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  • Now 85 per cent complete, work on the facility is among the various infrastructural improvements taking place at the university as part of the UTech Enhancement Project.
  • The project aims to enhance the university’s capacity to provide quality-level education in Jamaica through expansion and upgrading of the school plant.
  • Infrastructural works also include the procurement and installation of furniture, fixtures, and equipment in the SHTM building for training purposes.

An allocation of $177 million has been made in this year’s budget to complete the University of Technology’s (UTech) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM).

Now 85 per cent complete, work on the facility is among the various infrastructural improvements taking place at the university as part of the UTech Enhancement Project.

Being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the project aims to enhance the university’s capacity to provide quality-level education in Jamaica through expansion and upgrading of the school plant, and to further the development of staff, and improve financial sustainability.

Infrastructural works also include the procurement and installation of furniture, fixtures, and equipment in the SHTM building for training purposes.

Achievements under the project to date include: completion of Student Union and Daycare; practical completion issued for Environmental Laboratory; and a draft cabinet submission completed for infrastructure, SHTM Special Equipment and Energy Center.

In terms of institutional strengthening, six consultancies were implemented. They are: Improvement of Information and Communication Technology; Income Diversification Strategy; Market Needs Analysis and Graduate Tracer Needs; Improvement of Human Resource Capacity; Academic Quality Assurance; and Enhancement of the Quality of Learning and Teaching.

Following an extension, the project, which was originally slated to run from July 2008 to December 2012 is expected to end in June 2015.