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“Nurses Challenging Health Issues Through Research” is the theme of the 16th Annual Nursing Midwifery Research Conference and Mary Seivwright Day to be held by the Department of Advanced Nursing Education, University of the West Indies (UWI) at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, May 13 & 14, 2004.

The highlight of this conference will be the launch of the Mary Seivwright Distinguished Nursing Research Lecture by Dr. Carol Baxter, Professor of Nursing at the School of Health and Social Sciences and Head of the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research and Development, Middlesex University.

International Focus on Accrediting Jamaican Social Workers

The Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work will be one of three sponsors of a one-day seminar entitled, “Social Work Accreditation: Improving and Strengthening the Profession”, on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 on the UWI Mona campus. The other sponsors are the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the Jamaica Association of Social Workers (JASW). Mr. Victor Cummings, Member of Parliament, will speak at the opening exercise scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Executive Lecture Theatre, Mona School of Business.


The second Carreras-UWI Distinguished Lecture, Restoring Trust in Corporations: Leadership and Corporate Governance, was delivered at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre recently by Professor Patrick M. Wright, the Professor of Human Resource Studies at the Centre for Advanced Human Resource Studies, Cornell University.


The Council of the University of the West Indies, at an extraordinary session held at the Sherbourne Centre in Barbados on Saturday, December 13, 2003 appointed Professor Eon Nigel Harris to succeed Professor the Hon Rex Nettleford as Vice Chancellor.

UWI to host Conference on “Regional Governance and Integrated Development”

Prime Minister of Jamaica and Chairman of CARICOM the Most Honourable P. J. Patterson will deliver the feature address at the Opening Ceremony of a CARICOM 30th Anniversary Conference on “Regional Governance and Integrated Development” on Friday, October 17 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, UWI Mona Campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gender Studies In The 21st Century: Perspectives, Visions And Possibilities

The 5th annual Mona Academic Conference to be held from August 29 to 31 at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona will have as its theme Gender in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Visions and Possibilities and will feature a variety of presentations that will serve to challenge or confirm popular theories and beliefs about a range of issues relating to Gender in the Caribbean and other societies.

Medical Students Receive Canadian Scholarships

Four students from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies have been awarded scholarships which will assist them in meeting expenses associated with their academic programme. The students, all members of the Class of 2006, are Mr. Vantario Taylor, Miss Dana Richardson, Mr. Derwin Christmas and Miss Inga Smith. The presentations were made on Thursday, July 31, 2003, at a brief ceremony held at the Faculty

Productivity Expert Suggests Integrated Approach for Productivity Improvement in Public Sector

Professor and Chair of Public Administration at Rutgers University in the USA, Dr. Marc Holzer, has commended the Government on its efforts to modernize the public sector but emphasized that Government needs to adopt an integrated approach if it is to achieve significant and comprehensive improvement in productivity in the sector. He says that significant improvement in productivity will only be achieved when there is integration between the internal capacities of the public sector and the services it is expected to deliver.

UWI to help establish National Hazardous Materials and Waste Inventory

The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has provided just over J$5 million to the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI) to lead a 15 month project to develop a hazardous waste inventory for Jamaica and to assess policy options for the management of hazardous waste in the island, or develop such policy options where necessary. The UWI is contributing J$250,000 to the project.

Franchise Arrangement allows Brown’s Town Community College to offer UWI Degree in Nursing

Brown’s Town Community College in St. Ann is now offering the University of the West Indies’ generic Bachelor of Science degree programme in Nursing under a franchise arrangement between the two institutions.

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