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The University of Technology (UTech) and the Jamaican Institute of Management (JIM), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to enhance management training and other institutional collaboration between the two institutions.
Addressing the signing ceremony, today (June 20), at King’s House, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, commended the two institutions for the partnership and collaborative efforts, which they have created by signing the MoU.
“Partnership provides opportunities for us to expand our own capacity without necessarily increasing the human and financial resources. By entering into partnerships, we can go into new areas which would not be possible for a single institution,” he said.
The Governor-General explained that transformation required vision, patience and above everything else, courage and the willingness to change. He commended both institutions for embracing the opportunities for change.
Sir Kenneth implored them to continually promote learning, which would benefit the nation.
“It is fitting that these two institutions should agree to pursue a mutually beneficial relationship to enhance management training and collaborate in the development of new programmes and courses that will contribute to the production of a first class group of managers and leaders,” he said, noting that these leaders would have the opportunity to chart a new course for Jamaica’s future.
In his remarks, President of UTech, Professor Errol Morrison said the partnership would bring the expertise of both institutions together, and that this should benefit the country. “We will put our resources alongside JIM’s, to ensure that we can make our little contribution in the Government’s thrust for best governance practices,” he said.
Executive Chairman of JIM, Dr. Alfred Sangster pointed out that the signing was just the tip of the iceberg, and that he looked forward to working with UTech on more projects.
Under the agreement, the two institutions will explore suitable forms of institutional collaboration that can yield greater efficiency of resources and increase the financial sustainability of both UTech and JIM.
The agreement will also allow for collaboration in areas such as graduate studies, professional training, securities and other business and management disciplines.
Graduate Studies Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Business and Management, UTech, Neville Swaby said the MoU would strengthen the mission of improving the practice of management and its impact on the changing world. “This signing of the MoU can only enhance the achievement of this mission and thus provide for co-operative planning in which both institutions will be achievers,” he said.