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UWI Mona to Develop Gymnastics Programme


The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has received grant funding of US$90,000 from Japan for the construction of a state of the art gymnasium, which will be used primarily for the development of a gymnastics programme at the institution. Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano handed over his government’s contribution to Pro Vice- Chancellor and Mona Campus Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, at a ceremony held Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in the Council Room at Mona.

In making the presentation, the Ambassador noted that the gymnasium will be built to specifications that will support the training of gymnasts, through collaboration with coaches from Japanese company, Nishida’s Gymnastics, which has undertaken to deliver specialized and advanced training to students at Mona. He stated that the UWI has regional influence in various areas, and that the grant would assist its endeavours to promote further cross cultural education and sports training for the benefit of the entire Caribbean region.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Professor McDonald, said successful completion of the project would add another critical step in the university’s ongoing mandate to diversify the capabilities and programme offerings at the UWI and would support Mona’s institutional goal of becoming the academic and practical sports hub of the island.

“Athletics and sports remain a core component to the UWI’s ongoing quest to establish ourselves as frontrunners in higher learning,” the Principal said, adding that the facility will allow students to train in a gymnasium that is built for the core purpose of developing their talents, sports acumen and capabilities, through the provision of the appropriate space and equipment.

Professor McDonald said the facility will likely encourage more interest in the sport amongst students and the wider public, and from an academic perspective, foster greater interest in physical education. He noted that the facility will also enable the UWI to provide more community development youth sport activities to neighboring communities, thus strengthening the community engagement and development arm of The UWI, Mona.

“Upon its completion, the UWI will be able to boast a comprehensive sports programme that focuses on education, training and developing essential industry practices that will take our country further on the international sporting stage,” he said.

Professor McDonald added that the UWI is pleased to be able to strengthen the bonds as a tertiary institution with the government and people of Japan and looked forward to maintaining the strong relationship for the advancement of education in both countries.

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