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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. 

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. 

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