- The Education Minister says the move represents a good investment by the institution in Jamaica’s future.
- The Minister called on the community of Montego Bay and its environs to support the university.
- There are some seven university campuses in western Jamaica.
Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has welcomed the expansion of the University of Technology (UTech) to western Jamaica, noting that the move represents a good investment by the institution in Jamaica’s future.
He was speaking at the official opening ceremony for the new campus located on Dome Street in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday, November 8.
“Today is a good day for Jamaica and a good day for all of us.The Ministry of Education, on behalf of the people of Jamaica…is happy to welcome this new addition to western Jamaica,” Minister Thwaites said.
He called on the community of Montego Bay and its environs to support the university, noting that “this is a huge investment and so it must be given pride of place.”
“The coming of UTech in full splendor to Montego Bay marks another aspect of the maturity of this city and I trust that the institution will be demand-driven,” he stated.
Observing that there are some seven university campuses in western Jamaica, Minister Thwaities that by coming to Montego Bay, UTech is now part of a proud university family in the second city.
He urged the UTech administration to seek to build a close relationship with the HEART Trust/NTA, which is located “next door”, and to emphasise science and technology in its programme offerings to equip students “to transform the economy of our country.”