Education Minister Launches Engineering Scholarship Programme to China

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The government is spending over USD$450,000 on a Scholarship Programme for University of the West Indies, Mona, students to pursue Software Engineering studies in China.

Thirty students are benefiting from the programme this year.

Education Minister Ruel Reid launched the programme at the UWI Mona, Regional Headquarters on Friday. He says the programme is aimed at steering more students towards areas of study in science and technology.

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The education minister says the programme is transformational.

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In the meantime, UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles, says the initiative will empower Jamaica to take advantage of more opportunities in the area of software technology.

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They were speaking on Friday at the launch of the Software Engineering Scholarship Programme at the University of the West Indies’ Regional Headquarters.

The programme is a collaboration involving the UWI Mona and the governments of China and Jamaica.

The students will study two years at Mona and the other two years at the Global Institute of Software Technology at the Suzhou [SOOJOO] University in China.

The students are to be bonded to Jamaica for five years on their return from China.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.