KINGSTON – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has been installed President of the Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM).
At the installation ceremony, which took place at King's House on March 25, the Governor-General said he was honoured to be named the new President of JIM, and to join a cadre of distinguished persons who have served as President at different times in the school’s history.
“I also commit myself to supporting the objectives and programmes which are proposed by this institution. I hope that I will always be able to account for the gavel,” he said.
In August 2009, the affairs of JIM were taken over by the University of Technology (UTech), and renamed UTech/JIM School of Advanced Management.
The Governor-General said that the alliance with UTech will drive the development of specialisation in management and leadership training, which will make graduates more competitive in the national and global marketplace.
“Indeed, management and business have been identified as two of the top ten vocations in the 21st Century, with graduates from management studies growing each year,” he said.
The Governor-General pointed out that with the academic programmes shifted to UTech, the renewed and revitalised JIM will feature more as a professional membership organisation.
“In actively pursuing this mandate, I expect that JIM will be proactive in civic affairs and will be upfront with ideas and comments on matters of national interest, that JIM will host seminars of common interest in the life of the nation, and that JIM will engage society in the issues of the day and be leaders in the professionalism of management systems,” Sir Patrick said.
In his remarks, Chairman of JIM, Dr. the Hon. Alfred Sangster said the institution is pleased to have the Governor-General as its President.
The UTech/JIM School of Advanced Management was established in 1967 as a not-for–profit membership organisation by a group of businessmen to promote professional management and raise the standard of management in Jamaica, in both the private and public sectors.
By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter