Scenes from Research Days 2019
UWI's research in synch with local, regional goalsTHE UWI, WHICH is ranked among the top five per cent of best universities in the world, reaffirmed it. Its range of high-quality research on display during the 20th staging of Research Days 2019 at the Mona Campus, signalled its commitment to producing products and services that will assist Jamaica achieve its 2030 vision to make the island “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”.
From February 6 to 8, Jamaicans from all walks of life got a chance to view scores of projects in support of Jamaica’s national development plan, among other things. In fact, more than 80 events and activities were featured inside the Mona Research Village, the flagship exhibition. Six themes were evident throughout the Village:
Education and culture
Energy and the environment and resource-based industries
Law, governance, security and society
Supporting industries, institutions and infrastructure
Pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals and health and well-being
Service and knowledge-based industries.
It was not by accident that this year’s UWI Research Days was staged in collaboration with Vision 2030 Jamaica under the theme, “Driving Social and Economic Development”. The institution’s five-year strategic plan for 2017 to 2022 guaranteed it. The plan seeks to, among other things, broaden access to tertiary education, align research with industry, and support national, regional and international development goals.
Besides, as pro vice-chancellor and principal of the Mona Campus, Professor Dale Webber, highlighted ahead of Research Days, The UWI has been contributing to nation-building for more than 70 years. In addition, he pointed out that more than “50 researchers from The UWI have contributed either to the overall [development] plan or to the VISION 2030 plan. The [United Nation’s] 17 sustainable research goals are all on track with UWI research”. Webber went on to note the four thematic areas that UWI research has impacted significantly over the years: good health and well-being; quality education; life below water; and peace, justice and strong institutions.
In addition to the Mona Research Village, Research Days highlighted the institution’s projects through several signature events, research publications, faculty-based workshops, book launches, lectures, seminars, panel discussions and demos.
Of special interest was the Faculty of Medical Science’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Eulalie Kahwa from the UWI School of Nursing. Kahwa is the first Professor of Nursing at The UWI. The lecture was held under the theme, “Strengthening Health Care Systems through Capacity Building for Research and Policy Development among Nurses and Midwives”. It explored the provision of a platform for developing research and leadership capacity for nurses and midwives, as well as support for innovative programmes and practices in the field.
Another notable event was hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Their TEDx UWIMona, endorsed by the international organisers, TED Talk, brought together several experts across a range of topical areas to discuss and exchange new ideas. Some of these experts included Lecturer and CEO of Scarce Commodity, Dr Andre Haughton; Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton; Lecturer, Caricom Special Rapporteur on Disability and Director of The UWI, Mona Centre for Disability Studies, Senator Floyd Morris; CEO of University & College Ambassadors and recent UWI graduate, Kristofferson Nunes.
The UWI Mona Research Days is an annual event that showcases the research being done on the Mona Campus. It is hoped that by doing so, various stakeholders will understand the need for continued policy and financial support so that the institution can expand its research for the continued benefit of Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.