The University of Technology, Jamaica is an institution that demands and breeds excellence through knowledge. As a product of those endeavours, the Students’ Union lobbies on behalf of the students to ensure that their student experience at the University is not only memorable but comfortable.
On, Thursday, July 13th, 2017, the President of the University, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, met with the President of the Students’ Union, Granville Knight and other members of the Students’ Union Council¹ to discuss pertinent issues affecting the students at the UTech, Ja.
Representatives of the Students’ Union brought forth several concerns to be addressed. Discussions are underway and resolutions are being sought for the following: the Enrollment Commitment Fee (ECF) designated for International students and the increase in ECF for returning students are being revised as to safeguard equitable fees for all. Efforts will also be made to restructure the payment plan for the convenience of the students.
As it pertains to enrollment, Prof. Vasciannie will communicate with the Academic Support Staff regarding concerns of students not being progressed. There will also be discussions of increasing the length of the summer semester and addressing the disadvantage of summer students in regards to progression and selection of modules.
Other matters discussed were the ventilation issues being experienced at the Farquharson Hall, which was addressed the following Friday, as well as the WiFi issues at the Joint Colleges. The internet services at the Joint Colleges Facility will be also addressed.
A statement to eliminate confusion regarding moneys given to the University by the Government to aid student’s tuition will be released soon. This is only the beginning for the Students’ Union, as they embark on their mission to provide “Leadership Y.O.U. can believe in” and the new scholastic semester rolls in.
¹Kimone Roper: 1st Vice President, William Delisser: Executive Assistant, Rhoshmaine Chambers: President’s Advisor, Narado Hylton, Vice President, Students Services.
In photo: [from left] Stephen Vasciannie: University President, Granville Knight: USU President, Kimone Roper: 1st Vice President, William Delisser: Executive Assistant, Rhoshmaine Chambers: President’s Advisor, Narado Hylton, Vice President, Students Services.
Written by: Kriss-Ann Haughton, USU Editorial Committee