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Use research to help country, Henry-Wilson to tertiary institutions

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Tertiary institutions are being implored to become more than just repositories of information and start using the information they have to solve the problems that are plaguing the country.

Maxine Henry-Wilson, executive director and chief executive officer of the Jamaica tertiary Education Commission, said tertiary institutions must now focus on how they can make the research and information that they have more applicable to the wider society.

Using the example of local athletes and the success they have garnered internationally, Henry-Wilson said that the country should be looking to capitalise on these achievements.

The former education minister believes tertiary education should not just be based on laboratories but must include the harnessing of useful knowledge that can be replicated.

Henry-Wilson added that going forward tertiary institutions will have to think critical about how they can commercialise their research and offerings to help them stay afloat.

She said the burden of the state funding over 70 percent of tuition fees at tertiary institution is not sustainable and it is not beyond the institutions to find creative ways of monetising their courses and studies.

Henry-Wilson was speaking at a forum addressing the financing of tertiary education put on by the financial website,, on Tuesday.


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