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The University of Technology (UTech) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) is expected to be completed this fiscal year, following an allocation of $343.6 million.

This is set out in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The allotment has been provided for the University of Technology Enhancement Project, under which construction and other activities will be carried out.

The project aims to enhance the university’s capacity to provide quality level education in Jamaica, through the expansion and upgrading of its facilities, further development of its staff, and improved financial sustainability.

Also, for this fiscal year under the project, a contract for Shared Facilities/School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) building is to be signed and construction works commenced; and a contract for the expansion of the administrative building is to be awarded and work commenced.

Activities for the period will also include the installation of equipment for use in the SHTM facility (standard and special) for training purposes.

Achievements of the project to date include:Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) building and planning approval has been received for all sub-projects; the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is 50 per cent complete; electrical upgrading is six per cent complete; and the Environmental Laboratory is 75 per cent complete.

In terms of institutional strengthening, six have been completed and implemented under the project. 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.

The project, which is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, began in July, 2008. After an extension, it is slated to conclude in June, 2015.

By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter