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Published:Sunday | March 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Research Day, a resounding success

Recently, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) hosted its Research Day at the Mandeville campus under the theme, 'Research for Economic and Social Development'. Research Day 2010 exposed the public to the work of various exhibitors, and facilitated not only the exchange of information, but also dialogue on a wide range of issues. Attendees were also treated to demonstrations of new technology and they sampled several new and upcoming products.

Additionally, there were presentations from Siemens Products, Lifecycle Management Software Inc., the Community Counselling and Restorative Justice Centre, Bio-analytical Consultancy Service, the University of the West Indies and several award-winning researchers from NCU. The keynote address was delivered by Dr Andre Gordon, managing director of Technological Solutions Ltd.

International language conference draws professionals from around the world

NCU recently staged its inaugural International language conference, which brought together language professionals, to exchange views on a range of issues affecting research and practice in the teaching of languages, not only from Jamaica but from around the world. The conference was held on the Mandeville campus under the theme, 'Un-Babel-ing Language: Engendering Global Understandings'.

On the matter of literacy, Ruel Reid, special advisor to the Minister of Education, in delivering the keynote address, posited that work in this area is ongoing. He shared that the Ministry of Education was focusing additional resources on a renewed thrust to secure optimal levels of literacy throughout the education system and ultimately, the entire population.

He added, however, that parents must understand that they play an important role in the early years of their children (from one to three years), in building a foundation for success in literacy and other educational outcomes.

A highlight of the conference was the launch of the 'Inter-University Foreign Language Research Group' by Dr Rohan Lewis, head, Foreign Languages Division, Department of Liberal Studies at the University of Technology (UTech).

The research group aims to enhance the study of foreign languages in Jamaica, and will create opportunities for collaborative efforts among colleagues for research and publication with an eye on national development. The research group comprises the UTech, NCU, the University of the West Indies, St Joseph's Teachers' College and Shortwood Teachers' College.

Graduate school hosts biennial conference

NCU School of Graduate Studies: Counselling Psychology successfully staged its third biennial conference which focused on the psychological aspects of learning and the practice of educational psychology in Jamaica. The conference, themed 'The Psychological Features of Highly Effective Schools: Retention of Males in Academia', catered to practitioners and students of psychology and its related disciplines, and included local and international presenters in the field of psychological research, education, and finance.

Discourse on the development of strategies and interventions that may promote the retention of males in academia was a key objective of the conference. Participants held dialogue not only on the establishment of standardised criteria for identifying highly effective schools, but also on the distinctive administrative, instructional, interactional and motivational features of highly effective schools.

The main address was delivered by Audrey Sewell, permanent secretary, Ministry of Education. The conference also facilitated presentations from Senator Arthur Williams, minister of state, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, and Peter Bunting, MP, spokesperson for National Security, general secretary, People's National Party.

Community outreach programme embraced by corporate Jamaica

Recently, the Community Counselling and Restorative Justice Centre (CCRJC) of NCU received funding and support from a non-governmental agency and several corporate entities for its May Day\Barnstable training programme. Parents\caregivers and adolescents will receive empowerment training over seven weeks in several areas, including conflict resolution and other significant life skills.

The goal of this project is to curtail at-risk behaviour in teens. CCRJC hopes that through education and empowerment, parents\caregivers and adolescents will have less need for interventions. The programme touches several communities in the parish of Manchester.

Some of the companies that have made contributions so far are the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, The National's People's Corporative Bank, Pro Hardware Ltd., Mother's Patties, Top Loaf Bakery and Total Wholesale.