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IGDS Director Joins United Nations Country Mission To Portugal

Professor Verene A. Shepherd, University Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies joins other United Nations (UN) experts on a country mission to Portugal from May 16-20, 2011. The visit is at the invitation of the Government of Portugal and is in keeping with the responsibilities of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, of which she is a member.

UWI Council Re-examines the University’s Role as an Instrument of Regional Development

At the annual business meeting of University Council held on May 6, 2011 at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Secretariat in Basseterre, St Kitts, with participation of Ministers of Education, government officials, academics and members of the private sector, the UWI’s supreme governing body undertook a comprehensive examination of its role and mandate as a catalyst for development in the English-speaking Caribbean region. It was acknowledged that the climate within which the University operated had changed drastically since the formation of the institution in 1948. Its regional remit and its role in strengthening the integration process had become even more critical now as governments continued to examine their commitment to regional integration.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Speaks at MSB’s ICT Conference

Hon. Karl Samuda, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce will be the keynote speaker, at the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day Conference on May 17-18, 2011 at the Faculty of Law at UWI, Mona. The event is being hosted by the Mona School of Business (MSB) at UWI.  The Conference will bring together policy makers, regulators, academics and practitioners in the field of Information and Communications Technology to discuss key ICT-related issues and strategies. It will also highlight important research being done at the Mona School of Business, through the Telecommunications Policy and Management Programme and other departments. 

UWI Research Reveals Low Household Computer and Internet Access

Only 24% of households have a computer at home and only 16% of Jamaican households have internet access. These findings were disclosed by Professor Hopeton Dunn, Director, Telecommunications Policy Management Programme, as he presented in the outcomes of the recently completed Caribbean ICT Indicators and Broadband Survey for Jamaica.
The high cost of equipment is a major factor in not having internet access or computers in the home. However, several homes without a computer reported higher internet use via mobile phones and at other locations.

Regional UWI Experts Participate in Workshop for the Establishment of Gender and Development Course in Haiti

A team of UWI researchers from the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) along with members of the Institutes of Gender and Development Studies from Cave Hill and St. Augustine will participate in a workshop to support the establishment of a gender and development course for civil society and other key stakeholder in Haiti. The Workshop takes place from May 11-12.

Hugh Small Delivers Coral Gardens Lecture at UWI, Mona

“Coral Gardens 1963: A Legal Analysis and Implications for the Jamaican Justice System” is the title of the public lecture being delivered by Hugh Small, Q.C. and Consultant, Graham, Thompson & Company. The Lecture is hosted by the UWI, Mona through the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) in collaboration with the Institute of Caribbean Studies on April 21, 2011 at 5 pm at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), UWI, Mona. 

During his Lecture Small will recount aspects of the 1963 Coral Gardens incident and events leading up to it. He will more importantly relate how these events impacted subsequently on developments in the justice system. Also sharing on this occasion are members of the Rastafarian community who survived the tragedy.

Mona School of Business (MSB) Tops US-Based Business Plan Competition

Students of the Mona School of Business (MSB) of the University of the West Indies (UWI), who participated in a recently concluded Opportunity Funding Corporation Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OFCIE) -- a Business Plan competition for historically Black Colleges and Universities, in Atlanta, USA, placed first in the international competition, taking the cup for the first time as well as receiving the best presentation award.  The MSB team was one of twenty-one schools which participated and was the only non-US based team.

Last year’s MSB team also won the inaugural trophy for “Best Presentation”, making this year, two consecutive wins in Presentation Skills for the Jamaican team. 

Mark Figueroa Promoted to Rank of Professor

The University of the West Indies, Mona is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Figueroa, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Mona to the position of Professor, with effect from February 9, 2011.

Mark Figueroa holds the Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Sciences degrees in Economics from The University of the West Indies, Mona and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He joined the staff of Department of Economics as a Teaching Assistant in 1974, was appointed Lecturer in 1978 and further promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003.  He has served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences since 2004.

NDTC Performance in Miami Fund-Raiser for Rex Nettleford Foundation

The Rex Nettleford Foundation has received a significant boost with the donation of half a million Jamaican dollars from Jamaica Awareness Incorporated, a Florida-based, non-profit organization. The donation represents proceeds from the mounting of a performance of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at the Coral Spring Center for the Arts in Miami, Florida. 

Mervyn Morris Poems added to The Poetry Archive

Selected poems by Mervyn Morris, internationally acclaimed poet and retired Professor of Creative Writing and West Indian Literature, UWI, Mona are now accessible to audiences worldwide on the Poetry Archive, the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

The Poetry Archive aims to bring the widest possible audience to the fullest possible range of English-language poetry being published around the world, and to complement that poetry with educational material of value both to the specialist and to the general reader.


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