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A Petition And The Responsibilities Of The Citizen – Martin Henry April 14, 2019

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Published: Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:17 AM | jamaica-gleaner.com

“Congress shall make no law…abridging … the right of the people to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”

– First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America


While the 36,315 enumerated voters in Portland Eastern were enduring the campaigning for their votes and deciding who to vote for from two mostly indistinguishable political parties, as far as policies, plans and programmes are concerned, or not to vote at all, I signed a petition.

Voting is only one element of a citizen’s political engagement in a democracy. And it may not even be the most important one. The overwhelming majority of the 53.5 per cent who marked their X have gone back home to endure the non-fulfillment of campaign promises, to remain disengaged from their parliamentary representative, and to patiently wait for the next election, merely “voters”. (more…)


Overseas Scholarships through the Ministry of Finance & the Public Service April 9, 2019

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The Scholarships and Assistance Unit, Public Service Establishment Division, manages the GOJ Civil Service Training  Programme and acts as Point of Contact for the various donor Agencies and Countries offering technical assistance to the Government under bilateral and multilateral agreements. In this regard, this office is responsible for disseminating information on training and study opportunities as they become available. For all the courses, unless otherwise stated, application forms are available at this office.

Click Here To Review the Latest Scholarship Offers!


NOTE: The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja) shares career and other opportunities on this blog, sourced from non-UTech, Ja entities and organizations, based locally and overseas. This is done as an information service to its alumni community and other users. UTech, Ja is not liable for any loss or damage, personal or otherwise from the use of said information.  UTech, Ja does not guarantee that your participation in any of the activities referenced will be a good and safe decision for you.  It is understood that users of the blog will do their own research and proper due diligence, to determine what is a profitable and safe opportunity, before committing to any action.


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Funding UTech, Cast Thy Bread April 7, 2019

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The University of Technology, Jamaica Academic Staff Union (UTASU) joins the debate about the viability of the national university and the unique and vital contribution it must make if Jamaicans from all walks of life are to be empowered with skills to excel in the 21st century and create the nation we all deserve and desire.


Much has been achieved in the past, but the university must be properly funded and resourced to continue to excel in teaching, service and research. A major issue which hampers the university’s ability to better serve the needs of its main stakeholders — students — is the annual per capita subvention from the Government of Jamaica.

Learn More at jamaicaobserver.com Monday August 20th, 2018


Celebrating UTech, Jamaica Alumni – Arlando Dunkley, Recipient PCJ Renewable Energy Scholarship 2019 April 1, 2019

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go-jamaica.com/firstlook/April 1, 2019

Postgraduate student at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.), Arlando Dunkley has been awarded the 2019 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Renewable Energy Scholarship. (more…)

Outstanding Alumni Awardees, UTech, Jamaica, 60th Anniversary Celebrations, 28-03-2019 March 30, 2019

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The University of Technology, Jamaica is pleased to present Alumni of distinction who were successfully nominated for the Outstanding Alumni Award 2019, in celebration of the University’s 60th Anniversary. The awards were presented to the 19 recipients on the occasion of the Presentation of the Chancellor’s Medal and the Outstanding Alumni Award, on Thursday, 28th March, 2019 at the Papine Campus.

Also worthy of note was Elaine Thompson, Olympic Medalist, and Double Olympic Champion, who received the most prestigious award of our University, the Chancellor’s Medal.

Chancellor’s Special Recognition Awards were given to the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

Award – The Chancellor’s Medal


Elaine Thompson, UTech Knight, Olympian, Winner of 100 metres and 200 metres, Rio Olympics 2016


Outstanding Alumni Awards
in Celebration of
UTech, Jamaica’s 60th Anniversary


Award Category – Service to the University

Ms. Karlene-Black

Ms. Karlene Black, Senior Lecturer, Former Vice Dean. Faculty of Engineering & Computing, UTech, Jamaica


WANTED: Alumni to Volunteer for Mock Interviews, Account Seminar, UTech, Ja March 26, 2019

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Dear Prospective Interviewer:

 UTech, Ja. Accounting Seminar Mock Interview Series 2019

The University of Technology, Jamaica Accounting Seminar specially invites you to participate in our annual Mock Interview Series which will be held on Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The two weeks of activities are designed to engage various Employers, Human Resource Personnel, Training Managers and those who are influential in the world of work.  Interviews will be conducted with our Accounting Seminar students to prepare them for job interviews. This mock interview forms part of the list of assessments for the students.  (more…)

Job Advt: Marketing & Sales Officer March 25, 2019

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Triple A Sports & Technology Limited wishes to hire a Marketing & Sales Officer. The successful candidate should have the following: (more…)

International Law & the Diplomat -Distinguished Public Lecture, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, President, UTech, Jamaica, Thur March 21, 2019 March 20, 2019

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Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD – March 21, 2019

What factors explain special treatment for diplomats, and is this special treatment justified?  Are diplomats above the law?  Do they pay taxes?  May they be arrested for wrongdoing?  May they be sued?  Are diplomatic premises foreign territory?  What general rules apply to diplomats, and to what extent does Jamaica follow these rules? (more…)

JOB ADVT: Corporate Service Director March 17, 2019

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A Company is in need of a Corporate Service Director with strong IT background, some HR, Admin and Marketing skills. (more…)

Martin Henry | UTech, Ja Research And Subvention March 17, 2019

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….It is a story I knew as a columnist in conversations with Dr Sangster long before going to UTech. And a story that continues to today.

UTech should not have expanded programmes, although the politicians want more young Jamaicans in tertiary education, and the Government has set up training schools like Nursing and Public Health to become units of the university. UTech should not have built out graduate education programmes requiring more staff not on the 1990s ‘establishment’. (more…)

Alumni Assn, UTech, Ja Mingle, Thurs 4th April, 2019 March 14, 2019

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The Alumni Association, UTech, Jamaica
Invites you to come
as we celebrate Institutional Accreditation (more…)

UTech, Ja Distinguished Lecture – Dennis Johnson, UTech, Ja and the Jamaican Sprint Factory by Prof. Colin Gyles March 4, 2019

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Topic: Dennis Johnson, UTech, Ja and The Jamaica Sprint Factory

Date: This Thursday, March 7, 2019 (more…)

UTech and economic growth – Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, President March 3, 2019

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Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, President


What role does the University of Technology, Jamaica play in promoting economic growth in Jamaica? What is our mandate, and how do we go about delivering on that mandate? As the University approaches the end of its 60th year, it may be a good time to recall the University’s role in national life.

I am also prompted to offer the following observations because some commentators are apt to speak as if a University is a supermarket into which you may walk to purchase ready-made solutions for problems. They look at heavily-funded institutions with highly specialised facilities subsidised by industry in the metropole and assume that such institutions can be reproduced in Jamaica overnight, without a serious infusion of money. CLICK LINK FOR FULL STORY.

Jamaica Observer | Sunday, February 17th, 2019


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UTech, Knights Have Your Say – What’s the Value of UTech, Jamaica’s Contribution to Jamaica? March 1, 2019

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Alumni Have Your Say

We believe that your perspectives will help educate the public on the great value of UTech, Jamaica’s contribution to Jamaica. The question is as follows:

Q: What is the value of UTech, Jamaica’s
Contribution to Jamaica?


UTech, Knights Have Your Say – What’s The Value of UTech, Jamaica’s Contribution to Jamaica | UTech, Jamaica Government Subvention Issue

Dear UTech, Knights and Friends,

In a letter to the editor of the Jamaica Observer, dated Monday 25th February, 2019 one Lipton Matthews wrote “UTech protest unwise” and made this reference Taxpayers could easily ask UTech to quantify its contribution to Jamaica, and if results show that the value created by the university is less than the input of taxpayers, then they will argue that UTech must receive less funding” (more…)

UTech, Jamaica Government Subvention Issue February 21, 2019

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Recent news reports tell us that the House of Representatives has approved the second Supplementary Estimates. The Government plans to spend an additional $11.45 billion for this financial year. The Minister of Finance’s statement on the matter should be noted. He said that this “favourable fiscal performance resulted from a confluence of higher than projected revenue and grants and below programmed expenditure”.

Among the increases that were announced was a $963-million increase in subvention for The University of the West Indies (UWI). There is no doubt that UWI deserves every bit of these funds, and more. Stakeholders at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) had been expectant that there would be an increase in subvention. But, alas! Not a penny for the national university. There is no evidence so far that efforts are being made to address the glaring inequity in the per student subvention allocation for UTech’s students. Why was UTech ignored, again?


JOB ADVT: Management Information Specialist, Institute of Jamaica February 18, 2019

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Management Information Specialist (MIS/IT 3)

 Management Information Specialist (MIS/IT 3) at the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, salary range JA$1,010,789 per annum – $1,201,511 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.

Job Purpose

To provide technical support in the areas of Website Development, Administration and Management, Cyber Security, Creation of Online and Mobile Application and Computer Repair and Maintenance for the Institute of Jamaica, in particular the Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) division.

             Key Responsibilities

Management /Administrative Responsibilities

  • Prepares monthly reports
  • Assists with budget preparation

Technical/Professional Responsibilities:

  • Provides first level computer and technology support to NHMJ, including hardware and software maintenance and IT best practices. 
  • Provides information technology support, consultation and training for IT related projects and or activities.
  • Assists Database Administrator with back-up of all IOJ-wide databases and digital assets management systems.
  • Liaises with IT Department on procurement of computer systems, hardware and software required for IT related projects/processes done within the NHMJ.
  • Designs, develops and administers websites for nine (9) of IOJ’s major websites, as well as the three (3) Jamaica Clearing-House websites, including the Jamaica Biosafety and Biodiversity for High Schools.  
  • Designs and implements online/mobile applications for dissemination of information throughout the organisation.
  • Collaborates with NHMJ’s staff, recommends and or implements IT related innovative solutions.
  • Assists NHMJ’s staff in digitization and GIS related training and or activities.
  • Provides technical assistance with the development and maintenance of Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Assists System Administrator in the operation of ArcGIS Server management.
  • Reports to the IT Department on updates for licenses and software in the NHMJ.
  • Assists the IT Department in the development and implementation of IOJ-wide data back-up and security procedures.
  • Assists the IT Department in the research and implementation of new or emerging technologies to fulfil NHMJ’s functional needs.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves computer related problems throughout IOJ.
  • Assists in the creation of interactive content for NHMJ Exhibition Gallery’s touchscreen Kiosks, Mobile Exhibit(s) and Virtual Museum.
  • Provides technical assistance to IOJ’s Outreach Mobile Exhibit periodically.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019, UTech, Jamaica Alumni February 14, 2019

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This song “Perhaps Love” by John Denver and sung with Placido Domingo, is Dedicated to All Alumni of UTech, Jamaica.
Enjoy Your Day! Enjoy Your Life!
We Appreciate Your Consideration and Support Throughout The Years!

Perhaps Love – John Denver

Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home


INVITATION: Alumni Assn, UTech Lyme, Tues 19th Feb, 2019 February 6, 2019

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Mr. Ronnie Sutherland, President of the Alumni Association, UTech extends a warm invitation to you, to join him and the members of the Association Executive at the Alumni Association’s Lyme, February 2019.


Guest: Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, President, UTech, Jamaica.
He will provide an update on our University’s recent receipt of Institutional Accreditation status.

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Venue: JN 2 Belmont Road, Kingston 5

CONTACT The Alumni Association, UTech
RSVP by Monday, February 11, 2019
By Phone: 876-355-0148
By email to UTech Alumni Membership – utechalumnimembership@gmail.com


UTech, Ja: Textile & Fibre Workshop, Feb 13-27, 2019 February 5, 2019

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JOB ADVT: Admin Support, Community Service & Development, UTech, Jamaica February 1, 2019

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Department of Community Service & Development

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) seeks to identify a suitable candidate to fill the following posts in the Department of Community Service & Development:

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