UWI heads downtown for new tech park

The University of the West Indies Mona has announced plans to construct a technology park in downtown, Kingston within the next two years.

UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles made the announcement Tuesday during the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President’s Forum.

“We have asked the government to give us two or three buildings — large buildings downtown. We will find the resources to retrofit them and we will turn them into technology parks,” Beckles said.

He explained that the tech parks will bring the latest science and technology advances into one space as part of a greater effort to work with the private sector to find solutions and apply innovation to industrial development.

Beckles said the tech parks were the next stage of development for the Mona campus.

“The next stage for the Mona Campus is not more of Mona. It is a transformation of Mona downtown, bringing it to your community to work side by side with you,” said Beckles.

Beckles noted that similar tech parks were in the making for Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

He noted that in Barbados Sagicor has leased its ancestral headquarter building to the university for 55 years.

This building, he said, will be transformed into a tech park, which is expected to bring the university’s expertise in the areas of science, technology and innovation to work with the private sector in order to test and develop products for commercialisation and exportation.

“The Cave Hill campus is going to have a technology park were the private sector and university researchers can sit, interact and develop concepts,” Beckles said.

Similarly, Beckles noted that the government of Trinidad and Tobago has given the St Augustine campus one US$100M and 100 acres of land in the south of Trinidad to build a tech park. Read more

Source: Loop Jamaica