Message from the Dean - Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI, Mona
Professor Waibinte E. Wariboko
On behalf of my colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, I wish to congratulate the School of Education for the leadership role it has been playing in the furtherance of TVET as a multidisciplinary body of scholarship within the academy. As some of you might know, the first international conference in the Caribbean was successfully initiated and held in 2012 through efforts of the School of Education in collaboration with several local and overseas partners, including most of those supporting the present effort. It is therefore very appropriate and befitting to acknowledge and also salute those agencies and institutions who have found it fit to invest in the growth and development of TVET by supporting the conference efforts of the School under the intellectual oversight of Dr. Halden Morris, the first Professor of TVET in the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
Via the scholarly findings of this august gathering of educators and administrators, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, vested private-sector interests and stakeholders in TVET, officials of multilateral agencies, including the state officials as represented through the Ministries of Education in the Caribbean, I am feeling optimistic that the investments in this enterprise will yield dividends by advancing scholarship and also promoting Caribbean socioeconomic development. As a multidisciplinary body of knowledge, TVET and its scholars and practitioners generally seek to offer solutions to practical socio-economic problems besetting society.
It is therefore not surprising that this Conference, among other subthemes, will be seeking to explore the benefits of energy conservation, waste management and reduction, risk management and reduction, and prudent resource management. These subthemes, examined within the context of the political economy of underdevelopment, will almost invariably highlight questions relating to disparities in regional and global wealth creation, cultural diversity and its implications for sustainable economic development, technological innovation as opposed to technology transfer, indigenous creativity, as well as investment financing and entrepreneurship in the Caribbean region and beyond.
Taking the overarching theme, “TVET for Sustainable Regional Development,” together with the aforementioned subthemes, this Conference promises to be very exciting indeed. With the benefits of the successful first conference in 2012 and the efficient capacity of the present organizing committee, I am sure that this year’s Conference will be equally successful by fulfilling the expectations and promises it has generated and advertised on its website. To all participants from near and far, let me close by wishing you all a very hearty welcome to this Conference on TVET in Montego Bay, the ultimate tourism destination of the Caribbean. Please enjoy a robust and productive academic Conference, but also find time to enjoy the social atmosphere that the Mecca of tourism in the Caribbean, Montego Bay, promises before you leave the Island of Jamaica for your respective homes locally and abroad.