Jamaica welcomes University’s plan to develop global academy city

first_imgThe Jamaica government has welcomed plans by the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) to develop a global academic city on lands at Caymanas Estate in St. Catherine, a parish in the south east of the island.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, delivering an address on behalf of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, described the decision as a “notable step in the right direction, which challenges the very core of how we traditionally see universities”.Holness said that the plan solidifies opportunity for innovative enterprise.“I am excited by the plans to develop this knowledge city and edu-tourism venture,” Holness said, adding that the “possibilities for new businesses and new career opportunities (will) make Jamaica a more attractive venue for off-shore education”.The new campus to be established on approximately 25 acres of land, will feature the Caribbean’s first Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).In his own address to the ceremony on Thursday, Green urged universities to move “research outside of the halls of a university” and into government policy.He said the government has an “open door” approach and would use research posited by universities to influence policy.“Too many of our universities or tertiary institutions do extraordinarily good work; so many of our students are looking at the most critical problems that we face and have come up with solutions, but who knows about it… . Let us feed it into policy,” he said.The conference was held under the theme ‘Developing Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology for Global Competitiveness’.last_img read more

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Okocha, Oliseh for SuperSport World Cup show

first_imgFormer Nigeria stars, Austin Okocha and Sunday Oliseh, will be among the experts to analyse the World Cup on SuperSport starting from June 12.Former Ghana international, Sammy Kuffour, John Barnes, John Dykes and Manchester United great, Ryan Giggs are among the experts that will dissect each game as the sports station broadcast the 64 games.“Their analyses will blend with five embedded SuperSport crews who will track the progress of African powerhouses Nigeria and Ghana, among others,” a statement for the sport station read.“We’ve invested heavily in the latest technology. It’s a multi-facceted facility that offers a range of broadcast options,” SuperSport General Manager, West Africa, Felix Awogu, said.Other magazine shows lined up to entertain and educate viewers during the World Cup include Ola Brazil, We are Brazil, Master Plan and Fan Zone.SuperSport plans to dedicate two 24-hour channels – SS3HD and SD(SS3) – to the World Cup. SS2HD and SS4 will feature matches in the last round round-robin stage, while Nigeria’s matches will also be broadcast on DStv’s GOtv.last_img read more

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