UNIZULU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech). Discussions were held with the Vice Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko and the visiting Jamaican delegation on 2-3 May to establish future teaching, learning and research partnerships that will foster the growth and development of both institutions.
The visiting academics, Professors Rosalea Hamilton, Ruth Potopsingh and Errol Morrison participated in college lecture programme, and seminars on physics, commerce, administration and law at the KwaDlangezwa and Richards Bay Campus.
In his public address, UTech President, Prof Morrison said in 1980 the Jamaican government had taken a decision to ensure graduate education placed emphasis on quality that would be measured for the globalised world. He placed emphasis on academic programmes being relevant and geared towards strengths with national and international linkages. He said: “A highly skilled workforce is imperative to meet the global needs with a focus on producing global graduates who are analytical and critical thinkers. If you are not world class then you are of no class. Quality mechanisms must be in place. Graduate studies should result in greater ability for innovation, critical analysis, adaption and adoption of best practices and foresight based on trends. Institutions must earn the title of excellence, with academic and professional compliance.”
Speaking on international engagement and potential partnerships, Prof Morrison said Jamaica is internationally known for its music, tourism, sport, local fare such as jerk, rum and coffee. “The international community has taken a keen interest in the speedy recovery and rehabilitation of Jamaican athletes and this has resulted in positive spinoffs in sports medicine research and health tourism. In addition, there exist great scope for nursing, land surveyors, pharmacists, teachers, professionals in engineering, ICT, maritime, business management and applied sciences sector. Jamaica is in need of international negotiators trained and comfortable in Spanish and Portuguese.”