A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Moscow State University on Tuesday, April 7, at the Russian Embassy in Jamaica..
Pro-vice chancellor and principal of the UWI, Professor Archibald McDonald, noted that "the UWI and Jamaica, by extension, stands to benefit greatly from this agreement, especially in the areas of science and technology. I hope that, in time, though, that this agreement can move to having our personnel at both universities in constant communication, exchanging of ideas, research and findings, which is what will strengthen and maintain this relationship moving forward."
Professor Vyacheslav M. Tyutyunnik of the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts explained, "we have agreed to exchange staff and students for practical experiences and research, as well as the exchange of scholarly, pedagogical material and publications. Joint research and investigative collaborations will take place in the fields of medicine, science and technology and culture, among other areas. Both universities will facilitate technical assistance and training, artistic and cultural exchange and language exchange."
The memorandum will allow for students and staff of both universities to participate in exchange programmes in an effort to continue building on the relationship between the countries.
Special guests in attendance included Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer and Dr Arnold Foote.
Saturday Openings will resume at the Institute of Jamaica's (IOJ) East Street, Kingston, complex on April 25. Tours of the various exhibitions will be free.
There will be a host of activities for the family, especially children, as well as open and booked tours of the exhibitions.
This year, Saturday Openings will feature special events organised by the divisions on the first Saturday of each month.
Saturday Openings relaunches with Paint It at the East Street Junior Centre, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paint It caters to the family. Persons are invited to participate in activities such as body painting, face painting and Henna designs. Body designers Eon and Robby and Henna Threads will be offering these services, introducing body artistry to the IOJ.
Visitors will also have a chance to tour the most recent exhibition, Call &Response: Drums, Masques and Spirits, a companion to this year's Grounation Series, which was hosted by the Jamaica Music Museum.
Chalk designing will be featured at the event, as well as drumming performances by the children of the Junior Centre.
The Institute of Jamaica first introduced Saturday Openings on a six-month trial basis last year, ending in October.
Singer/songwriter Cherine is partnering with a team of young professionals and students to kick-start the Groove Campus initiative. The Groove Campus Tour is aimed at connecting leading musical bands with student-outreach projects, in order to promote education, creativity, entertainment and social responsibility. The biannual tour will help to kick-start fund-raising efforts for student-led projects, through a series of live on-campus concerts.
Projects confirmed for the Spring 2015 edition of the Groove Campus Tour are The Queen's School Breakfast Project, the Munro College Gears Up Cadets Project, the Holy Trinity High Keep It Moving Fitness Project, G.C. Foster College's pool refurbishing project, Excelsior High's Sci-Tech Project and Rollington Town Primary's Cool Down Ceiling Fan Project.
There is also Groove Open Campus, an all-day cook-out with a lunch-hour concert and after-work jam to benefit the ROC Scholarship Programme. Groove Open Campus is the only event of the tour that is open to the general public.
From June 5 to 7, poetry will take flight at Liberty Hill Great House and Spa in Lime Hall, St Ann.
This follows a highly successful inaugural retreat in Highgate, St Mary, in 2014, with poet Christine Craig, which attracted poets from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United States.
The JN Foundation has already confirmed its support for this year's event.
The retreat will draw on St Ann's rich history and cultural heritage, with expert talks on jonkanoo, mento and the Tainos.
There will be a Sunday afternoon of poetry readings that will also showcase community craft persons and artists. Professor Morris, workshop participants, as well as local and upcoming poets, will read from their work on June 7, from 2:30 p.m.
This will be free and open to the public. Local residents will be especially welcome. For city dwellers, Jamaica Cultural Enterprises will arrange a day trip from Kingston for the occasion.
In April 2014, Mervyn Morris, was appointed as the first poet laureate for Jamaica since Independence. Registration for the retreat is now open online at http://drp.eventzilla.net. Selection is based on writing submissions.