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Every voyage, the Semester at Sea International Field Programs Office works with in-country partners, UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB), to recruit one to two outstanding university students from select port countries on the voyage itinerary to act as Interport Students (IPS). These students travel to the previous port on the itinerary, board our ship – the MV World Odyssey, and sail with the shipboard community to their port country. Two students were selected from our Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business programme, Julia Harripersad and Okera Duncan. They will sail from Brazil on November 15 to arrive in Trinidad on November 24, 2019.

Julia Harripersad, current student of Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business

Okera Duncan, current student of Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business

The primary role of the IPS is to act as a peer in cultural exchange, and provide shipboard staff and faculty with a native informant deeply familiar with the port country or city. During their time aboard the MV World Odyssey, Julia and Okera may do any or all of the following:

Responsibilities: 

  • Participate as a visitor in shipboard courses – offer personal insights from their experience growing up, living, working, and attending school in their home country
  • Share meals with student clubs or other members of the shipboard community
  • Assist the Field Office and Administrative Team with questions pertaining to their home country
  • Give a presentation on a topic of cultural or logistical interest or a topic of their passion / choosing (ex: things voyagers can see and do in port, an upcoming holiday celebration in their home country, an interesting community service initiative at their university, different types of local or regional cuisine, etiquette, etc.)
  • Host informal language lessons (if applicable)
  • Potentially assist a professor or trip liaison on an excursion during the first two days the ship is docked in their home country (depending upon schedules and professor preference)

Students will benefits from an intercultural academic exchange experience to add to one’s resume/CV as well as have the opportunity to meet peers, experience a different type of university life and culture, and make connections with faculty in a variety of disciplines.

To find out more about our Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business, Call: 645-6700 ext. 200 or email: admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt


Two Lok Jack GSB alumnae selected to participate in Florida International University and Georgetown University Programme

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The Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business has enjoyed a long-standing strategic partnership with both the Florida International University (FIU) and Georgetown University.  Collaboration with these respected institutions has resulted in advancements in our programme offerings and valuable international opportunities for our alumni. 

Two of our alumnae will be embarking on an exciting and edifying journey this September, whereby they will participate in a combined certificate programme on International Business and Public Policy.  This week-long programme includes classes in Florida and Washington D.C. and incorporates a range of topics such as Leadership, Innovation, Financial Investment Strategy and Digital and Social Media.

Denecia Jacobs, a former student in the Master of International Strategic Marketing programme (formerly called the Master of Marketing), Cohort 12, is one of 10 applicants in receipt of a scholarship to attend the International Business and Public Policy programme. 

“I feel extremely blessed, humbled and honoured to have been one of this year’s recipients of the highly coveted and competitive scholarship for the FIU-Georgetown programme on International Business and Public Policy. I’m also deeply appreciative to have such amazing support from my alma mater in my academic growth and success even long after I’ve graduated, as they continue to share opportunities such as this scholarship with their alumni. 

This cycle of the FIU-Georgetown programme focuses on the growing impact of U.S. government policy on the financial services sector in emerging markets, and given my role within the financial sector in the Caribbean, I’m hoping that I can return armed with the tools we need as a country and as a region to navigate the influence of U.S. governmental policies/regulations and work in tandem with government agencies on policies that positively impact our economic and business environment.” – Denecia Jacobs, alumna, Master of International Strategic Marketing, Cohort 12.

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Janelle Ome

Our second alumna who will participate in the International Business and Public Policy certificate programme at FIU is Janelle Ome, former student of the Master of Human Resource Management programme, Cohort 25. Janelle recently attended the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual convention in Las Vegas as part of the UWI-ALJGSB student delegation. 

During a lecture in Portland, Oregon, Nobel Prize Laureate Toni Morrison said “If you can’t imagine it, you can’t have it.”

This quote reminded me of one of the reasons why I choose the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business to pursue the Masters in Human Resource Management.  At the time, the school’s website informed of the benefit to attending a joint programme at their partner university, Florida International University, the idea of this opportunity encouraged and inspired me. I am very excited and proud to attend the Certificate in International Business and Public Policy Program, a joint certificate programme at Florida International University and Georgetown University. These two institutions have demonstrated their commitment to building highly skilled, knowledgeable and future ready executives for the dynamics of today’s business.

As a final year student of the Masters in Human Resource Management, my chosen electives of International Economics and Business Strategy along with HRIS and HR Decision Making were very relevant for my current role as Human Resource Manager – Technology & Functions. This program at FIU and Georgetown will build my capabilities in business acumen, strategic thinking, leadership, digital enablement and innovation.  I look forward to stretching my capabilities on a larger, more impactful scale to prepare me for future leadership roles.” – Janelle Ome, alumna, Master of Human Resource Management, Cohort 25.

Dr. Wynette Harewood, Programme Director, Master of Human Resource Management, says “This experience highlights opportunities for MHRM students to deepen and expand their understanding of the relationship between government policy, business and human capital development. I hope  Janelle’s success  will inspire more of  our  MHRM  students  to embrace this  or  other similar opportunities  provided  by the School.” 

Global Student

The UWI-ALJGSB remains committed to providing our students with an authentic learning experience on a global scale.  This includes opportunities to be a part of international study trips, conventions and events, immersion programmes and cultural exchanges. 

We congratulate Denecia and Janelle and applaud them for their continued commitment towards personal and professional growth! 

Lok Jack GSB Executive MBA Ranked #20 in the Latin America Region

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According to the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2019, the Executive MBA programme offered by the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business ranked #20 in the Latin American region. Lok Jack GSB was the only Business School from the Caribbean to make its way into the top 20!

Executive MBA Ranking Number 20 in Latin America Region

The Eduniversal Best Masters & MBAs ranking classifies the best post-graduate programmes in the world and recognizes the academic strengths within global institutions. The ranking is determined by the survey responses received from three important ranking groups each year: deans and directors of the programmes, recruiters, and graduating students. The results of the surveys from these three groups are used to determine the ranking of programmes in 50 fields of study. The Ranking is an important source of information, often used by students and companies to determine the quality of an institution.

The Executive MBA programme offered by the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business is globally accredited and recognized by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the global standard for all MBA programmes. The programme is  designed to transform senior executives into capable global leaders by equipping students with the skills to:

  • Make strategic decisions that would positively affect an organization
  • Lead an organisation while accomplishing organisational goals
  • Conduct research and create applicable solutions for organizational issues

To speak with an Academic Advisor directly contact us on 1-868-645-6700 ext. 200 or email admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

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UWI – ALJGSB launches Not – for – Profit Programme in collaboration with JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II

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The UWI – ALJGSB and the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II welcomed the first cohort of participants into the Professional Certificate in Not – for – Profit Management programme which commenced on 22nd June 2019. A first of its kind in the region, the programme will equip participants will the skills and tools to navigate a sector that is demanding more professionalism, greater transparency, increased financial accountability, and a growing focus on measuring results. The JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II awarded five (5) scholarships for tuition into this intake of the programme. This 6-month programme will run once annually.

 

 

For more information on this programme contact our Executive Education team at 645-6700 ext. 286 or email: openenrolment@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

Lok Jack GSB MBA in Sustainable Energy Management ranked # 17 in Oil and Gas Management and Trade Worldwide

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We are proud to announce that our MBA Sustainable Energy Management programme is the only one in the Caribbean that has been ranked number seventeen (#17) in the Oil and Gas Management and Trade worldwide in the ‘Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking Worldwide 2019.’
The MBA in Sustainable Energy Management is recognized by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) with its prestigious MBA Innovation Award. This award is for MBA programmes that “are innovative in content and they have taken risks by introducing new ideas and concepts.” The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Their accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes.

For more information on this programme speak to our academic advisor Mrs. Shivana Ali at 645-6700 ext. 200 or email: admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business students coordinates International Day 2019

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On February 14th, 2019 the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business hosted International Day in commemoration of ‘World International Day 2019’ which was coordinated by the undergraduate students at Lok Jack GSB. The event highlighted the international opportunities that exist for current students such as employment opportunities and student exchanges.

The event was oversubscribed with over 200 forms five and CAPE ‘A ‘ level students from various schools. There were embassies such as the Republic of Chile, Japan, USA and more. In additon, there were companies showcasing their products and services as well as sharing their internship opportunities available to participants. These were as follows: Blue Waters, Nestle, Massy Technologies, Association of Caribbean States, grand Bay Paper Products and more.

 

Bachelor Students from French Guiana visit the Lok Jack GSB for their summer session

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French Guianese students from the from the École de Gestion et de Commerce de Guyane, visited the Lok Jack GSB North Campus for a study tour as part of their summer session, from 27 – 29 May. This initiative was spearheaded by the Institutional and International Relations Centre (IIRC), and included the participation and support of our Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business students and coordinators.

The students were first treated to a tour of the Lok Jack GSB campus before plunging into a full schedule of various educational activities and sessions, facilitated by local and regional business experts. These sessions included “Conducting Business in the Caribbean & Latin America” facilitated by Dr. Mahindra Ramesh Ramdeen, CEO, Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA), and “Youths in Business” presented by Mr. Surrendra Maharaj, Chief Coach and Principal Consultant, Boundless Consulting and Mr. Sedron Collings, Managing Director, Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Dr. Mahindra Ramesh Ramdeen, CEO of the TTMA, speaks to French Guianese students on “Conducting Business in the Caribbean & Latin America.’”  

 

At the sessions, students were presented with various topics related to exporting in the Caribbean and Latin America including the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), trade agreements, ease of doing business and more. Students were challenged to make comparisons with doing business in French Guiana.

Students also engaged in numerous workshops such as design thinking, which highlighted the transition from inspiration and ideation towards implementation. Our facilitators exposed them to tools and techniques such as visualization, mapping, and using storytelling to create solutions. They also engaged in testing, refining, and improving new ideas, business models, and processes. To wrap up the sessions, students who developed a business idea had the opportunity to present it to a panel of entrepreneurs.

 

Students from French Guiana and the Lok Jack GSB Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business (T&T) programme, mingling in front of the “Future of Trends Map” at the Atrium of the Lok Jack GSB campus.

 

Students Exchange and Study Tours are initiatives and services offered by the UWI-Lok Jack GSB through the Institutional and International Relations Centre (IIRC). For more information about student exchanges or study trips, please contact the IIRC at (868) 645-6700 ext. 139 or email: iirc@lokjackgsb.edu.tt.

To learn more about the Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business programme, please contact the Admissions department at admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt or (868) 645-6700 ext. 200.

Launch of the Alumni Mentorship Programme 2019 (A.M.P 2019)

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On Tuesday 7th May, the 2019 cycle of the Alumni Mentorship Programme was launched.

With over 40 mentors and mentees in attendance, this interactive and informative session served as an introduction between mentors and mentees. Students and Alumni were able to interact, network and engage in fruitful discussions on their goals, not just for the short term, but also on where they would like to see their careers go as they complete their degrees at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.

                     

Ms Anya Narine Maraj and Mr David Roberts, who are previous mentors, facilitated this year’s launch event. They both gave guidance and tips to the new mentors and the mentees on setting SMART goals, being realistic in their expectations and generally, on developing a mutually beneficial working relationship going forward.

The Alumni Mentorship Programme is an initiative of the Lok Jack GSB – Advancement and Alumni Relations Centre and is conducted annually for a period of six (6) months. This year’s cycle will run from 7th May to 25th October 2019.

The objectives of the A.M.P are:

  1. To assist students by pairing them with past students who will provide mentorship and guidance as they progress through their respective programmes at the Lok Jack GSB.
  2. To expand the professional networks of all participants with the view of having a more integrated and diverse Lok Jack GSB business network.
  3. To assist in the professional development of the future business leaders of the Caribbean.
  4. To tap into the tacit knowledge and experience inherent in the Alumni in training the new generation of professionals who are not necessarily learned in the classroom.
  5. To facilitate the transfer of knowledge from different eras of business professionals for the overall development of all participants.

To learn more about the Lok Jack GSB Alumni Mentorship Programme, click HERE!

                                        

Stress, Education and Productivity.

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As with nature, the strongest survive by adapting to change. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection explained this concept. In the natural world, however, this change happens slowly but surely.   Change by itself is not bad; it is the adaptation to change that is difficult. In the natural world, this slow evolutionary change sometimes takes the pain out of the adaptation process.

Fast forward now to the world of business. Change is rapid in all aspects of business. In the world of technology, we have Moore’s Law, which is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years. Seemingly an inconspicuous observation? Don’t be fooled by its apparent simplicity. This very observation is what causes all of us to be glued to our mobile devices and access so many services electronically which was not even a dream 10 years ago. So most of us cope with this change by accessing services and goods online at our convenience. We have learnt how to use social media and electronic/online games and have identified addictions to them. Companies and individuals that do not adapt quickly are relegated to oblivion. It has nothing to do with size; in fact the bigger they are the harder they fall.

Evolution of Education

So what does all of this have to do with education and productivity? While all of this change has been taking place in the world, some things have remained static. What is the purpose of education? The curricula of the various disciplines have changed from pre-primary to the tertiary level. But have we prepared our students to deal with the psychological stresses that might be peculiar to every generation? According to Ralph Maraj in the Express of May 5th 2019, the education system annually churns out thousands who are ill prepared for adulthood. How does the education system prepare one outside of academics to enter the world of adulthood with all the psychological burdens that come with it? How did previous generations manage? I have no doubts that previous generations would have dealt with various personal and societal upheavals and stresses. But was the stress in a less technological and socially connected world different from that of today?

This goes beyond the stress of examinations only. This has nothing to do with any individual examination such as SEA or University, but generally on preparing students to be productive citizens in the real world outside of academics.

If we are to consider ourselves beings of higher intelligence, then it is necessary for us to refine our education system and teach our students, from the preprimary right up to the workplace, how to deal with the pressures of our modern day life. Just as adults need help with certain aspects of stress, so do children, students and employees. Unproductive behavior may just be a symptom of something deeper.

Coping Mechanisms

Isn’t it time that we began to formally deal with coping mechanisms for children from the young age all the way to University? Would this intervention have a positive impact on our society as a whole? It has been proven in several studies that apart from the formal education, a nurturing and supportive home environment greatly increases one’s chances of succeeding in school. Armed with this knowledge we can now innovate and take the argument one step further to formally engage students in stress management and coping mechanisms. Would this lead to better performance at school, less delinquent behavior and produce an individual better prepared to enter the productive world of work?

Insufficient Productivity

We have several complaints about the lack of productivity. What is the reason for the poor work ethic? Are the problems purely organizational? Is there any room for individual responsibility? Does it have to do with education? What separates a developed country from a developing country? Is it mindset? What causes this inertia? How does one deal with mindset on an individual basis, an organizational basis and at the country level? Is it a deficiency somewhere along the line in our education system that has caused some to fall through the cracks? How do we now address this?

Do the denominational schools have a better approach to the students or is it the home and family support that allows the students to succeed in the denominational school? What is the driver of the individual motivation? What is the difference between the approaches in the denominational vs the government schools? Is there room to learn from the other both in and out of classroom lessons?

Existing Knowledge

There are several studies on motivation and leadership and the personality types that shapes an individual’s point of view.  The knowledge and capability to enact such an intervention into the formal school system is already there. The hindrance might just be the logistics at this time. Would such an intervention change our education system from being highly individualistic to more all-inclusive? Time would be the best indicator of this. But if we are creatures of higher learning then shouldn’t we put all of this productive knowledge to some use that gives us some type of competitive advantage? I have no empirical evidence to quote on this, but the idea does not seem so far – fetched to me.

Conclusion

It is not about an entirely altruistic proposal. In the long run, it is about helping society to adapt to the Darwinian Theory which has been greatly sped up outside of the natural world. The society would not fail as a whole, but it is my theory that by this formal engagement of a stress management programme from the school level we are better preparing the future generation for success. Who knows what the new world of Artificial Intelligence, Self Driving cars, Pilot- less planes, Robotics, Inter- planetary travel and unimaginable plastic pollution would unleash on the future generation? What are your views on this?

Bhushan Singh is a Lecturer and Consultant at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business

 

 

Bureau for Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MTI&T) of Suriname is ISO 9001:2015 Certified

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The UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business of Trinidad and Tobago has successfully executed a consultancy to provide training to the staff of the Bureau of Intellectual Property and to implement a Quality Management System to ensure that all their systems and  processes meet the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

The project, which involved a collaborative effort of consultants from Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname, commenced in May 2018. The Team drafted IT procedures and QMS administration procedures, while developing quality objectives and manuals to allow the Bureau to operate at an international standard.

The project was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank as part of their commitment to the Caribbean and Latin American Region, to focus on improving governance, innovation, and competitiveness. The focus of this loan is to modernize the legal and institutional framework and promote private sector-led growth, diversification, and innovation in the Government of Suriname.

 

For further information, contact the UWI Lok Jack GSB Advancement Centre at 1 (868) 645-6700.

Professor Wayne Hunte, Academic Director of the UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business presents the ISO 9001:2015 Certification to H.E Stephen Tsang, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism.

 

Personnel of the Bureau of Intellectual Property pose with the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Professor Wayne Hunte.

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