UTech western campus attracts 120 new students
With the new academic year getting under way, some 120 new students have been enrolled at the University of Technology's (UTech) western Jamaica campus, which is located in downtown Montego Bay, St. James.
Addressing the new students at the start of a three-day orientation programme at the university's Dome Street Campus earlier this week, campus coordinator Sophia McIntosh emphasised the need for the new students to strive for excellence and not to allow themselves to be distracted from their goals.
"There are different routes, roads that will lead you to success. One of the roads that you must take to become successful is education, and I want to salute you for stepping outside of your comfort zone and making that decision to start your tertiary education," McIntosh told the students.
She also encouraged them to set realistic goals in regards to their academic pursuits, noting that their primary objective should be to set their sights on accomplishing their academic goals within another three or four years.
"What is expected from you is excellence, so the moment you walk through these doors you are expected to give of your best," said McIntosh.
RAISE IT! DISCOVERING THE BEST YOU
Under the theme 'Raise it! Discovering the Best You', the orientation period was designed to welcome the students and quickly create a comfort zone for them. It gave them an insight into all aspects of campus life and the various services that are available to them. It also addressed the academic and social expectations.
UTech's western campus remains one of the university's key strategies for expanding its core offerings and increasing access to quality tertiary level programmes in western Jamaica. It currently offers graduate, undergraduate and continuing studies through partnerships with colleges and faculties at the Papine campus. These include Business Administration, Nursing, Law, Mathematics and Information Systems Management.
Earlier this year, Utech's president, professor Stephen Vasciannie, visited the western campus and made it clear that no effort should be spared to ensure that the campus has a solid foundation.
"All efforts must be made in making sure that the western campus is a strong foundation for the University of Technology, Jamaica," said Vasciannie. "The people that pay our salaries, the students and the government expect us to be integral to the communities we serve, not only to the immediate community, but to the wider Montego Bay community and the wider Jamaican community."