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Published:Sunday | May 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

UCC/FIU master's programme commended

Winston Cox, executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), commended the partnership between the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) and Florida International University (FIU). He was speaking at the recently held commencement ceremony for graduates of the FIU Executive Master of Business Administration class of 2010. He noted that this venture represents an opportunity for knowledge transfer and network building particularly in nations such as Jamaica.

Cox is acclaimed in the financial arena and his vast experience includes serving as the alternate executive director in the World Bank and Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados from 1997 to 1999. His international public service further include serving as the deputy secretary-general of the Commonwealth, where he was responsible for development and cooperation; and as an adviser to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a project that sought to establish the impact of the publication of IMF reports on the economies of fund members. In his view, Jamaica's IMF agreement represents hope and should assist the nation in critically dealing with its debt and structural challenges. He conveyed to the graduates that the issue of the many global economic challenges that persist only serves to warrant an increased need for high standards of ethical behaviour and practice in the corporate arena.

The 2010 graduating class joins the approximately 500 past graduates of previous cohorts. The UCC administrative staff and faculty wish to congratulate the FIU EMBA graduating class of 2010.

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TV production students lauded by members of the film industry

Patrick Brown, prominent Jamaican screenplay writer and actor, and Peter Heslop, accomplished actor and drama teacher, have lauded the innovative approach to film production by students in the Department of Communication Studies at Northern Caribbean University (NCU).

Brown and Heslop said they were impressed by the films they viewed recently at Film Festival 2010 held on the NCU campus in Mandeville.

"I did not know that there was this much talent at this end of the island," said Brown, who was the chief judge of the film festival. "I look forward to working with these future film-makers, and I hope I will be here next year to see some more exciting films."

"This is what is needed in our institutions," an impassioned Heslop posited. "An avenue through which students can develop their talents." He added, "I am impressed with the work of the students here and I will definitely be entering the competition next time around."

During the festival, the Campion College Film Society was awarded the top prize for the 'In the Spotlight' segment while the Communication Studies TV Production groups, Oop's and Kre8eck, copped awards from several categories.

Oop's Production secured its bragging rights as the best production group, having received awards for its film, Matthew 6:12, in the categories Best Script, Best Silent Film, Best Picture, Best Screen Play, Best Actor and the coveted Voters' Choice Award.

Kre8teck Production, for its effort, won the award for Best Director for the film Holy Sins.

Other judges included Trevor Nairne, Jamaican screenplay writer and actor and Television Production lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at NCU, Gordon Alert and Everett Wiles.

The event, in its second staging, was organised by the Department of Communication Studies at NCU.