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The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is working towards gaining approval to offer all three levels of the BSc. in Public Sector Management, which it offers through collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.
Those who wish to enroll in any of the three MIND/UWI programmes for the 2006/07 academic year, the deadline for submitting applications isFebruary 24.
Currently, MIND offers levels one and two of the degree programme. However, Manager of Special Programmes at MIND, Kevin Bell, informed JIS News that, “MIND is assiduously working to get approval for level three”, hoping that “by September, the students who would have completed level two at the end of this semester, would be able to move on to level three from MIND”.
Mr. Bell, who is also the Co-ordinator of MIND/UWI Programmes, explained that, “what currently obtains, is that the students who would have completed level two this semester would automatically be transferred to level three on the University campus”.
Students who pursue the programme through MIND have the privilege of studying at a comfortable pace as the programme is delivered part-time, with each level spanning two years. Students who wish to complete the programme at a faster rate, have the option of doing summer courses at the UWI.
In addition to the BSc. in Public Sector Management, MIND also offers the Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) and the Certificate in Public Administration (CPA) under the scheme.
Outlining the application process, Mr. Bell indicated that application forms might be obtained at MIND or downloaded from the UWI’s website. After completing the form, the applicant should submit it to the Customer Service Department at MIND.
Applicants should submit the form with the requisite application fee, “and they [should] also provide supporting documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, if those are applicable, and any qualifying certificates,” Mr. Bell advised. “Thereafter the UWI, through MIND, will communicate their status to them,” said Mr. Bell.MIND/UWI students benefit from conveniently scheduled classes, with lessons being convened on alternate Fridays and Saturdays as well as weekdays after normal working hours.
Additionally, Mr. Bell pointed out, “as of last year we have been offering free sessions to students who come in at the beginning of the academic year, in writing skills, study skills and research skills.” This, he said, is offered “during the first week of orientation .to set the foundation that the participants need to have, on which to advance and excel in their studies”.
Mr. Bell noted that the facilitators of the courses are UWI endorsed, and the course materials are the same across campuses. Current and prospective students, “will not be deficient in any way in terms of the curriculum that is used for the courses that they do here that are also at the UWI campus,” he said.