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Dr. Grantley Stephenson Professorial Chair launched

By | CMU News

A new Professorial Chair has been launched at the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU, in partnership with Kingston Wharves Limited, KWL.

The Dr. Grantley Stephenson Professorial Chair in Logistics and Port Management was launched at a ceremony at KWL Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Stephenson is the Chief Executive Officer of KWL – a key partner of the CMU.

The Chair will be held jointly by two of the foremost researchers in Logistics and Port Management in the region – CMU President Professor Fritz Pinnock and CMU Deputy President, Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna.

Commenting on the rationale behind the launch of the Professorial Chair, the KWL CEO said “Kingston Wharves is pleased to partner with the CMU on this very important undertaking. This step is in keeping with our pioneering role and deep interest in Jamaica fulfilling its potential as a logistics destination and leading in the growth of the industry regionally. ”

He added, “we firmly believe that any moves we make to develop Jamaica as a logistics hub, must be underpinned and guided by research and empirical data that will inform how we build.”

Dr. Stephenson also praised the CMU and Professor Pinnock in particular for working to deepen understanding  and helping to drive exploration of the wealth of opportunities in the sector.

For his part, Professor Pinnock observed that “Logistics and Port Management represent critical aspects not just of the Jamaican economy, but indeed the regional economy and the CMU is impressed by the bold step taken by KWL, under the leadership of Dr. Stephenson, to support research in this area,”

In addition to conducting research projects, Professors Pinnock and Ajagunna will lend their considerable expertise to providing strategic and leadership support for the KWL during the engagement which is scheduled to last from May 2018 to April 2021 and is open to being renewed.

Professors Pinnock and Ajagunna have written and published over 75 industry-related peer reviews and international journal articles in multiple languages including French, Spanish, German and Chinese.


CMU partners with Optimum Customer Service consultancy

By | CMU News
The Caribbean Maritime University has teamed up with Optimum Customer Service Consultancy to work, among other initiatives, on the Technology Advancement programme, TAP.
Optimum is a customer service training company which started in the UK over 10 years ago and launched in Jamaica in 2017. Thanks to its partnership with CMU the company is now able to provide certified training to individuals. Training which is recognised not only in Jamaica but internationally.
This month heralds the start of the first project delivered in the CMU and Optimum partnership. As part of the islandwide TAP1000 initiative, Optimum delivered a professionalism module covering a variety of topics to support the students as they prepare for work. From how to behave in a professional environment, to exploring different ways to communicate, to selecting appropriate clothing for a job placement – several learning methods were used to engage participants.
Optimum already delivers certified customer service courses to the public at different locations across Jamaica.
TAP is an initiative of the Ministry of Science Energy and Technology through the Universal Service Fund, one of the agencies within the Ministry. TAP aims to support Jamaica’s thrust to become a knowledge based society by equipping young persons with the skills and experience to participate in the global digital economy.

The programme will target young persons island-wide aged 18-35 and will facilitate them acquiring and honing skills in ICT both in the classroom and the work environment. The programme will also provide human resource support to the Government of Jamaica to accelerate its ongoing digitization process. Participants will be engaged for 12 months. After this period, they will be equipped with the skills to become tech entrepreneurs or to better contribute in the world of work.