Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (UWIWJC), recently acknowledged a major milestone, with the campus now having a student population of approximately 1,000 students in more than 15 courses of study.
Dr Luz Longsworth, director of the UWI Western Jamaica Campus, acknowledged the institute's accomplishments when welcoming 200 newly enrolled students and their parents at the start of the school's four-day orientation programme for the 2013-2014 school year, which began at the campus on Sunday under the theme "On a Quest for Success."
"This is a very special day for UWI's Mona campus, and the Western Jamaica campus in particular, because we are welcoming over 200 new students to our campus, and we are happy that you are joining our WJC family," Longsworth told the students in her address. "It is also a significant time because this month, we celebrate our fifth anniversary as a campus in the beautiful home of Montego Bay."
Longsworth said that the Western Jamaica Campus had a wide variety of programmes and degrees in contrast to when it launched its operations in August 2008.
"Five years ago, we started with only 175 students and a few programmes in nursing, the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, and social sciences," said Longsworth. "Today, we are approaching 1,000 students, with more than 15 programmes, and those programmes are growing. Our students continue to do very well in their programmes and stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers at Mona."
The Western Jamaica Campus currently offers bachelor of science degrees in nursing, management studies, banking and finance, psychology, information technology, and tourism management; bachelor of arts degrees in integrated marketing communication and digital media production; the bachelor of laws degree for first-year students; and programmes for the Mona School of Business.