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Normal Operations at The UWI, Mona Campus Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The UWI, Mona wishes to advise members of staff and the wider public that there will be normal operations at the Campus on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Examinations scheduled for the Faculty of Medical Sciences will also take place as planned.

However, The UWI, Mona reminds staff that their personal safety and security is of paramount importance and that this should be the very first consideration in any assessment of whether to report for work. Staff should listen to radio reports and be guided by news releases from the Government. They are also encouraged to follow the lawful instructions of the Security Forces and to call their local police stations if they feel threatened where they are.

Jamaican Mathematical Olympiad Team Selected

The University of the West Indies, in collaboration with Sterling Asset Management, has completed the Final Round of the 2010 Jamaican Mathematical Olympiad.  A total of 49 students sat the Final Round Examination, which was held on April 17, 2010.  These students came from 21 high schools throughout Jamaica.  After assessing the examination scripts, the Department of Mathematics has selected five students for the 2010 Jamaican Mathematical Olympiad Team. They are: Aaron Johnson, Campion College; Nicholas McFarlane, Ardenne High School; Daniel Chin, Glenmuir High School ; Sanjae King, (First Alternate) Glenmuir High School  and Jhanelle Thomas, (Second Alternate) Campion College.

UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne, Reappointed for a Second term

The Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Sir George Alleyne, was re-appointed for a second seven-year term, with effect from October 1, 2010 by the institution’s highest governing body, the University Council.

The Council at its annual business meeting held for the first time at the Cave Hill Campus on April 16 approved, with acclamation, the Vice-Chancellor’s recommendation that Sir George continue as Chancellor of The University of the West Indies.

Sir George Alleyne, who succeeded Sir Shridath Ramphal as Chancellor in 2003, is the fifth Chancellor since the establishment of the institution in 1948.

Speak Your Mind Surveys

As part of ongoing efforts to improve services to students at The University of the West Indies, the Office of Planning and Institutional Research recently conducted two student experience surveys targeting first degree graduates from the Class of 2008 and first degree registrants in their 1st, 2nd and final year of study at Mona. Entitled “Speak Your Mind”, the surveys solicited the views of students on a range of issues including academic programming, administrative services and support resources.

The results of the surveys will assist administrators in evaluating the programmes and services offered at UWI and determining where interventions are needed to ensure the satisfaction and marketability of UWI graduates.

London Police Commissioner For 5 –Day Visit To Jamaica

Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, arrives in Jamaica on Friday, April 30, 2010 for a five day visit to the island. The visit is the first in a series of planned visits of prominent international crime management experts with knowledge of contemporary trends in policing, being organised by The University of the West Indies, Mona, in collaboration with the Police Services Commission.   The visits are intended to facilitate an interaction between these experts and key persons associated with the transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) allowing for an exchange of perspectives, ideas and recommendations on specific elements of the transformation process.

Claremont Kirton Promoted to Professor

The University of the West Indies, Mona is pleased to announce the promotion of Claremont Kirton, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Mona to the position of Professor, with effect from February 3, 2010.

Claremont Kirton holds the Bachelor of Sciences and Master of Sciences degrees in Economics from The University of the West Indies, Mona. He joined the staff of The University of the West Indies as a Lecturer in the Department of Economics in 1977. He has served as Visiting Lecturer/Scholar at universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Curacao, Suriname, Cuba and Guyana. He is an accomplished public intellectual and development economist with a focus on the Caribbean region.

Bold Action Required To Deal With Budget Cuts

The University of the West Indies, Mona will have to be bold in the actions which it takes to deal with the recent budgetary cuts in order to ensure that it emerges a stronger and more competitive institution, capable of existing in a global environment with “unassailable areas of excellence and competence.” This was the view expressed by Mona Principal, Professor Gordon Shirley, as he addressed members of staff on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at the third in a series of town hall meetings aimed at briefing them on the financial state of the Campus and to provide an update on the progress being made to cope with the difficult economic environment. 

Jamaican Mathematical Olympiad Team Selected

The University of the West Indies, in collaboration with Sterling Asset Management, has completed the Final Round of the 2010 Jamaican Mathematical Olympiad.  A total of 49 students sat the Final Round Examination, which was held on April 17, 2010.  These students came from 21 high schools throughout Jamaica.  After assessing the examination scripts, the Department of Mathematics has selected five students for the 2010 Jamaican Mathematical Olympiad Team. They are: Aaron Johnson, Campion College; Nicholas McFarlane, Ardenne High School; Daniel Chin, Glenmuir High School ; Sanjae King, (First Alternate) Glenmuir High School  and Jhanelle Thomas, (Second Alternate) Campion College

Security Initiatives Achieve Success

As part of the ongoing strategy to reduce criminal activities on The University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona Campus, the Police have increased covert activities to deal with a spike in car break–ins.

During March-April 2010, there were ten (10) arrests. The Police made two (2) significant break-throughs in this regard: one person was held while attempting to break into a car on campus and has confessed to several counts of car break-ins which coincided with statements from complainants.

In St Ann, a car stolen from the Mona Campus was recovered by the Police. The driver is now in custody at the Half Way Tree Lock-up and is cooperating with the Police Investigators.

Edward Ghartey Promoted To Professor

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Edward Ghartey, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Mona Campus to the rank of Professor.

 Professor Ghartey holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ghana (1979) the Master of Arts degree from Acadia University Canada (1983) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from Dalhousie University Canada (1987). 

Edward Ghartey joined the staff of the UWI, Mona in 1993 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998. Prior to joining the staff, he was an Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Howard University, USA (1988-1993).


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