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International Guest Lecturers for Self-Awareness and Leadership course for Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business

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Students of the Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business Cohort 2 got the opportunity to gain insights and engage with guests lecturers; Dr. Jo-Ann Flett, Organizational Consultant at Partners Worldwide,  Wayne, Pennsylvania, Fulbright Visiting Faculty and      Ms. Maria C Horning, Program Director, Geneva Global, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They covered content on Self-awareness and Leadership.

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Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business Service-Learning Project at Edinburgh Special Needs Centre

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As part of the curriculum for the Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business programme, students have to partake in socially responsible activities. Cohort one had the opportunity to interact with members of the Edinburgh Special Needs Centre. 

They got a chance to engage with the students through games and certain subject areas. One of the students who volunteered stated: “Whether someone is disabled or not, each child has a purpose in life and also a talent in this school such as Terence, who is a great singer or my brother who enjoys football and cricket. Each person develops a certain skill and ability that gives them a purpose to lead a happy life.”

Another student’s feedback was, “this created leadership development for the community. I would always remember teaching this young boy, Terrance, an amazing singer and great at Maths. I taught him how to read, understand and then attempt fractions and number questions.”

Stay tuned for more insights on the Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business. 

BISB Student visit to Cocoa Estate

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Students of the Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business programme (BISB), Jeroam DesVignes, Maryanna Samuel and Navindra Jaggernauth volunteered at the Ortinola Great House on November 24th, 2019.

These students are also ambassadors of the BISB programme, they assisted students from Semester at Sea as they experienced the chocolate making tour. Special thanks to Nikita from Ortinola Estates Ltd and lecturer Tobias Frenking.

Do you want to be a part of this experience? Learn more about the Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business 

FAQs for COVID-19

COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions

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The responses to the following frequently asked questions contain useful information issued by the World Health Organization and is intended to inform about COVID-19. The UWI, CARPHA, WHO, and Ministries of Health across the region are all reliable sources of information regarding COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How is COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 metre (3 feet) away from a person who shows flu-like symptoms.

Should I wear a mask?

People with no respiratory symptoms, such as the cough, do not need to wear a medical mask. WHO recommends the use of masks for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and for those caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as cough and fever. The use of masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone (at home or in a health care facility).

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue (which should be discarded immediately), and maintain a distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.

Some World Health Organization (WHO) tips for minimising risk (this will be accompanied by pictures):

  • Clean hands reduces risk. Wash/Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs (minimum 60% of alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Clean/sanitise your work areas with disinfectants regularly (desks etc.).
  • Keep yourself informed from reliable sources and avoid the spread of false information. (Reliable sources include The UWI, CARPHA, WHO, Ministries of Health).
  • Avoid travelling if you have a fever and cough; seek medical attention if required.
  • Manage your coughs and sneezes. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. Dispose of tissues immediately and wash/clean your hands.
  • The elderly or persons with cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory conditions should avoid crowded places.
  • If you have fever and are coughing or sneezing, seek medical attention and stay at home.
  • If you are sick and are at home, sleep separately from other family members, use different cutlery and utensils.
  • If you develop shortness of breath, seek medical attention immediately.

For a safe and healthy environment,

LOK JACK GSB Leadership Team.

Sources: World Health Organisation (WHO)  and Caribbean Public Health Agency

Lok Jack GSB Action Plan

NOVEL Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information for The UWI-Lok Jack GSB Community

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The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus requires that all organisations put mitigation measures in place. With one confirmed case of the Corona virus in Trinidad and Tobago to date, the health and safety of our community is a priority for the Lok Jack GSB.

It is important that we provide you with the necessary information about the steps we are taking to ensure our compliance with the high standards of sanitation required at our facilities. We also wish to share the School’s plans to ensure continuity of classes and programmes in the event of individuals, groups or country-wide quarantine.

The Lok Jack GSB’s leadership is working closely with the University of the West Indies (UWI), government and public health agencies and continues to follow guidelines from the relevant authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Ministry of Health.

We are committed to adopting all measures necessary to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We will also ensure you are kept informed of significant new developments and will share information pertinent to our community, as it arises.

As you may be aware, on February 28, 2020, WHO epidemiologists increased the assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at a global level. CARPHA subsequently upgraded the threat assessment from the Caribbean region from low to moderate to high.  

The Lok Jack GSB Plan

The Plan outlined below addresses the actions taken by the School and contingencies that will be put in place.

  1. The Lok Jack GSB has established a Working Group and is liaising with the Special COVID-19 Task Forceput in place by the University of the West Indies (UWI). The UWI’s Task Force is chaired by Professor Clive Landis, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies and former Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, who has considerable experience in the field of Caribbean public health.
  2. Upgraded cleaning and sanitising protocols to those applied in hospitals and airports with respect to use of cleaners and frequency of sanitization.

  • Frequently used surfaces areas will be cleaned and sanitised 3 times a day.
  • Disinfectant such as ethyl or isopropyl alcohol [70-90%], household bleach diluted, or hydrogen peroxide will be used for sanitisation.
  • Chemicals used are Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] – registered.
  1. Hand Sanitisers placed at strategic locations throughout the Campus
  • Reception
  • Student Administration Unit (Lobby Area and Cashier)
  • Outside Student Washrooms (ground floor)
  • Outside Student Washrooms (first floor)
  • Restaurant
  • Library
  1. Providing online access to students presenting flu-like symptoms

Protective Measures Against COVID-19

According to the World Health Organization, the following are basic protective measure against the new coronavirus:

  1. Wash your hands frequently
    • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  2. Maintain social distancing
    • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
    • Why? Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  4. Practice respiratory hygiene
    • This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
    • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. 
  6. Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider

Please note that we will provide you with relevant information as it becomes available, while we continue to be guided by the directives from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

For any specific questions, please free to send them to info@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

Lok Jack GSB to host the Founding Father of Industry 4.0 at DLIC 2020

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The UWI – ALJGSB will feature the originator of Industry 4.0, Henrik Von Scheel at the annual Distinguished Leadership and Innovation Conference (DLIC) on May 8th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain. Hailed by Financial Times as one of the leading authorities on strategy and competitiveness, he is notorious for his personal involvement to define the core differentiating, competitive aspects and to identify how to innovate and where to transform. As one of the most influential business thinkers, his work has been applied to national economies, influenced GDP growth, reset policies in governments, set standards currently applies by 26 NATO members, ignited hyper growth in companies and fuelled the profit of fortune 500 companies. Von Scheel will discuss putting Industry 4.0 into practice to shape the future and growth of organisations and of the nation. 

The emergence of Industry 4.0 continues to gain momentum with the development of technologies fondly known as artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT). Organisations will be challenged to reinvent their businesses, with customer centricity and experience at the core of every solution.  Leaders will be required to champion innovation in an eco-system reconfigured for employees to explore lateral functions and multi-disciplinary roles. Data analysis will become the backbone of future business and traditional businesses are being forced to dismantle silos and adopt more collaborative frameworks, encouraging agility and preparedness for global markets. Combining smart technologies with industrial platforms and practices, will achieve faster, more flexible and efficient processes to increase quality and reduce costs. Are you ready to harness the potential of Industry 4.0 within your organisation?

For further information, or to register at the early bird rate, please click here: https://bit.ly/36mjHs7 or contact the Conferencing team via 645-6700 ext 299 or  email conferencing@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

Leadership, Workplace Culture and Values

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT STARTS WITH LEADERSHIP

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Chess Piece - Leadership

Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express said, “My role is to define reality and to give hope.”

Leaders question assumptions, look at problems in new ways and create and articulate a vision for the future. In the context of strategic management, leadership includes the following traits:

  1. Leaders set a clear and consistent vision or “picture of the future” of the organisation
  2. Leaders are pro-active in preparing the organisation for the future
  3. Leaders are visible and engaged to ensure that staff understand the common vision and can translate it into terms relevant to their roles
  4. Leaders “walk the talk” in exemplifying the values, ethics and policies of the organisation
  5. Leaders don’t micromanage but trust and encourage employees to contribute their ideas and grow in their careers
  6. Leaders “walk around” and work alongside staff to encourage teamwork.

Many employees are now considered “knowledge workers” – they are hired for their thinking skills.  In this environment employees want to know why they are being asked to do their assignments. Hence strategic management leads to increased employee empowerment and less “command and control” management.

Leadership, Workplace Culture and Values

Enhance your #leadership and #strategicplanning skills by registering for the Balanced Scorecard Associate Certificate Programme carded for March 25th, 26th & 27th, 2020 at the Lok Jack GSB, Campus.

To learn more about becoming an internationally certified Balanced Scorecard Associate click HERE

For further information:
📞 (868) 310-3031 (Trinidad) or +592-673-5980 (Guyana)
📧 odac@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

Lecturer of Master of Information Systems and Technology Management recognized as one of BT150 for Re-inventing the modern organization through digital transformation

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Congratulations to Mr. Arthur Phidd, lecturer of Master of Information Systems and Technology Management programme at UWI-ALJGSB for being one of 150 global executives for being recognised for reinventing the modern organisation through digital transformation in 2020. Each executive selected for this initiative demonstrated excellence in responding to disruptive forces while enabling teams to succeed through the creation of new exponential business models, a key challenge moving into 2020.  Mr. Phidd is also the SVP Chief Information Officer at BNB Bank, located in Hauppauge New York.

Additionally, the leaders who were selected for this would have built effective teams who can disrupt, fund innovation and build new models that are transitioning the modern workplace. Their stories are a reflection of the industry showcasing the era of the growing digital maturity.

For more information on the Master of Information Systems and Technology Management programme, speak to an academic advisor at 868-645-6700 ext. 200.

 

Over 25 Employer Organisation Representatives Met to Discuss Youth Employability and Skill Development at International Workshop in Aruba

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Co-funded by the European Union, the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the Aruba Trade and Industry Association (ATIA) hosted approximately 25 representatives of employer organisations across the Caribbean region in Aruba on November 14 – 15, 2019. The International Workshop entitled “Promoting Youth Employability & Skills Development in the Caribbean: The Role of Employers’ Organisations”, sought to ensure that IOE members in the Caribbean strengthen their corporation on youth employability and skills development.

Dr. Kamla Mungal, Director, Accreditation and Quality Enhancement Centre / Leadership Institute at the UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business represented the Business School at the Workshop. Dr. Mungal delivered a feature presentation at the International Workshop on “The Future of Work and its Impact on Employment and Skills in the Caribbean Region.”

The IOE is the largest network of the private sector in the world, with more than 150 business and employer organisation members. It is the sole representative of business in the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and across the UN, G20 and other emerging forums. The IOE is recognised for its unique expertise, advocacy and influence as a powerful and balanced voice for business at the international level.

Lok Jack GSB awards NSSEC top three and divisional winners scholarship

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The UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business continues to strive towards their objective of being a school that contributes to innovation and youth entrepreneurship development by being the proud educational partner of the National Secondary School Entrepreneurship Competition (NSSEC), a seven week entrepreneurship simulation which took place at their North campus. There were over 600 students that worked hard to complete the simulation and learned skills that will last a lifetime.
NSSEC was a business simulation competition where youths acquired business training and development. They gained hands-on experience that helped them to put into practice classroom theory while using premier business simulation training. The competition was administered using a business simulation software called: Innovative Learning Solutions’ Marketplace Live (ILS) which is synced with the authentic learning model of the Lok Jack GSB.
Being a proud educational partner of the NSSEC for its third year, Lok Jack GSB presented the top three winners with 75%, 30% and 20% scholarships and 10% scholarships for the divisional winners for the Bachelors of International and Sustainable Business for the year in which they’ll be eligible to begin.
 
We’ll like to extend our  congratulations to the winners of the scholarships on their victory at the National Secondary School 
Entrepreneurship Competition. Bishop Anstey POS group 2 (1st place) Cowen Hamilton group 2 (2nd place) and Bishop Anstey group 1 (third place).
As the Lok Jack GSB continues to diversify and expand as a school we’ll continue to partner with institutions that promote such developments with our youths.
 

For more information email: a.montas@lokjackgsb.edu.tt or call 645-6700 ext. 341

About Us:

The Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business was established in 1989 as a joint venture between The University of the West Indies and the private sector of Trinidad and Tobago to provide postgraduate education in business and management. Today, Lok Jack GSB is recognised as the premier institution for the provision of business and management education, training and consultancy services in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region. The motto Innovatus Ars Ducendi, means Innovating the Art of Leadership.

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