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Activities under the University of Technology (UTech) Enhancement Project should be boosted this fiscal year, through a $300 million provision in the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The project, being implemented by the Ministry of Education, aims to enhance the University’s capacity to provide quality level education in Jamaica, through the expansion and upgrading of its facilities, further development of its staff, and improved financial sustainability.
This financial year, the allocation will be used to undertake institutional strengthening by completing the following consultancies: Academic Qualitative Audit; Income Diversification; Market Needs Analysis; Enhancement of Learning Teaching; Information Communication Technology; and Human Resource Management.
Infrastructure development under the project include: shared facilities (30 per cent completion); new administration building (30 per cent completion); and electrical upgrade (50 per cent completion).
Up to February 2010, physical achievements with regard to construction activities include: designs completed for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; prequalification of contractors for the new administration building; prequalification of contractors for electrical upgrading; prequalification of contractors for shared facilities; and pre-contract designs and related documents 90 per cent completed.
Bids have also been evaluated for six consultancies geared at institutional strengthening. These are: improvement of information and communication technology; academic quality assurance; income diversification strategy; market needs analysis and graduate tracer needs study; improvement of human resource capacity; and enhancement of the quality of learning and teaching.
The project, which began in July 2008, is scheduled to be completed in December 2012. It is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).