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World Bank Supports Capacity Building of Animation Programme at UTech, Jamaica

University of Technology | 2018-11-12 13:47:00

The Animation Production and Development degree programme at the University of Technology, Jamaica has been significantly boosted by support from the World Bank, through the implementation of the Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project facilitated by an agreement signed between the Bank and the Government of Jamaica.  The Project is providing over $44 million dollars of resources in digital animation hardware, software and training at the University.

World Bank Vice President for the Caribbean and Latin America, Mr Jorge Familiar accompanied by a delegation, visited the Digital Animation Lab at UTech, Jamaica’s Papine Campus on Thursday, November 8, 2018.  During his visit he reviewed first-hand, the results of the YEDAI Project implementation at the Campus and interacted with members of faculty and animation students who are pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Animation Production and Development.
“The Coolest World Bank Project” - Familiar
Noting that he was impressed with the facilities and the work of the students, Mr Familiar expressed with pride that the UTech, Jamaica digital lab is “the coolest World Bank Project that I have ever seen,” further quipping that “I want to stay here and take classes with you … to learn to do some of these spectacular things that I see you doing.”
Mr Familiar was accompanied by World Bank executives, Ms Tasheen Sayed Country Director for the Caribbean, Ms Galina Sotirova, Country Manager for Jamaica, Ms Karlene Francis, Operations Officer and Mr Robert Reid, Animation Specialist, YEDAI Project, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
UTech, Jamaica President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie in welcoming the team, expressed appreciation to the World Bank and the Government of Jamaica for contributing to capacity building of the digital animation programme and infrastructure at the University.  “This financial and technical support have greatly equipped our students and members of faculty with the required tools for teaching and learning and for enhancing competencies and skills to contribute to Jamaica’s burgeoning animation and digital industry,” the President said.  The President specially thanked Mr Robert Reid, OPM who he noted has been a “consistent guide, friend and advisor on the YEDAI Project and in other computer and animation activities at this University.”
Ms Nadine Maitland, Programme Director for the BSc. Animation Production and Development reiterated the University’s gratitude to the World Bank and the OPM for provision of the digital animation resources and training for lecturers.   
The visit concluded with a demo reel of students’ 3D animation work, some of which the Programme Director noted, have been done for private companies and for the Government of Jamaica.

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