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UWI, Mona Cops Five Awards at the GraceKennedy Education Run

The University of the West Indies, Mona took home five awards from the recently held GraceKennedy Education Run. The UWI, Mona team won the award for the Best Corporate Team for both the Run and Walk category topping approximately fifty corporate teams. In addition three members of the UWI, Mona contingent received individual prizes namely:  Jessica McPherrin and Cherine Richards for 2nd and 3rd place – Corporate Team Run (Female) category and Ronald Reid, 3rd place –Corporate Team Walk (Male). This was the University of the West Indies, Mona debut as a corporate team at such an event.

Professor Anthony Chen Heads Team of Experts in Alternative Energy Course

Professor Anthony Chen, Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with former US Vice President, Al Gore and Professor of Applied Atmospheric Physics, UWI, Mona will lead the team of academics and industry experts in the modular Alternative Energy course. The course consists of three one week modules and runs from July 12-30, 2010. It is designed to introduce and interest various stakeholders in renewable energy as an alternate to fossil fuel and to improve the understanding of the operations and applications of various forms of renewable energy. In addition, the course will increase the competence of industry practitioners and enhance domestic and commercial applications of alternative energy.

UWI Open Campus to roll out CCDC’S Child Rights Education Project

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus will soon roll out a new course specially designed for professionals working with or on behalf of children. The pilot multidisciplinary Child Rights and Responsibilities course, which was developed by the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC) of the Consortium for Social Development and Research at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, is being described as an important part of the process of developing academic courses that support civil society and competence building on children’s rights and childhood issues.

UWI, Mona Graduates First Cohort of Haitian Creole Participants

Forty-three participants in the Certificate course in Haitian Creole were recognized at a presentation ceremony held at The UWI, Mona recently. The participants who consisted of medical personnel, law enforcement officers and members of the Jamaica Defence Force, represent the first cohort to take part partake in such a programme. The course is the first of two, delivered by the Jamaica Language Unit (JLU) in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, UWI, Mona. They were designed to assist in the relief efforts in Haiti by bridging the language barrier between the disaster relief experts and the Haitian population.

Verene Shepherd Appointed University Director of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies

Verene A. Shepherd, Professor of Social History at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society (FCCS), and host of Nationwide 90 FM’s “Talking History”, is the new University Director of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies (IGDS), with oversight responsibility for the Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine Units of the IGDS.

Winston Bayley caps 17 years as University Bursar

Winston Bayley, GCM, has capped 17 years of distinguished service as University Bursar/Director of Finance at The University of the West Indies (UWI).  Mr Bayley is credited with revamping the financial management of the University, despite local and regional economic challenges.

UWI Students off to South Africa, USA under Trilateral Exchange Project

Three students of The University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona will travel to the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, under a student exchange programme between the three universities. They are Aieka Smith, PhD candidate in the Department of Government, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mona, who will attend the University of Cape Town, Sandra Alvaranga, SALISES, Faculty of Social Sciences and Rachel Boxill, Department of Literatures in English, Faculty of Humanities & Education, who will both attend Brown University, Rhode Island.

Update on recent violence in West Kingston

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona assures international partner universities and Governments with nationals studying on the Campus that throughout the events that unfolded between May 24th and 26th in Kingston, Jamaica the safety and well being of students at the Mona Campus was never compromised.  The Campus remained a safe place for the students and its operations continued as usual. 

All non-Jamaican students were contacted to ensure that they were observing suggested safety precautions.  In addition to this our Campus Security team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Keith Gardner consistently assessed and updated the Campus community on any developments.

Rex Nettleford Foundation Established at UWI

The University of the West Indies has established the Rex Nettleford Foundation in memory of this outstanding Caribbean icon who passed away in early February. The Foundation will support scholars and programmes that promote the strengthening of West Indian society in the areas of social and cultural development through research, community services and intellectual excellence, to produce young leaders who grasp the importance of public service based on integrity, protection for the weak, and the energy to use their talents for the betterment of humankind.

Statement with Respect to the Response of The UWI, Mona Campus to Outbreak of Violence in Jamaica

The University of the West Indies, Mona has taken note of the concerns that the outbreak of violence on the island has created with our international partner Universities and Governments with nationals studying on the Campus.

Bearing in mind that the Campus is some distance away from the areas of unrest, the security risk assessment conducted by our Director of Security, Assistant Commissioner of Police Keith Gardner, has indicated that the threat against life and property on the campus is low. Nonetheless, we have urged members of the community to take all necessary precautions once they leave the campus, and to monitor radio reports for an up-to-date assessment of the situation. 

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