Digicel Foundation has established a Chair in Telecommunications Policy and Management at the University of the West Indies in an effort to encourage development and increase tertiary educational opportunities in the region.
The announcement was made in Kingston, Jamaica on 7 April during a reception hosted by the University of the West Indies to honour partners of the Mona Campus, says a company press release.
Praising the move by Digicel Foundation, Professor Kenneth Hall, UWI’s PRO Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus stated, ‘It is the largest and most generous donation that we have had as a sponsored Chair in the University.’
Harry Smith, Chairman of Digicel Foundation, told participants at the reception that the new Chair exemplifies the commitment of Digicel and Digicel Foundation to the establishment of sustainable institutions in Jamaica and the broader Caribbean.
‘The establishment of this Chair . . . is timely as the boom in this technology has created a need for highly trained individuals, skilled in all aspects of this growing sector,’ he said. ‘At Digicel, we believe in the importance of training and further development and encourage our staff to expand their knowledge and qualifications.’
The Digicel Foundation Chairman explained that the new Chair will be hosted by the UWI’s Mona School of Business, and will provide learning opportunities to both under-graduates and post-graduates.
Digicel Foundation views the move by the organisation from being a Century Club member (a contributor of at least $1million to the UWI yearly), to establishing a new discipline in Telecomm and Management as a natural progression for both the Foundation and Digicel.
‘Digicel has been a member of the UWI Century Club from very early after our launch here in Jamaica, and this signals a deepening of our relationship with this institution,’ Mr. Smith remarked in reference to the sponsorship of the new Chair.
Digicel Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Digicel to distribute and utilize resources for building communities and the community spirit in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean. To date, the Foundation has rebuilt the Lakes Pen Basic School in St. Catherine, allocated $200 million towards Jamaica’s Hurricane Ivan relief effort and provided recreational equipment for Arnett Gardens in Kingston and Farm Heights/Rose Heights in St. James.