University of Technology, Jamaica

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University of Technology, Jamaica
Utech logo
Other name
UTech
Motto Magna per atem gesta
Motto in English
Excellence Through Knowledge
Type Public
Established 1958
Chancellor Edward Seaga
President Stephen Vasciannie
Students 12,000 +
Location Kingston, Jamaica
Campus Papine Campus (Main), Montego Bay Campus (Western)
Language English
Colors Navy blue, white and gold
Website utech.edu.jm

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) is a university in Jamaica.

Its current president is Stephen Vasciannie, a politician and legal scholar who also served as Jamaica's Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary to the United States from 2012 to July 17, 2015.

The main aim of the university is to stimulate positive change in the Caribbean society through provision of high quality learning, research opportunities and service to our communities.

History[edit]

The university was founded as the Jamaica Institute of Technology in 1958. The following year it was incorporated as the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), and was formally recognised by an Act of Parliament in 1964. It was granted degree awarding powers in 1986 and a governing council and academic board were established. The college gained university status, under its current name, on 1 September 1995, and permanent provision for the university was made by the University of Technology, Jamaica Act 27, which became law on 29 June 1999.[1]

From just over 50 students and four programmes in 1958, UTech, Ja has grown to become Jamaica's premier national institution with a student population of over 12,000. It now offers more than 90 programmes at the certificate, diploma and degree levels through its five faculties and three colleges.

Academics[edit]

The University of Technology offers courses across eight colleges and faculties:[2]

  • College of Business & Management (COBAM)
  • College of Health Sciences (COHS)
  • Faculty of Education & Liberal Studies (FELS)
  • Faculty of Engineering & Computing (FENC)
  • Faculty of Law (FOL)
  • Faculty of Science & Sport (FOSS)
  • Faculty of The Built Environment (FOBE)
  • Joint Colleges of Medicine, Oral Health & Veterinary Sciences

Degrees of the university are either currently accredited or have been granted Candidacy for Accreditation status by the University Council of Jamaica. BArch and MArch degrees are additionally accredited by the Commonwealth Association of Architects.[3]

Programmes[edit]

This institution offers over 100 programmes in various colleges and faculties. These are the College of Business and Management, the College of Health Sciences, the Colleges of Oral Health Sciences, the Faculty of the Built Environment, the Faculty of Science and Sport, the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, and the Faculty of Law. The UTech Academy offers pre-university and all pre-graduate courses and programmes.

Courses are offered at the certificate, diploma, undergraduate, and post-graduate degree levels.

The College of Business and Management[edit]

The College of Business and Management comprises the Schools of Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Joan Duncan School of Ethics, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, and the UTech/JIM School of Advanced Management.

The College of Health Sciences[edit]

Comprises the School of Allied Health and Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and Health Technology and the Institute of Health and Medical Sciences.

The Faculty of Science and Sport[edit]

Consists of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences and Centre of Science-based Research, Entrepreneurship and Continuing Studies.

The Faculty of the Built Environment[edit]

Consists of the School of Building and Land Management and the Caribbean School of Architecture, the only architectural school in the English-speaking Caribbean.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing[edit]

The Schools of Computing and Information Technology and Engineering fall within the Faculty of Engineering and Computing.

The Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies[edit]

Contains the programmes of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Technical and Vocational Education.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". University of Technology, Jamaica. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Academics". University of Technology, Jamaica. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Accreditations". University of Technology, Jamaica. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 18°01′06″N 76°44′39″W / 18.0182219°N 76.7440832°W / 18.0182219; -76.7440832