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  • The Ministry of Education is partnering with the British High Commission in Jamaica to offer UK qualifications, through local higher education, training and skills institutions.
  • At the inaugural UK Higher Education and Skills Fair, held today (March 3) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, the programmes offered by 17 local and UK based higher education schools were showcased.
  • The fair, hosted by the British High Commission, was financed by the Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Prosperity Fund and the UK Trade and Investment’s GREAT Fund. Sponsorship was also provided by National Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica Limited and The Gleaner.

The Ministry of Education is partnering with the British High Commission in Jamaica to offer UK qualifications, through local higher education, training and skills institutions.

At the inaugural UK Higher Education and Skills Fair, held today (March 3) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, the programmes offered by 17 local and UK based higher education schools were showcased.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, British High Commissioner to Jamaica and the Bahamas, His Excellency David Fitton said institutions from the UK have been invited to pair with Jamaican institutions.

“The aim is to mix it all together and give everybody who is interested, different ways of studying through the UK system,” he said.

The fair sought to inform prospective students about the different methods of study available to them through distance learning, earning UK qualifications studying at local institutions, and studying at institutions in the UK.

It also facilitated partnership matching meetings between UK and local institutions to offer full time and part time professional, undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in a range of areas.

Representatives and students from many schools attended the event to learn about the higher education options that are available to them.

Among the programmes offered by the UK and local schools are: Business Management, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship Training, Hospitality and Catering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Law, 3D Design and Fashion Management with Marketing.

Head of Trade and Investment at the British High Commission, Charmaine Wright, said the fair placed special emphasis on vocational studies and training programmes, in keeping with the mandate of the Ministry of Education to increase opportunities in vocational professions.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, welcomed the institutions from the United Kingdom, noting that the expo presented a wonderful opportunity for persons interested in pursuing higher education to explore the option of attaining UK qualifications from a variety of schools in one place.

The fair, hosted by the British High Commission, was financed by the Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Prosperity Fund and the UK Trade and Investment’s GREAT Fund. Sponsorship was also provided by National Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica Limited and The Gleaner. The fair will also be held in Trinidad and Tobago on March 5 and in Barbados on March 7.