University of Technology, Jamaica ABOUT UTECH, JA HISTORY The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) dates its beginning from 1958, originally as the Jamaica Institute of Technology. In 1959 the name of the institution was changed to the College ofArts, Science andTechnology and it became incorporated in the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) Scheme of 1959. This was validated by an ACT of Parliament in 1964. In 1986, the CAST Scheme was revised in order to make the College a degree-granting institution, and the College became legally empowered to conduct affairs under a governing Council and Academic Board. The institution was formally accorded University status on September 1, 1995 as the University of Technology, Jamaica. The University of Technology, Jamaica Act 27-1999, which makes permanent provisions for the establishment of the University of Technology, Jamaica was approved by Parliament on June 8, 1999 and signed into law by the Governor General on June 19, 1999. The history of the institution is intimately connected with the social and economic development of Jamaica. From just over 50 students and four programmes in 1958, UTech, Ja has grown to become Jamaica’s premier national institution with a student population of over 12,000. It now offers more than 90 programmes at the certificate, diploma and degree levels through its five faculties and three colleges. The University has further expanded access to its programme offerings to meet the demands of business and industry by establishing campuses and satellite locations across Jamaica. In addition, several programmes are franchised through links with community colleges, and most programmes are linked to national and international professional organisations. Syllabuses are modeled on the English polytechnic system, with emphasis on flexibility of approach work-based learning and professional linkages afforded through co-operative work based programmes. Flexibility in the University’s academic programmes is reflected in the various modes of course delivery, which include the establishment of a Semesterised mode of delivery introduced in academic year 1999/2000 and further adjusted and piloted in 20092010. The academic year was restructured into three academic sessions and all courses of study modularized. Several credit and non credit courses are offered during the Summer Session from mid-May to August. MISSION STATEMENT To positively impact Jamaica and the wider Caribbean through high quality learning opportunities, research and value-added solutions to government, industry and communities.