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Eleven community organisations across Jamaica will be able to turn their activities into successful community businesses, thanks to a partnership forged between the Digicel Foundation and the UWI Mona School of Business and Management - Office of Social Entrepreneurship (OSE).

Last year was not a good one for the Jamaican economy. Some of the key macroeconomic indicators were pointing in the wrong direction at the end of the calendar year.The country's GDP declined; one of the most watched anchors in the economy, the exchange rate, depreciated by eight per cent; the level of unemployment increased; the country's doing business score dropped marginally, etc.

A frequently voiced complaint is that our institutes of higher learning, in particular our universities, are not making a worthwhile contribution to policy issues and are not informing public discourse about the problems confronting Jamaica. The complaint is two-fold: first, that research at our universities is academic and has little practical relevance and second, that the universities are si...

In Jamaica, agriculture is being targeted for modernisation through the more effective use and application of ICTs. The small island state with a population of 2.75 million is moving towards systems and processes that deliver a reliable stream of data, information and applications to integrate planning, production, distribution, and monitoring activities.

The Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) is moving to forge stronger links with the Business Schools of Howard University, and the American University, which are based in the United States capital, Washington, D.C.

Representatives of academia, government and the private sector gathered for the recent joint launch of the Mona ICT Policy Centre and the book Ringtones of Opportunity: Policy, Technology and Access in Caribbean Communications.

James Moss-Solomon, former director - corporate affairs at GraceKennedy Limited, has been appointed executive-in-residence to the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

DIRECTOR of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) Professor Hopeton Dunn reckons that the lottery scam is a sequel to the culture of conning and harassment of tourists which have been prevalent in the resort city of Montego Bay for many years. According to Dunn 'conmanship' has now gone online from its usual face-to-face style.

Speaking at the launch of the new Mona School of Business and Management recently, Wehby noted the plight of young graduates to gain experience in the work world in their bid to get jobs. "Too often I have heard criticism that the University of the West Indies turns out graduates who are theoretically sound, but deficient in practical experience," Wehby said.

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus has been granted institutional accreditation by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), for a period of seven years, the maximum time possible. The accreditation took effect from February 1, 2012.

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