Gov’t allocates $380m to UTech for upgrading

Gov’t allocates $380m to UTech for upgrading

Monday, March 02, 2015

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THE University of Technology (UTech) Enhancement Project will get a $380 million allocation next fiscal year to undertake work to upgrade facilities at the institution.


The Caribbean Development Bank-funded project aims to enhance the university's capacity to provide quality-level education in Jamaica through expansion and upgrading of the school plant, and to further the development of staff and improve financial sustainability.


Details of the allocation are outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.


The targets for this year include upgrading the laboratory facilities and installing equipment at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.


Physical achievements under the project, up to last September, include the expansion of sections of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; electrical and laboratory upgrades; construction of new classroom blocks; procurement of equipment; and construction of administrative offices for the School of Business.


Institutional strengthening has also been carried out, including improvements to human resources capacity and the carrying out of a market needs analysis and a graduate tracer needs study.


The project, which commenced in July 2008, has seen several extensions and is scheduled to continue beyond June 2015.



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