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THERE IS a saying that speaks to too many of us

sitting and waiting for things to happen, as against

too few of us making things happen.

Universities must make things happen.

Universities are not mere physical spaces for

hallowed

academic

pursuits.

They are

institutions

of higher-

level

knowledge

application

to finding

practical

answers to

the real

problems of

our society.

It is not

by chance

that the

University

of the West

Indies is

ranked by

‘Times

Higher Education World Universities Ranking’

among the top five per cent of best universities

globally. It is not by chance that we are among the

leading higher-education institutions in teaching,

research, and community enterprise. It is the

result of 70 years of consistency, rigour and

commitment to quality assurance in everything we

do.

The UWI Mona – Western Jamaica Campus,

after 10 years in the city of Montego Bay, must

now leverage the legacy of brand excellence and

become an even more active partner in making

the city of Montego Bay a sustainable centre of

excellence in social, cultural, economic and digital

transformation.

I am confident that as we consolidate our

presence in the west, we will continue to play a

seminal role in the reimaging of Montego Bay as

a city of greatness. UWI Mona-WJC, a beacon of

hope and transformation rising from, and in, the

west.

P

ATRICK

P

RENDERGAST

C

AMPUS DIRECTOR

2

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018

BPO JAMAICA: NEWS

Changing lives, transforming

communities inMontego Bay

Apartner in

community

development

PRENDERGAST

UWI Mona-Western Jamaica Campus:

A

FTER A decade in the city of

Montego Bay, the University of

the West Indies, Mona –

Western Jamaica Campus (UWI

Mona-WJC) has established itself as a

beacon in the region.

Focused on the holistic development

of its students to function in and serve

societies locally, nationally and

internationally, UWI-Mona WJC,

through the Office of Student Services

and Development, has been providing

developmental opportunities,

qualitative learning, and support

services for the student body.

The areas of focus include, but are

not limited to, leadership, culture,

service, and sports.

Students have been working with

the homeless through initiatives like

Operation Sunday Dinner, volunteering

at the Community of Upliftment for the

Mentally Ill, ilovemobay, and the

Women’s Centre of Jamaica.

Approximately 30 outreach projects

were staged in communities such as

Salt Spring, Glendevon, Flankers, and

Norwood.

Our environmental and sustainable

development participation includes

international coastal clean-ups and

Labour Day projects, as well as

partnerships with the Jamaica Defence

Force (JDF) and the Cornwall College

Red Cross for the painting of the John

Rollins Success Primary School and

the Charles Gordon Market.

UWI Mona-WJC has also developed

a reputation as a reliable employee

selection hub for stakeholders in the

tourism, health and the business

processing outsourcing sectors.

Through sports, we have been able

to support community development

initiatives by participating in football

competitions locally.

Our presence in Montego Bay will

be indelible, and it is our aim to

continue to serve and support the

development of the city through

intentional, innovative and sustained

initiatives.

‘Our presence in Montego Bay will be

indelible, and it is our aim to continue to

serve and support the development of

the city through intentional, innovative

and sustained initiatives.’