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MBJ Airports facilitates design lecture for UWI students

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Meeting with UWI, WJC students from integrated marketing and communications and digital media production.
From left: Dr Rafael Echevarne, CEO, MBJ Airports Ltd; Tony Thompson, lecturer at the University of the West Indies, WJC; Maria Papaefstathiou, co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest; and Audley Giles, assistant manager, commercial development.

On May 8, the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC), was host to Greek visual artist and blogger Maria Papaefstathiou under the auspices of Sangster International's MBJ Airports Ltd.

The talk served as part career retrospective and part call to arms for Caribbean creatives in general, and Jamaican designers specifically, to raise the bar in quality and quantity of output.

Papaefstathiou, co-founder of The International Reggae Poster Competition, shared her artistic journey with CARIMAC students, offered her mentorship and unveiled plans for an exhibition of the finalists in this year's International Reggae Poster Contest on the grounds of Sangster International Airport.




Centring Jamaica's cultural influence on her art and the world, the world-renowned designer and activist encouraged the participants to "look outside their worlds" and venture further into design by using the contest and similar outlets.

Speaking at the event, MBJ Airports Ltd CEO Dr Rafael Echevarne and assistant commercial manager Audley Giles challenged the students to help lift the quality of merchandise offered in airport shops to offer a greater variety to visitors and shoppers.

They highlighted that the event is the first public event in an ongoing engagement between MBJ Airports Inc and UWI WJC in seeking stronger links between the two institutions and the western region. The campus was represented by lecturer Tony Thompson and students taken from the digital media production and integrated marketing and communications course.

- MBJ Airports Inc is the operational arm of Sangster International Airport. For more information, call (876) 952-3124 or visit https://www.mbjairport.com.

- UWI Western Jamaica Campus is the premier educational institution in the western region, providing affordable and effective educational advancement opportunities. For more information, call (876) 971-1283 or visit https://www.mona.uwi.edu/wjc/.