Best wishes to The Mico University College

November 28, 2021 0 comments Dr. Marston Thomas, PhD, JP Categories Updates

IT IS with an immense sense of pride that I ask you to join me in celebrating the 185th anniversary of The Mico University College, under the theme of Nation-Building, Leadership and Innovation.

The Mico Institution, as it was earlier called, opened its doors in 1836 to newly freed poor black student teachers – three men and seven women. Its goal at the time was to train local schoolteachers at the elementary level and transform the educational landscape.

At 185 years, the university college continues to provide teacher education to student teachers at the undergraduate level through the Faculties of Education and Leadership, Humanities and Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology. In addition, the institution currently offers four master's programmes through its Graduate School of Education.

The university's main mission is to become the university of choice in the Caribbean for teacher education and the centre of excellence for pedagogy in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM), and specialised diagnostic and therapeutic research through the Mico CARE Centre. One of our prime areas is education research using ITER, the Institute of Technological and Educational Research, as the vehicle for strengthening our teaching and learning curriculum and adapting to new pedagogy and theories.

We are focused on the effective integration of information communication technologies in our teacher education programmes, aimed at equipping our students for the digital environment of the 21st century. As we rebrand and reposition ourselves to achieve full university status, I am pleased to announce that our institution has been granted institutional accreditation as a university college by the University Council of Jamaica. We are the first teacher-training institution to achieve that significant milestone.

As we continue to build on the foundation of our legacy, and look towards the future, we recognise that our college has been in the forefront of educational transformation over the last 185 years. We are committed to being innovative to ensure that our students are fit for purpose. Innovation, nation-building and leadership are still the hallmark of this institution as we remain relevant.

During this anniversary and beyond, I look forward to us implementing our strategic plans, growing our flagship programmes and building Jamaica's human capital to make "Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business".

I thank our trustees, chancellor, pro chancellor, board of directors, all levels of staff, students and alumni - past and present, for their continuous support over these many years.

Best wishes to The Mico University College.

ASBURN PINNOCK
President, The Mico University College

This article first appeared in the Sunday Gleaner, November 28, 2021 - Jamaica, as part of a national celebration of The Mico's 185th Anniversary Celebration. From PressReader >