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University of Technology
Kingston, Jamaica


University description (as per official university website)

Throughout the academic year the University assists students by administering a wide variety of awards, bursaries and scholarships donated by firms, industrial enterprises, government agencies and concerned individuals. These are normally awarded on the basis of performance and need.

Our Purpose
The purpose of the Financial Aid Office is to assist students with all aspects of financial planning for their tertiary education. Students are advised to budget not only for tuition fees but also for other expenses such as accommodation, meals, books, special equipment and projects. The Six Point Plan outlined below, recommends the following sources for accessing funds to support tuition and other school related expenses:

Private Resources
Students Loan Bureau Scheme (Applications accepted January –April)
Employer Support
Scholarships and Bursaries
Earn & Study (Campus Employment)
Financial Aid Grants
Our Operations
The Financial Aid Office administers the Scholarships and Bursaries, Earn and Study and Financial Aid Grants Programmes. It also plays a proactive role in identifying other sources of funding for students who are financially challenged. The services offered are as follows:

Opening Hours
The Office is opened from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Mondays to Fridays and our telephone numbers are: 512-2184, 512-2219, 512-2204 and 512-2192.

Our Location
The Financial Aid Office is located on the ground floor of the Student Services Building which is adjacent to the Medical Centre.

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), formerly the College of Arts, Science and Technology is located within the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Region in the parish of St. Andrew and occupies approximately 18.2 hectares. It lies to the east of the Hope Botanical Gardens within the Papine-Liguanea commercial centres. The campus is served by several bus routes and is within walking distance of the Mona Campus of the regional University of the West Indies and the University Hospital.

The University was established in 1958, originally under the name the Jamaica Institute of Technology. In 1959, the name was changed to the College of Arts, Science and Technology, and became incorporated under 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. The CAST Scheme also legally empowered the institution to conduct its affairs under two governing bodies, namely the Council and the Academic Board.

The institution was formally accorded University status on September 1, 1995, under the name, the University of Technology, Jamaica, and became fully chartered on June 29, 1999.

The history of the institution is intimately connected with the social and economic development of Jamaica. From just over 50 students and 4 programmes in 1958, the institution has grown to become a major national institution with a student population of over 11,000 and offers over 100 different programmes at certificate, diploma and degree levels.

Its academic offerings and development have been modeled on the English polytechnic system with emphasis on flexibility of approach, work-based learning and professional linkages. Flexibility in its academic offerings is reflected in the various modes of programme delivery which include full-time and part-time (day release, evening) and co-operative work based programmes. In addition, several programmes are franchised in a number of Community Colleges and most programmes are linked to national and international professional organisations.

The University is committed to the total education of the individual as a social being and seeks to develop the whole person in terms of personal well-being and social and intellectual competence. It promotes life-long learning, personal development and service to the community.

The University is committed to the total education of the individual as a social being and seeks to develop the whole person in terms of personal well-being and social and intellectual competence. It promotes life-long learning, personal development and service to the community.

In 2015, The University of Technology, Jamaica will:

Provide innovative and expanded access to learning
Offer innovative, transformational, profession-driven and leading-edge programmes
Have in place high quality staff who are professionally competent, innovative and leaders in their own field
Operate with high quality, relevant resources and facilities
Resulting in:

Recognition for its leadership in entrepreneurship, research, technology innovation and exceptional customer care
The well-known and respected UTech brand
Globally competent, versatile, innovative entrepreneurial graduates
A positive impact on society

The University’s mission is achieved through the fulfillment of the following goals:

To pursue excellence through the Institution's programmes
and the work of faculty, non-academic staff and students;
To respond to national and regional human-resource needs;
To maintain and enhance the role of technical/vocational education; to provide flexible delivery systems that are able to serve students who follow non-traditional routes to higher education;
To ensure gender equity;
To provide support to students by offering scholarships and providing a system of organized financial aid;
To establish and pursue partnerships and collaborative arrangements with individual supporters, professional associations, educational institutions, governments and corporate entities at regional, national and international levels;
To provide opportunities for communication and information transfer with other institutions of higher learning;
To foster and encourage applied product-oriented research as an integral part of staff responsibility.

Core Values
The core values that will guide the institution have been explicitly stated and it is our intention that these values will infuse everything we do.

We believe in the dignity and intrinsic worth of all people and endeavour to celebrate individuals by fostering an appreciation of and respect for each other’s difference.
As a University community we value ethical behaviour in all our endeavours, whether scholarly, cultural or intellectual and expect all conduct to be grounded in integrity, mutual respect and civility.
We value excellence in our instructional, administrative and managerial pursuits, and are dedicated to the provision of academic courses of the highest quality in an environment that encourages excellence in research and scholarly activity employing the most effective tools, technologies and facilities for learning.
Innovation is encouraged inside and outside the classroom. We foster intellectual inquiry, exploration and discovery that transcend traditional boundaries in an atmosphere that celebrates creativity.
We pledge to work together in a spirit of cooperation to enrich the cultural environment. We will employ a decision-making style that stresses participation and consultation amongst administrators, faculty and students.
In the spirit of efficiency and effectiveness, we will embrace ownership of all our responsibilities and accept the principle that we are accountable for our actions.
We are committed to excellence and high quality service in all interactions with the immediate and wider community, demonstrating that we see service as being fundamental to our operations in all areas of university life.

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