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University of Pennsylvania collaborate for impact study on sports

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2010 | 1:00 AM


Morrison

The University of Technology (UTech) is hosting a team from the prestigious Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and its Wharton School of Business during a week-long visit from January 25.

The visit to Jamaica is being facilitated by the Consul General of New York, Geneive Brown-Metzger, who initiated the dialogue between the universities. During their visit, the team from UPenn, which is world-renowned for its prestigious Penn Relays, will collaborate with UTech in conducting preliminary work on a socio-economic impact assessment of collegiate/university-level sports in Jamaica. In gathering data, the team will undertake site visits to a number of facilities which are of importance in the development of university and college-level sports in Jamaica.

Collaboration is also being pursued in enhancing UTech's student-athlete academic support programmes to assist students in achieving not only world-class athletic skills, but also the highest quality academic training. President Professor Errol Morrison notes that "college/university-level sports is urgently in need of enhancement in the island and is really the launching pad point for our national sports' representatives". Officials from both universities will meet with the sports minister and other stakeholders.