President’s Welcome Message


Message from the  Acting President


Dear Students,

It is my pleasure to welcome new and transfer students to the University of Technology, Jamaica for the 2020/21 academic year.  You have joined this noble institution at a challenging time in history, resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, rest assured that you have made the best decision at this time to embark on a new phase of your academic journey of life-long learning, personal and professional development.

 You have entered an institution with a formidable 62-year history and reputation of producing graduates who are industry-ready and who are making their mark in their various fields of endeavour in Jamaica, the Caribbean Region and across the world. 

 The Mission of the University is, “To positively impact Jamaica and the wider Caribbean through high quality learning opportunities, research and value added solutions to government, industry and communities.”  The University remains committed to carrying out its mission to advance and disseminate knowledge through teaching, scholarship and research.”

As a testament to the high quality of our programmes, the University was granted Institutional Accreditation by the University Council of Jamaica for a period of seven years with effect from February 2018.  This accreditation covers all courses of study at the University.  The achievement of Institutional Accreditation also underscores our commitment to delivering quality education at international standards.

 As you pursue your studies at this time, through a mix of online and face-to-face modalities, you can anticipate being part of a tradition of  excellence, in a supportive, stimulating and diverse academic environment, filled with many enriching and empowering opportunities. In all your endeavours I encourage you to keep in mind the seven University Core Values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Innovation and Team Spirit.

 At this time the University will continue to maintain measures to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and as such, I urge each student to adhere to the current and emerging health and safety guidelines and protocols of physical distancing and good hygiene practices as outlined by the Government of Jamaica.

 I again welcome you to this exciting new chapter of your life and hope that you will embrace the new learning experiences, ideas and challenges that await you.

My best wishes for a successful academic year!


 Professor Colin Gyles, PhD