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.

UWI-Arthur Lok Jack GSB won two Global Awards from the International Trade Centre

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We are delighted to share that the UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business was awarded two global awards from the  International Trade Centre  related to the International Diploma in Supply Chain Management programme. The awards were as follows:  

  • 2nd Place for trainer of the year in Supply Chain Management Award  Mr. Nyron Mohammed 
  • 3rd place as training support institution for the MLS-Supply Chain Management programme awards 

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the only development agency that is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).This means that the agency enables SMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment, thus raising income and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people, and poor communities. 

UWI-ALJGSB and ITC signed an MOU in 2015 to deliver training in Supply Chain Management in Trinidad & Tobago. UWI-ALJGSB have had eight intakes between 2015 and 2018 in the Supply Chain Management field.  

The SCM programme has three levels wherein each level has six courses that are designed to teach students how to manage the sourcing, movement and storage of goods from source of production to point of consumption. For enterprises, this means practical solutions to overcome challenges of export market demands; for buyers, this means optimized sourcing options. Over the past ten years, the ITC Supply Chain Management (SCM) Programme has helped train over 25,000 students worldwide in 80+ training institutions across 50 countries. 

 

For more information about this programme, please contact Mr. Shadeed Ali-Programme Specialist, Executive Education Unit at (868) 645-6700 ext. 131 or email: s.ali@lokjackgsb.edu.tt  

UWI-Lok Jack GSB Students to join Stanford D. School students in providing solutions to Silicon Valley social issues 

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On April 13 and 20, 2019 UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, University of the West Indies and Stanford D. School students will collaborate via a virtual session in a design thinking anthropology workshop to provide solutions to a social problem from Silicon Valley. Eight students will be selected from each institution. 

As part of the ALJGSB authentic teaching and learning approach, at this class experience students will explore the value of insider (emic) perspective, outsider (etic) perspective, and how inside and outside perspectives might be better harmonized to yield more impactful creative insights and better collaborate given their different blind spots and viewpoints.  

At this session, students from Stanford D. School (USA) will be the ‘insider’ and students from the UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago will be the ‘outsiders’. Together, they will work to understand and provide potential solutions to a social problem in Silicon Valley.   

To join the sessions, students need to apply and be selected based on a determined criterion by the teaching team. Application deadline is April 1 and selected students will be confirmed and notified by April 5. 

Sessions will be held from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. each day 

Over the two-day period the selected students will: 

  • Explore how we might understand problems through multiple cultural lenses, as both an insider and outsider 
  • Develop innovative and creative solutions to 1st world challenges 
  • Examine and challenge clichés and stereotypes to understand culture 
  • Reframe research insights into a point of view and preliminary concepts 
  • Develop skills in international networking and building relationships in cross-cultural teams 
  • Explore how you might navigate and nudge cultural power dynamics in design interventions 

 

The teaching team comprises: 

Glenn Fajardo (Stanford )  

Lesley-Ann Noel, PhD (Stanford) 

Michael Lee Poy (UWI) 

 

For further information please contact: 

Dr. Richard Ramsawak  r.ramsawak@lokjackgsb.edu.tt 

Michael Gray                  m.gray@lokjackgsb.edu.tt  

 

The Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business has been re-accredited for the maximum period by both ACTT and AMBA

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The UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB) has held programme accreditation for its MBA portfolio from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 2003 and institutional accreditation with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) since March 15, 2012.  Accreditation was granted for the maximum period in both cases. The local and global accreditation of the School attests to it high quality standards and relevance of its authentic teaching and learning philosophy and curriculum framework.

On February 12th, 2019 the UWI-ALJGSB’s MBA portfolio was again re-accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for the maximum period of 5 years.  The ALJGSB has the widest range of globally accredited MBA programmes in the Caribbean, having attained accreditation for its four MBA programmes.

AMBA Accreditation is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and Master’s degrees with AMBA currently accrediting programmes from the top 2% of business schools in over 70 countries. According to the Association of MBAs “AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programmes.”

Students with an AMBA accredited programme have access to a global network of peers, mentors and job opportunities. They could also be selected as the MBA student of the year. In 2017, Shelly Balkissoon from the MBA in International Trade Logistics and Procurement was a runner-up for the MBA student of the year, the only student from the Caribbean in the history of the awards.

The Accreditation council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) is a regionally and internationally recognized statutory body responsible for the quality assurance of post-secondary and tertiary level institutions, programmes and awards. ACTT accreditation demonstrates the ability of UWI-ALJGSB to meet and/or exceed internationally accepted standards and validates the ability of the Lok Jack GSB to design and deliver high quality academic and non-academic programmes.

ACTT accreditation provides eligible students from Trinidad and Tobago access to Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) for the Lok Jack GSB programmes.

To achieve AMBA and ACTT accreditation, the Lok Jack GSB was assessed on different criteria and standards that included the School’s integrity, sustainability and distinctiveness, faculty quality and sufficiency, programme design and leadership. Additionally, the accreditation process examined institutional characteristics such as governance, administrative strength, academic policies and procedures, physical facilities and financial stability.

UWI-ALJGSB is committed to quality assurance and continuous improvement. In keeping with our purpose and mission to reshape business and provide a world-class environment to our students, UWI-ALJGSB seeks to continuously enhance the quality and learning outcomes of its programmes by exposing itself to the scrutiny of the highest reputable accreditation bodies worldwide.

 

For more information on the accreditation of UWI-ALJGSB please contact Dr. Kamla Mungal, Director, Accreditation and Quality Enhancement Centre/Leadership Institute at 662-9894-5 ext. 142.

                                           

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.

 

Lok Jack GSB launches their Professional Certificate in Sustainable Community Development

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On Saturday 19th January 2019, the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business launched their Professional Certificate in Sustainable Community Development whilst beginning the first class of students. This Professional Certificate in Sustainable Community Development was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and has received their full endorsement as a programme for people who currently work in community development as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field.

In attendance was The Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts , Dr., The Honourable Nyan Gadsby Dollys. At this workshop participants will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as community development practitioners and workers with new thinking, strategy and applied solutions for community development. The programme covers various aspects of Community Development such as: personal transformation, innovation and creativity, introduction to sustainable community development, strategic thinking and planning, leadership skills and managing diversity, steps in community engagement, ICT in Sustainable Community Development, Decision making and problem solving, business writing, project management and project monitoring and evaluation amongst others.

There are different facilitators coordinating various courses, these include: Dr. Ron Sookram, Mr. Garvin Sampson, Mr. Cecil Gittens, Mr. Curt Wellington and Mr. Gary Tagallie to name a few. For more information contact Gabrielle Ghany at 645-6700 ext. 115 or email: g.ghany@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

 

 

 

Career Month SUCCESS!

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Lok Jack GSB Career Month took place in June 2018 to prepare students and alumni for the job hunting process, through a number of events and workshops, culminating with the Career Fair on June 30th.

On Tuesday 4th June 2018 the Employer Insight Evening was held in the Sydney Knox Room featuring leaders in the Human Resource and Talent Management fields from 3 Top tier organizations in Trinidad and Tobago

Ms. Chantal Greaves Cowan – Manager; Talent & Cultural Management – Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.

Ms. Stacy Homer – Director; Human Capital – UNICOMER Trinidad and Tobago

Ms. Mala Gangadeen Ali – Talent Acquisition Manager – RBC Financial (Caribbean) Ltd

Mr. Jason Cummings – Area Vice President, Business Banking North (TT) RBC Royal Bank Trinidad & Tobago Limited

This evening allowed our students and alumni to engage directly with individuals who are the gatekeepers of the human resource of these large companies and find out directly from them what they look for when recruiting for their respective companies.

The evening offered with a mix of featured presentations along with lively interactive conversations and frank questions, which cut straight through to issues and addressed misconceptions with regard to recruitment policies and practices. There was active engagement not only from the persons physically present in the room but also from our online audience, as the event was live-streamed on the Lok Jack GSB Alumni Facebook Page. (https://www.facebook.com/LokJackAlumni/videos/2069112336456553/)

A 3-hour workshop entitled, Making your Resume Standout in the pile, was held on Saturday 9th June 2018. It was attended by 20 persons, including students, alumni and members of the public. This was a rich an informative workshop, which left all participants wanting more and with homework to update their resumes for review by their facilitators.

The workshop was facilitated by Lok Jack GSB’s very own Ms. Fayola Nicholas – Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations and Ms. Clare-Marie Cockburn – Talent Acquisition and Engagement Specialist, who took the participants on a journey of understanding themselves in order to present their best self on their resume, and using the most appropriate format to best present themselves to potential employers.

The final event for this month was the annual Career and Recruitment Fair. Participating in this year’s event was RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited, Unicomer (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited, Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited & The Ansa Mcal Group of Companies which represented 8 companies.

At Career Fair 2018 there were over 90 individual applicants, applying for 28 positions. There were over 110 interviews conducted on Saturday 30th June and now we wait to see how many of these vacancies will be filled with Lok Jack GSB Alumni & Students.

The Lok Jack GSB recognizes the changing economic landscape and in our pursuit to continually add value to all our stakeholders, the focus on career preparedness and development for our Alumni and Students is of primary importance to us, and we will continue to ensure that our students and alumni have access to the best resources and opportunities available to advance their careers.

The Lok Jack GSB Advancement and Alumni Relations Team would like to thank all the companies, HR professionals, volunteers and participants who contributed to all the Career Month events, without the participation of all the stakeholders, this month would not have been successful.

Please visit the Alumni Relations webpage on the Lok Jack GSB website for information on other programmes and resources https://lokjackgsb.edu.tt/alumni/, and sign up for our HigherEd talent to have access to international internships and job opportunities https://lokjackgsb.higheredtalent.org.

 

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