members, University Officers, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents and other members of Executive Management.

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