Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) and The Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) have entered into a partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last week, which will see collaboration on certification of professional development courses, which are aligned to internationally recognised standards. Collaboration will also relate to research in human resource management.
The MOU, was signed on Thursday, February 28, at the Mona School of Business and Management, UWI Mona. HRMAJ and UWI have long partnered in a mutually supporting relationship for more than two decades.
Through its partnership with International HR development partners, HRMAJ will help ensure that graduates of UWI’s human resource management programmes, are prepared for certification exams of the US-based Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, it will see MSBM supporting HRMAJ in the development and delivery of certification programmes in the field of human resource management.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr. David McBean, Executive Director, MSBM, said the MOU should result in more data driven decisions and the formulation of polices aimed at impacting how Jamaica develops laws, regulations and practices in the area of human resource.
“Mona School of Business and Management is a bridge to the business community and, in this context, we are seeking to ensure that our students and our research are relevant and applicable to the Jamaican human resource ecosystem, to facilitate change in the way we conduct business,” Dr. McBean said.
As a part of the MOU, an annual research agenda will be developed to meet the practical human resource-related needs of Jamaican organisations and their human resource management practitioners, in areas such as: best-fit recruitment selection and on-boarding; workforce competitiveness and productivity; compensation; reward and recognition; talent management, succession planning; and workplace health and safety.
Mrs. Lois Walters, Vice President, HRMAJ, who signed the MOU on behalf of the HR Association, noted that the partnership is quite timely and necessary as HRMAJ and MSBM share common interests in advancing the development of human capital.
“This is a great and exciting opportunity for the association and our members – this partnership will bring together the strength of HRMAJ’s experience in human capital development along with the prowess of MSBM’s academic research capabilities and course content”, Mrs. Walters stated.
Mr. Michael McAnuff-Jones, Director of HRMAJ, in bringing remarks noted that the MOU is part of the commitment of HRMAJ to support the development of HR programs at local universities, with chapter development and expansion also targeted at three local universities. He shared that HRMAJ is strongly interested in strengthening Jamaica’s place in the Caribbean for Intellectual leadership on matters that relate to HR management
“Even as HRMAJ looks to implement a National Registry of HR professionals, the association is cognizant that driving certification in HR Management is among the key components in advancing the professionalisation of HR practice in Jamaica.”
Dr. Anne Crick, Senior Lecturer, MSBM, said the MOU comes at a time when there is an urgent need for Jamaica to consolidate its resources. However, she noted that the agencies involved in human development need to work more closely and to collaborate in support of those organisations trying to optimise the effectiveness of their human resource in today’s competitive global environment.
The MOU is built on the deep and lengthy relationship that the University of the West Indies, Mona has shared with HRMAJ and should bring the combined innovation to bear on research and teaching in the field of human resource management in Jamaica and the Caribbean.