What does your council do?
The Students’ Union Council is the supreme student body within the University. It is comprised of registered students of The University of Technology, Jamaica. There are 20 elected councillors while the remaining councillors are appointed by the executive body.
The Council is made up of 6 executive members (including the President), 14 Faculty Representatives (including the Resident Students Representative, Western Campus Representative & the International Student Representative), 9 Directors and 3 Advisors.
Aims and Objectives
- For the representation of student rights on academic and social issues.
- The provision of educational, social and sporting activities thus promoting unity, and a sense of belonging on the campus.
- The planning and implementation of such activities which allow for the contribution to the inner community and the wider society through social responsibility.
- Fostering and improving channels of communication with all levels of administration and the wider community.
- Assistance to students financially and otherwise with the hope of making studying and the attainment of higher education easier.
- Union Members shall be all persons registered by the University as candidates for degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic distinctions or awards and such other persons as the Academic Board may, from time to time, determine. Prospective Members are new or returning students who have applied to the University to pursue studies that lead to a recognized academic award and have been offered a place by the University to pursue such. (Article V of the Students’ Union Constitution).
The motto of the Students’ Union Council is, “To Serve and to Represent”.
The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) began in 1958, originally as the Jamaica Institute of Technology. In 1959 the name of the institution was changed to the College of Arts, Science and Technology.
The institution was formally accorded University status on September 1, 1995 as the University of Technology, Jamaica.
From just over 50 students and four programmes in 1958, UTech has grown to become a major national institution with a student population of over 13,000, with more than 50 programmes.
Syllabuses are modelled on the English polytechnic system, with emphasis on flexibility of approach, work-based learning and professional linkages. Flexibility in its academic programmes is reflected in the various modes of course delivery.