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  • Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be looking to engage graduate studies scholars in the Jamaica House Fellowship.
  • In an interview with JIS News, Dr. Chang said the Government is looking to link with the academic institutions to bring some of the best minds into the Jamaica House Fellowship.
  • The UWI Evening of Excellence was hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Mona Research and Publications and Graduate Awards.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be looking to engage graduate studies scholars in the Jamaica House Fellowship.

He said they would be charged with conducting research to advance policy development.

Dr. Chang was addressing the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Evening of Excellence to honour 41 graduate scholars, held on June 1 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, St. Andrew.

He noted that the Government was committed to finding solutions to the nation’s challenges, which can be achieved through engaging bright young minds.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in April, announced the Government’s intention to establish the Jamaica House Fellowship in order to encourage the country’s young talent to contribute to the public sector.

He said the intention is for the public service to function “as if it is in the private sector, operating at the speed of thought, and implementing as quickly as possible.”

The public sector, he noted, “will then become the reservoir of managerial talent” that will assist in driving economic growth and job creation.

In an interview with JIS News, Dr. Chang said the Government is looking to link with the academic institutions to bring some of the best minds into the Jamaica House Fellowship.

“It is there that we have a repository of thought and research that can serve to influence policy in a positive way,” he pointed out.

He commended the scholars honoured and pledged to work closely with UWI to see how best the Government can facilitate the transfer of research outcomes from academia to a practical context.

Among the scholars honoured at UWI’s Evening of Excellence were Dr. Sandra McCalla and Dr. Dale Rankine, who won the award for Most Outstanding Thesis.

Dr. McCalla’s research paper focused on performance enhancement drugs in sports, while Dr. Rankine assessed ‘yield response to water in root crops in present and future climates’.

The Minister commended the demonstration of perseverance, discipline and creativity by the scholars and expressed the hope that the recognition will inspire similar aspirations across Jamaica.

The UWI Evening of Excellence was hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Mona Research and Publications and Graduate Awards.