President’s Welcome Message

 Message from the Acting President

It is my pleasure to welcome new and returning students for the 2023/2024 Academic Year. You are a part of a world-class teaching and learning institution that is committed to student-centred learning and the holistic development of all students. Your decision to make the University of Technology, Jamaica your choice for tertiary education, will prove to be one of the most worthwhile investments towards your lifelong growth and development.

The Mission of the University is “to positively impact Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and elsewhere, through high quality learning opportunities for students, and value added solutions to government, industry and communities.” We are committed to this pursuit, and I invite you, our students to be actively involved in positively impacting this Mission, throughout your sojourn at the University.

To our new students, you have joined the University of Technology, Jamaica at a pivotal juncture in our history as the institution marks its 65th anniversary of service in higher education to Jamaica, the Caribbean and beyond. This significant milestone, being celebrated under the theme, “UTech, Jamaica Thrives at 65: Forging Technological Innovation, Driving Development,” underscores the university’s formidable contribution to nation building and its continued investment in producing industry-ready graduates who are empowered with the technical competence in their chosen field of study and are prepared to influence social and economic transformation along a sustainable path in the emerging digital era.

We look forward to you successfully completing your studies and joining the ranks of over 60,000 graduates who are contributing to development locally and across the globe in various sectors including in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), architecture, dentistry, technical education, sports, media and communication, law, business, accounting, nursing, pharmacy, medical technology, public health, land surveying, quantity surveying, construction, and other built environment disciplines.

The quality of our programmes, and our commitment to delivering education at international standards, was formally recognized in 2018 with the award of Institutional Accreditation by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) for a period of seven years.

As new students you can anticipate being part of this tradition of “Excellence through Knowledge” in a supportive, stimulating, and diverse academic environment, filled with many enriching and empowering opportunities. As you commit yourselves to diligently pursuing your academic goals, I urge you to uphold UTech, Jamaica’s Core Values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Innovation and Team Spirit.

I also encourage you to seize all opportunities to participate in various aspects of university life, such as sports and cultural activities, student clubs and societies, as well as volunteerism and community service, that will contribute to your personal development and enrich your experience. I extend my best wishes to you, our new and returning students for a successful, enjoyable, and rewarding academic year.

Prof. Colin Gyles, PhD
Acting President