UTech, Ja. and OLADE Deliver Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Development and Social Inclusion

Representatives from, UTech, Jamaica and OLADE, along with participants from Belize, Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Trinidad and Jamaica, during the opening ceremony for the diploma programme in Energy Development and Social Inclusion held at UTech, Jamaica’s Papine campus on Monday, October 5, 2015.

 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.), led by the School of Engineering,  in collaboration with OLADE (Latin American Energy Organization) on Monday, October 5, 2015 welcomed fourteen (14) participants from six (6) Caribbean member states for the start of a six-week post graduate diploma programme in Energy Development and Social Inclusion.  The programme which will run from October 5 to November 13 at UTech, Jamaica’s Papine campus is aimed at “improving knowledge on social, economic, environmental and legal aspects related to energy development and to effectively address them through energy governance.”

Speaking at the welcome ceremony held at the Faculty of Engineering and Computing Conference Room on Monday, October 5, Associate Professor Noel Brown, Head, School of Engineering, said that the School has established a productive partnership with OLADE and both institutions have worked together on several projects over the years.  These have included an energy efficiency lighting project and an energy audit training programme for students.  UTech, Ja. and OLADE also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) affirming their intent for continued cooperation on energy development and education.

The Latin-American Energy Organization (OLADE) is an international public entity of cooperation established in 1973 to develop a more equitable economic relationship between developed countries and the developing countries of Latin American and the Caribbean. The organization is committed to the defense of natural resources in the Region, technical cooperation on policies for sustainable and comprehensive development and measures to address issues arising in the energy sector such as market prices, supply demand, electricity generation, energy efficiency, climate change and data management.

Syllabus and Content

In providing an overview of the diploma programme, Associate Professor Noel Brown  said that  the 6-week programme will be delivered in three parts with five modules examining areas such as Energy and Society, Sociology of Socio-environmental Conflict, Global Environmental Governance, Economic and Social Realities of the Energy Chain and Social Inclusion in energy Regulation. The modules will be delivered by faculty from UTech, Jamaica’s School of Engineering:  Associate Professor Noel Brown, Dr. Kavian Coke, Mr. Oneil Josephs along with Mr. Oral Rainford from the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and training specialists from OLADE.

Acting President, UTech, Jamaica, Prof. Colin Gyles in his welcome, said that “it was an easy decision for the University to agree to partner with OLADE for the delivery of this programme.”  The Acting President noted that energy development and social inclusion are hallmarks of the UTech, Jamaica thrust and focus, adding that the twinning of energy development and the related socio-environmental dynamics is a timely reminder that all types of development ultimately affect people.  He emphasized that in this regard “the social concerns for human well being must therefore always be of concern to us and must factor into our decision making policies and practices.”

Mrs. Paola Carrera, OLADE Coordinator, Information Management and Training in her remarks, emphasized that energy is a matter of social inclusion.  She noted that among the key expected outcomes of the diploma programme is enhancing participants’ understanding of the types of energy, their interaction with environmental problems and their impact on social dynamics.  She said that OLADE created the postgraduate level certificate agreement with top universities in the region to “build institutional capacities and knowledge transfer to enable countries to make better informed decisions related to social, economic, environmental and legal aspects towards a sustainable energy development.”

The participants from Belize, Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Trinidad and Jamaica, during the opening ceremony, all gave an overview of their current job descriptions in energy development related fields and their expectations of gaining insightful knowledge to be applied in their respective countries.

The University of Technology, Jamaica welcomes participants of the post graduate diploma programme in Energy Development and Social Inclusion to the UTech, Ja. Papine campus.

 

Corporate Communications Unit

Advancement Division

University of Technology, Jamaica

 

October 7, 2015

 

Photo: Calvin McKain Library, UTech, Jamaica

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