Hundreds of prospective tertiary students from western Jamaica, were informed about the offerings of the University of Technology (UTech) on September 27, when the university staged an Open House at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, in St. James.
Representatives of the eight faculties of the Kingston and Montego Bay campuses were on hand to guide students through career studies and how to prepare applications.
All students who completed the process for Business and Management, Health Sciences, Engineering and Computing, Education and Liberal Studies, Law, Science and Sports, The Built Environment, Medicine, Oral Health and Veterinary Science were exempted from paying the normal fee of $1,000.00.
Principal of UTech's Montego Bay Campus, Professor Geraldene Hodelin, told JIS News that in addition to introducing students to the programmes of study, her role is to make the campus an attractive place for students, by providing leadership, both academic and administrative, that is comparable to what exists at the Kingston campus.
"We are trying to create and establish programmes that meet their (students) particular interests and needs that will make them come to the University. We think that if they can come to a single workshop or course, they will come for a longer programme, thus giving us a chance to help them meet their long term educational goals through higher education," Professor Hodelin said.
She noted that it is imperative that the institution considers the social and economic context for delivering education and so make it meaningful, accessible and affordable to all students.
Acting Marketing Manager of UTech, Kerry Ann White, told JIS News that academic and other programmes have been carefully designed, in order to get students ready for work.
"We have designed our programmes so that the students have interactive, community service and co-operative education aspects, which mean internship or practical (components) in all the degree settings. We are also trying to bring as much of the programmes from Papine (in Kingston) to western Jamaica," Ms. White pointed out.