Tertiary institutions urged to create innovative platforms
Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
ACTING PRESIDENT of the University of Technology (UTech), Burchell Whiteman, has said it is imperative that tertiary institutions create a platform through which students can become innovative.
Speaking with The Gleaner following UTech's academic induction ceremony recently, Whiteman said the university is constantly seeking to improve the quality of academic programmes and the physical learning environment for students, in order to foster entrepreneurship.
Acknowledging that UTech graduates are well known for their work-preparedness and the value they add to organisations, he implored the new students to remain focused.
"I urge students to hold this tradition sacred and to build on it as you pursue your academic goals and prepare yourselves to be leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators," he said.
"I think every student now has to begin to think of where he or she will be in four year's time, because no more is it about getting a job, it's about creating a job, either an enterprise or creating a product which people will desire," he continued.
"It is not an easy situation to deal with, because Jamaica is still going through a period of uncertainties within the economy. So our students have to be very creative and think keenly about their future, and this university is committed to that," the president declared.
He also urged students to persevere despite the economic challenges that they may encounter while pursuing their studies.
Chancellor of the university Edward Seaga noted that a university should be seen as a place of learning which gives students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and experiences.
From left: Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, acting president, University of Technology (UTech); Shevel Simms; Delta Wright (student union president); and Chancellor of UTech, Edward Seaga; view various musical instruments donated to the university from Seaga's personal collection. UTech's chancellor welcomed more than 700 new students at the university's annual academic induction ceremony held yesterday morning. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer