University of Technology, Jamaica

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University of Technology, Jamaica
Utech logo
Motto Magna per atem gesta("Excellence Through Knowledge")
Type Public
Established 1958
Chancellor Edward Seaga
President Colin Gyles (acting)
Location Kingston, Jamaica
Campus Papine Campus

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) is a university in Jamaica. The university's current president is Colin Gyles.


The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) dates its beginning from 1958, originally as the Jamaica Institute of Technology. In 1959 the name of the institution was changed to the College of Arts, Science and Technology and it became incorporated in the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) Scheme of 1959. This was validated by an Act of Parliament in 1964. In 1986, the CAST Scheme was revised in order to make the College a degree-granting institution, and the College became legally empowered to conduct its affairs under a governing Council and Academic Board.

The institution was accorded University status on September 1, 1995 as the University of Technology, Jamaica. The University of Technology, Jamaica Act 27 – 1999, which makes permanent provisions for the establishment of the University of Technology, Jamaica, was approved by Parliament on June 8, 1999 and signed into law by the Governor General on June 29, 1999.

The history of the institution is intimately connected with the social and economic development of Jamaica. From just over 50 students and four programmes in 1958, UTech has grown to become a major national institution with a student population of over 10,000. It now offers more than 50 programmes at certificate, diploma and degree levels.

Syllabi are modelled on the British polytechnic system, with emphasis on flexibility of approach, work-based learning and professional linkages. Flexibility in its academic programmes is reflected in the various modes of course delivery, which include full-time and part-time (day release and evening) and cooperative work-based programmes. Several credit and non-credit courses are offered during the Summer Session from mid-May to August. In addition, several programmes are franchised through links with community colleges, and most programmes are linked to national and international professional organizations.


University rankings
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The University of Technology is an engineering school that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.


The 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 Faculty of Law And Business.[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.S

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

Faculty of Engineering and Computing[edit]

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

Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies[edit]

Contains the programmes of the Department of Liberal Studies and the School of Technical and Vocational Education.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 

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