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Renewable Energy Expo for UTECH- May 16 to 19, 2012

An energy expo/research and technology event, in collaboration with the German Embassy, will be held from May 16 to 19, focusing on renewable energy, while in July there will be a symposium, featuring presentations and discussions on the role of tertiary education in Jamaica’s development.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna (left), shares a thought with President of the University of Technology (UTech), Professor the Hon. Errol Morrison (centre) and Vice President, Development and Community Services UTech, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, during the official launch of the university’s commemoration activities for Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence on Thursday (March 1) at the institution’s Hope Road campus.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said that the globalisation of information and culture, largely driven by the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution, provides Jamaica with the opportunity to harness technology for the development of the country.

She said the critical importance of technology is not lost on her Ministry, which is now focused on assisting with the building of a cadre of young people capable of mastering “the cutting edge technology.”

She was speaking on Thursday March 1, at the official launch of the University of Technology’s (UTech) programme to commemorate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence this year.

Ms. Hanna said the participation of UTech in the ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations provides an opportunity for Jamaicans to recognise and appreciate the contribution and possibilities of science and technology within the context of national development.

Commending UTech on its achievements in sports, science and technology, over the last 50 years, she said the expectation is that it will make an even greater contribution during the next five decades, “as we strive to make Jamaica the place to live, work and raise our families.”

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna (left), and President of the University of Technology (UTech), Professor the Hon. Errol Morrison, unveil the institution’s roster of commemorative activities for Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence at the official launch on Thursday (March 1), at the institution’s Hope Road campus.

Chairman of the Jamaica 50th /UTech Anniversary Committee, Hector Wheeler, said that the activities organised seek to showcase the institution’s work; promote the role of UTech and other tertiary institutions in national development; and engage young minds in the process, while inspiring national pride and appreciation.

The events, which are endorsed by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, include the annual anniversary lecture on March 12, which this year, will focus on Jamaica’s Independence.

Former Prime Minister and UTech Chancellor, Most Hon. Edward Seaga, will present the lecture entitled: ‘Fifty years of backward and forward?’ which will review the country’s progress over the years.

There will also be a concert/fashion show in Papine Square on March 22 to showcase talents from neighbouring communities and highlight UTech’s involvement in community outreach initiatives.

A library exhibition is scheduled for April, while the 5th staging of UTech Knights Invitational Track and Field Classic, featuring athletes from local and international colleges and universities will be held on April 14.

An energy expo/research and technology event, in collaboration with the German Embassy, will be held from May 16 to 19, focusing on renewable energy, while in July there will be a symposium, featuring presentations and discussions on the role of tertiary education in Jamaica’s development.

Other activities include a special documentary in July, highlighting the university’s history and achievements as well as Independence float parade in August.

Activities continue in November, with the ‘UTech/Scotiabank Chair Lecture’ under the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Entrepreneurial Journey 50 Years and Beyond’ and activities close that month, with an anniversary awards banquet to recognise outstanding alumni.



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