UWI Western academics launch first book
Edited by scholars Dr Luz Longsworth and Ricardo Anderson, the book, Economic Transformation and Jamaica: Politics, Competitiveness and Technology Innovations, made its way to its birthplace - the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC).
Four years in the making, the book, inspired by the need to increase research output and interest in the western campus, was officially launched to an intimate audience at the Queen's Drive facility in Montego Bay.
Longsworth, former principal of the institution, and Anderson, a current lecturer there, embarked on the project under the guidance of their mentor, Sir Kenneth Hall, former governor general of Jamaica.
In photo:From left: Editor of the book 'Economic Transformation of Jamaica: Policies, Competitiveness and Technology Innovations', Dr Luz Longsworth, signs a copy for Dr Angella Samuels- Harris and Sheila Hart.
"It was Sir Kenneth who helped us to see how a weakness of not having fully formed faculties at the WJC could become a strength," Dr Longsworth told the gathering, adding that in conversations with Hall and Anderson, they brainstormed and arrived at the conclusion that a campus-wide multidisciplinary research agenda would be the best approach to begin this project.
The result is a book that had contribution from a number of academics, including Professor Densil Williams, Nicole Plummer, Dr Denarto Dennis and Sandra Stubbs, who teach at the WJC.
The idea was fully embraced by JAMPRO's president, Diane Edwards, and former Chairman Milton Samuda, with support from industry leaders such as GraceKennedy and Sandals.
In photo: Ambassador Dr Richard Bernal (left) shares lens with acting principal, UWI Western Jamaica Campus, Patrick Prendergast.
Dr Longsworth and her team are hoping that the publication will expose to the wider public in an accessible way, the discussions that go on in the boardrooms and classrooms, as well as in the legislature and the libraries, as it is recognised that a siloed approach to economic transformation is not the way forward.