T he University of Technology, Jamaica has launched an academic publishing house to promote the distribution of its scholarly research.
In a ceremony at the new Shared Facilities Building on the campus two Thursdays ago, university president Professor Stephen Vasciannie told members of the academic and administrative staff present to witness the historic launch that: “The University of Technology, Jamaica Press represents an important effort to enhance research and publications at the university. We need the university press to provide an outlet for university members into the publishing world.”
Martin Henry, manager, projects and operations in the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship has been tasked as project manager for the UTech, Jamaica Press, with an 11- member editorial advisory board comprising staff drawn from faculty and administration.
“The press will be development-oriented, both in respect of the development of staff members and in respect of its contribution to broad issues of development in Jamaica and the Caribbean,” he noted.
Several major universities worldwide run publishing houses. In Jamaica, Northern Caribbean University and The University of the West Indies operate their own presses.