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  1. An Overview ofThe University of Trinidad and Tobago April 2008 April 2008

  2. Presentation Outline • UTT Academic Programmes • Student Services & Integration Process • The Centre for Digital Media • The Academy for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs • The Academy of the Performing Arts • The Academy of Sports and Leisure • The Academy of Fashion and Design April 2008

  3. National Development • Education and Training at all Levels • Development Oriented Research and its Commercial Implementation • Service to Industry April 2008

  4. Mr. Robert Riley Chairman and CEO, bpTT Dr. René Monteil Executive Director, UTT Mr. Frank Look Kin President, NGC Mr. Ian Welch Managing Director, PCS Nitrogen Mr. Lincoln Warner THA Representative, Tobago Professor Dyer Narinesingh Dean, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, UWI Mr. Scott Hilton-Clarke Consultant/Entrepreneur Mr. RavindraNathMaharaj Religious Leader Mr. Errol Pilgrim Advisor, Ministry of Works and Transport Current Board April 2008

  5. Development Model • Existing national training entities offered disparate training programmes at several levels – Certificates, Diplomas, Associate Degrees, Bachelor Degrees and Master Degrees • Articulation between programmes not clearly defined • Infrastructure at the existing institutions were inadequate • Industry input for alignment of the programmes, and the cadre of graduates being produced • Fragmented R&D April 2008

  6. Development Model • Strategy for expanding access and enhancing quality was to integrate existing institutions and/or functions under UTT umbrella • Development of relevant teaching curricula identified as a key factor • Development of R&D capacity also identified as an important requirement • TTIT is the first integrated institution (2004) • Teachers Colleges at Corinth and Valsayn and Technical Institutes at San Fernando and Port of Spain followed April 2008

  7. Development Model • Additional Institutions identified for integration: • Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry • Caribbean Industrial Research Institute • Institute of Marine Affairs • Elements of Metal Industries Company • National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology • Sugarcane Feed Centre • Research Division of the Centeno Experimental Station • Aripo Livestock Station • Caroni Research Station April 2008

  8. Structure • The Academic Body Incorporates functions for all educational affairs and activities, research and development, determination of criteria for appointing academic personnel, academic support functions and student affairs and services • The Corporate Body Services which create an enabling environment for academic pursuits, and for expanding the visibility of the institution April 2008

  9. Structure • Three Schools • School of Science, Engineering and Technology • School of Learning, Cognition and Education • School of Postgraduate Studies, Research and Development • Four Academies • Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs • The Performing Arts • Sports and Leisure Studies • Fashion and Design • Several Institutes April 2008

  10. Structure – Academic Body April 2008

  11. Programme Focus • Focal Areas • Upstream Technologies • Process and Utilities Engineering • Construction Studies • Maritime Industry • Information, Communications Technology • Industrial Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing • Teacher Education • Biosciences, Agriculture and Food Technology • Marine and Environmental Sciences • Health Sciences April 2008

  12. Programme Overview • PUP • Certificates • Sports Studies • Process Operations • Diplomas • National Engineering Technician’s Diploma • Automotive Engineering • Chemical Engineering • Civil Engineering • Communications Engineering • Computer Engineering • Electrical/Electronic Engineering • Instrumentation Engineering • Manufacturing Engineering • Mechanical Engineering • Petroleum Engineering • Agriculture (ECIAF) • Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health • Fashion Design • Fashion Management • Maritime Operations, Navigation and Engineering Options • Ornamental Horticulture (ECIAF) • Forestry (ECIAF) • Visual Communication Design April 2008

  13. Programme Overview • BASc. and MEng. Degrees (Bachelor of Applied Science/Masters in Engineering) • Biomedical Engineering •  Civil and Construction Systems • Information and Communications Technology • Manufacturing • Petroleum •  Process                           •  Utilities   • Bachelor’s Degree • Education • Fashion Design • Sport Studies April 2008

  14. Graduate Programmes • Ph. D. Programmes • Information and Communications Technology • Manufacturing • Petroleum • Process & Utilities • Research Groupings • Natural Gas Institute of the Americas • Bioengineering • Mechatronics • Health, Safety and the Environment • Energy Systems • Biomedical Engineering • Academy for Arts, Culture and Public Affairs • M.Sc. Programmes • Environmental Science & Management • Health Administration • Industrial Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management • Information and Communications Technology • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production • Petroleum • Process & Utilities • Sport for Development • Sport Management April 2008

  15. CO-OP PROGRAMME • The Structure of an Engineering Operation • Engineering Practice in an Industrial Environment • Interfacing with other departments • Marketing • Finance • Human Resources • HSE April 2008

  16. University of Texas University of Cambridge - Manufacturing Industry Links Limited Johns Hopkins Medicine International The Technical University of Denmark SIRIM Berhad of Malaysia IBM Corporation Suez LNG (T&T) Limited and Exmar NV (Belgium) Carnegie Mellon University School of Sport, Exercise Sciences and Sports Development (Longhborough University – UK) University of British Colombia (UBC) Institute of Technology PetronasSdn. Bhd Alliances and Partnerships April 2008

  17. Proposed Programmes 2008-9 • Marine Sciences • Biosciences, Agriculture and Food Technology • Fashion and Design • Performing Arts • Commerce • Construction Systems • Sport and Leisure (BSc) • Maritime Studies (BSc) • Engineering (Additional programmes) • Criminology and Public Safety • Herbal Institute (Research) • Health Administration April 2008

  18. Student Services April 2008

  19. The Student Body • 1,189 graduates between 2005 and 2007 • 5,423 students presently registered for all University programmes • Projections for the next three years: 2008/2009 - 7,922 2009/2010 - 8,124 2010/2011 - 9,550 April 2008

  20. The Student Body CERTIFICATE, DIPLOMA, DEGREES (undergraduate and post-graduate Total # - 4547 PRE-UNIVERSITY PROGRAMME (PUP) Total # - 876 April 2008

  21. Staffing Composition of Staff Academic – 78% nationals; 22% non-nationals Corporate – 96 % nationals; 4% non-nationals April 2008

  22. Supply and Demand • UTT received 4637 applications for 2667 spaces (57%) • B.Ed applications reached 1262 for 400 spaces (32%) April 2008

  23. Status of Integration Process • GORTT mandate – Integration into UTT • Corinth Teachers College • Valsayn Teachers College • San Fernando Technical Institute • John Donaldson Technical Institute • CARIRI • NIHERST • ECIAF • RSS • MIC April 2008

  24. Status of Integration Process • The dynamics of meaningful integration – exit & restart • Teachers Colleges • SFTI & JDTI • CARIRI & MIC and the establishment of CISL • IMA and the Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences • NIHERST – Science Popularisation and PUP • ECIAF & RSS and the Centre for Biosciences, Agriculture and Food Technology April 2008

  25. Centre for Digital Media Professor Michael Smith Program Professor, ICT Vice President, Digital Media Studies April 2008

  26. Centre for Digital Media • Media Production • Animation • Music and Video • Media Processing • 2D & 3D Graphics • Content Analysis • Visualization Affiliations Information Communications Technology, Arts and Culture, Sports, Bioengineering, Marine Studies April 2008

  27. Interdisciplinary Focus Arizona State University, Arts Media and Engineering Program April 2008

  28. Local Content Develop content creation expertise New Broadcast and Commercial Content Promotion of consumers as creators of content April 2008

  29. Industrial Automation Virtual Environments Collaborative Work Distance Education April 2008

  30. Projects: Virtual MuseumAcademy of Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs Physical Displays Virtual Museums Archives Steelband - The Beginning "Pan as an item was not invented b y any person. It evolved and there are a number of people, including myself, who advanced it through certain stages of that evolution." (Elliott Mannette, October 25, 2000) Between 1838 and 1883, the beating of skin drums was an integral part of Carnival celebrations. When a ban on all drum-beating was imposed in 1884, Carnival celebrants had to look for an alternative to the skin drum. They turned to bamboo after they discovered that dried bamboo of various diameters produced different sounds, when cut to differing lengths and struck with wooden sticks. Bands that used bamboo to produce music were called Tamboo Bamboo bands and the first report of such a band taking part in Carnival was in 1891. With the passage of time, Tamboo Bamboo bands were integrated into Carnival and flourished until the 1930s. April 2008

  31. Technological Challenges April 2008

  32. Technological Partnership April 2008

  33. Projects: Animation Diploma Program and Community Workshops, Entertainment, 3D Modeling and Commercial Industries Trinidad Content, Pilots and “AnimaeCaribe” Festival http://www.animaecaribe.com/ April 2008

  34. Tobago Aquatic Center April 2008

  35. Interdisciplinary Research • Marine Surveillance • Bioengineering • Sports Video April 2008

  36. UTT Multimedia Course Multimedia, Computer Vision Image and Video Processing Community and commercial applications Project Course Proof of Concept design Emphasis on Trinidad and Tobago April 2008

  37. Proposed 2008/09 Courses April 2008

  38. The Academy of the Performing Arts • The Academy of Sports and Leisure • The Academy of Fashion and Design April 2008

  39. April 2008

  40. Thank You…… April 2008