The new ‘stars’ of UTech Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE -

AL­MOST EV­ERY­ONE is fa­mil­iar with the sport­ing prow­ess of the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Ja­maica (UTech, Ja) and its stu­dent ath­letes. From dou­ble gold Olympic medal­list Elaine Thomp­son to the iconic ShellyAnn Fraser-Pryce, the list is ex­ten­sive.

This time around, UTech is making ad­di­tional waves with its new pro­gramme of­fer­ings.

Animation UTech is of­fer­ing a bach­e­lor of sci­ence de­gree in animation pro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment. The new­est of the univer­sity’s course of­fer­ings will give stu­dents knowl­edge in the ar­eas of:

Pre-pro­duc­tion (e.g., writ­ing for print/web/ra­dio/screen, cre­ative writ­ing, work-flow cus­tomiza­tion, event cov­er­age plan­ning, etc)

Pro­duc­tion (public speech, pho­tog­ra­phy, videog­ra­phy, dig­i­tal au­dio, web de­sign, animation, etc)

Post-pro­duc­tion (non-lin­ear video edit­ing, dig­i­tal im­age edit­ing, sound and vis­ual ef­fects, etc) and much more!

The animation in­dus­try is es­ti­mated to be worth a whoop­ing US$80 bil­lion.

IIIFac­ulty of Law Ac­cord­ing to lec­turer Raun Brown, the six-year-old law pro­gramme is making head­lines at the pres­ti­gious Nor­man Man­ley Law School. Brown says UTech stu­dents rank among the high­est as it re­lates to the en­try exam and out­per­form stu­dents com­ing from the Univer­sity of Lon­don, among oth­ers. He added that UTech’s law of­fer­ings are quite unique when com­pared to other uni­ver­si­ties’ of­fer­ings. Stu­dents can study at their own leisure and pace by reg­is­ter­ing for a full­time or part-time course of study, which comes in handy for work­ing pro­fes­sion­als. Spe­cial law cour­ses are avail­able such as en­ter­tain­ment law, sports law and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty law, which are not of­fered by any other univer­sity in Ja­maica.

Fac­ulty of Sci­ence and Sports While not a new fac­ulty, Don­naMarie Newby, bi­ol­ogy lec­turer and pro­gramme di­rec­tor for sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion, says the course is pop­u­lar among the school’s ath­letes. When asked why sci­ence was paired with sports un­der the same um­brella, Newby stated that “sports is a sci­ence. Per­sons will have to know the body and how it op­er­ates in or­der to know the lim­i­ta­tions it has, which comes in handy if some­one is look­ing to be a coach or sports man­ager”. She added that stu­dents get the op­tion to do a dou­ble ma­jor in all three sciences, which is not some­thing that is of­fered by other uni­ver­si­ties.

School of Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sciences

Another pop­u­lar course of study falls un­der the Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion and Lib­eral Stud­ies, where stu­dents get the chance to en­ter into a de­gree pro­gramme that can of­fer them ca­reer op­tions as a talk-show host, press agent, pub­lic­ity man­ager, cre­ative di­rec­tor, and so on.

AP­PLI­CA­TION Kerry-Ann White, as­sis­tant reg­is­trar, stu­dent re­cruit­ment, says the univer­sity is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing “ex­cel­lence through knowl­edge”. With an ex­pected in­crease in course reg­is­tra­tions, stu­dents were urged to ap­ply on­line for the earlybird reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod, which be­gan on Oc­to­ber 3, 2016. Earlybird ap­pli­ca­tions, which are done on­line, are free of cost. Af­ter sub­mit­ting an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion, stu­dents had 10 work­ing days to submit sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, such as birth cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, CSEC re­sults, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card, etc. Stu­dents were asked to have ac­tive email ad­dresses as that would be the main communication tool used by the univer­sity.

There is also the univer­sity’s app, ‘UTech Ja­maica’, from the Google Play Store, that al­lows stu­dents ac­cess to “a suite of sub-apps which pro­vide users with ac­cess to con­tent on the univer­sity’s web­site, in­clud­ing cour­ses of study, the stu­dent hand­book, news, events, alumni in­for­ma­tion, the stu­dents’ por­tal, the cam­pus map, etc”.

Stu­dents tak­ing ad­van­tage of UTech Ja­maica’s early-bird reg­is­tra­tion at the re­cently held Open House Expo.

Prospec­tive stu­dents of UTech Ja­maica watch in awe as a hy­draulic robotic arm at­tempts to lift a plas­tic cup in the air at Open House 2016.

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