UTech, Jamaica partners with Brock University

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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The University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica and Brock University, Canada have formalised their intention to collaborate for mutual benefit in advancing scholarship and research.

The presidents of both institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to that extent on the UTech campus last Monday, May 21.

Under the agreement, UTech, Jamaica and Brock University will collaborate in areas such as articulation of accredited programmes, student and faculty exchange and internships, collaborative research projects, staff development and training, joint publications, and public education initiatives such as public lectures and seminars.

In welcoming the collaboration, UTech's Professor Stephen Vasciannie noted that “the value of international cooperation in higher education cannot be overstated” and thanked Brock University for choosing to partner with UTech, Jamaica.

“This will no doubt open many doors to international post-secondary and terminal degree studies for persons who would perhaps not have otherwise had the opportunity,” Vascianie said.

Brock University President Dr Gervan Fearon, who was accompanied by Dr James Mandigo, vice-provost and professor of strategic enrolment and International, were visiting Jamaica as part of their university's Caribbean tour to promote its Caribbean International Scholarship programme.

Dr Fearon noted that the new Caribbean scholarship programme is part of a growing roster of financial awards available to international undergraduate and graduate students who choose Brock, which is located in the Niagara region of Canada.

Dr Fearon previously collaborated with UTech, Jamaica while he was president of Brandon University, in 2017.

“The continuing partnership with UTech, Jamaica gives me a new opportunity to open up a new avenue for our universities to mutually benefit from student and faculty exchanges, access to programmes and coordination on research,” he said Monday.

Dr Gervan reported that Brock University, as part of its strategic direction, is looking to the Caribbean region to establish relationships with institutions, in support of growing its international student population beyond the current 10 per cent.

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