Mico Working Towards Full University Status

first_img Pro-Chancellor of The Mico University College, Professor Neville Ying, says the teacher-training institution is far advanced in its plans to become a full university. “We put our value proposition to the Education Minister and then we took the initiative and actually drafted the Bill…In December (2017). We put the Bill to him along with our seven building blocks (towards university status) and he was very impressed,” he said. “So, we are organising our work through faculties and special schools, paying attention to research and publication and the offering of programmes that are consistent with what the Government is trying to promote,” Professor Ying pointed out. Story Highlights Pro-Chancellor of The Mico University College, Professor Neville Ying, says the teacher-training institution is far advanced in its plans to become a full university.He informed that two meetings have already been held with Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, to move the process forward.“We put our value proposition to the Education Minister and then we took the initiative and actually drafted the Bill…In December (2017). We put the Bill to him along with our seven building blocks (towards university status) and he was very impressed,” he said.Other initiatives undertaken by Mico towards full university status include attaining accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) for all programmes and courses offered.“So, we are organising our work through faculties and special schools, paying attention to research and publication and the offering of programmes that are consistent with what the Government is trying to promote,” Professor Ying pointed out.Professor Ying was speaking in a JIS News interview following a cheque handover ceremony at The Mico University College’s Marescaux Road address in Kingston on January 8.Kemtek Development and Construction Limited donated $6 million to the institution – $5 million towards a gate-upgrading project and $1 million for the provision of scholarships for students from the Science and Technology Faculty.Kemtek Managing Director, Sylvester Tulloch, said the Mico Foundation, of which he is Chairman, is widening the entrance and exit points to the campus in order to improve the flow of traffic, particularly during peak hours.The Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund has pledged to provide $12 million for the project, which is estimated at $22 million.Meanwhile, Mr. Tulloch said that four students will benefit from scholarships from the $1 million provided.last_img read more

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Finance Minister Confident Salary Negotiations Will End Soon

first_imgStory Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is confident that the 2017/19 public-sector salary negotiations will conclude soon. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is confident that the 2017/19 public-sector salary negotiations will conclude soon.Noting the Administration’s desire to complete the discussions “over the next few weeks”, he said the Government is prepared to be flexible “as far as is possible” in accommodating concerns raised by unions representing civil servants, regarding the six per cent wage offer.“We are looking at a raft of creative non-allowance and non-wage issues that we are (contemplating) putting into the mix. What we want to do in these negotiations is to make sure that we have equal footing for everybody,” the Minister added.He was speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly Investor Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on January 17.Mr. Shaw said that among the creative alternatives and options that “we have to look at more carefully” are ramping up the National Housing Trust (NHT) timely construction and delivery of homes to public sector workers, and the proposed pension arrangements.He said that in relation to pensions, “everybody needs to come on board with (their) contributions,” as the arrangement is an “important part of the social security system”.“We want to make sure that those who were not making contributions can start, and we phase that in over a number of years. For those who have been making contributions, that we look at how they will be treated, relative to the others who are getting the phased-in programme,” the Minister added.Mr. Shaw underscored the need to give consideration to extending the period within which negotiations are conducted.“The negotiating period of two years is too short. So, we have to put on the table that we need to have a negotiating period of three to four years, and then, within that context, you put together an acceptable programme,” he said. Mr. Shaw said that among the creative alternatives and options that “we have to look at more carefully” are ramping up the National Housing Trust (NHT) timely construction and delivery of homes to public sector workers, and the proposed pension arrangements. “We are looking at a raft of creative non-allowance and non-wage issues that we are (contemplating) putting into the mix. What we want to do in these negotiations is to make sure that we have equal footing for everybody,” the Minister added.last_img read more

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