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UWI, Mona Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Archibald McDonald, (5th from left), leads a tour of the Mona Research Village on the opening day of Research Days 2016. Photo by Aston Spaulding

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Crowds flock to UWI Research Days 2016

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, among them entrepreneurs, industry leaders, donors, diplomats, policymakers and students, got a chance to experience, first-hand, the range of research done by The UWI, Mona Campus.
At UWI Research Days, which was held from February 17 to 19 this year, student researchers and their lecturers not only showcased works ranging from robotics to innovations in cancer research, but rubbed shoulders with important stakeholders with whom they hoped to forge meaningful partnerships.
Speaking at the opening ceremony on February 17, The UWI, Mona Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Archibald McDonald informed the gathering that they were about to experience the “highest quality” of research and innovation.
“The University will highlight new perspectives and solutions that will facilitate our ability as a developing nation to transcend the barriers to sociopolitical and economic growth and development,” the Principal said.
Guests were not disappointed. The Mona Research Village was a hit with visitors who had around 140 activities to choose from.
The campus highlighted research and innovation in various fields such as law, governance and society, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals; institution and infrastructure; and developing human resources, among other things. There were numerous book launches, seminars, demonstrations, forums, public lectures, tours and other learning and knowledge-sharing opportunities over the three days.
“I was impressed with not only the range of research on display, but also the knowledge of the various presenters and the layout of the research village itself,” said Roy Osbourne.
“I particularly liked the things I was hearing about cannabis research, particularly since we have waited such a long time for the Government to free up the weed so that we too can reap health and financial benefits from this wonderful plant,” said Rose Jefferies. She told UWIMONA Now that she could not wait to try out “the free cannabis lip balm” she had collect inside the village.
“I had no idea that so much important work was taking place at the campus,” said Noah Brown, as he posed for a ‘selfie’ inside the village. He said he loved everything about Research Days. “I loved the displays, the talks, tours and concert, but most of all I really enjoyed my visit to the recording studio”.
By the time the curtains came down on UWI Research Days, there was little doubt that the Caribbean’s premier research institution had connected with its target audiences.
“The diversity of the projects and research on display is extraordinary and truly emphasises our commitment as an academic and research institution to foster the innovative development for our society,” McDonald said.
It is hoped that in the weeks ahead new partnerships will be forged to further The University’s thrust to drive national and regional development.
UWI Research Days 2016 was under the theme, “Driving Development through Research and Innovation”.

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