How can software engineering improve Jamaican society? Seven Jamaican students from The University of the West Indies – China Institute of Information Technology (UWI-CIIT)—and Mona lecturer Dr Ezra Mugisa— had the chance to discuss this with the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness during a private reception at the Mandarin Oriental, Shanghai (China) on November 3, 2019.
This was the Prime Minister’s first, official visit to the People’s Republic of China.
Prime Minister Holness encouraged the students to be on the lookout for opportunities to transfer products and services from Jamaica to China, and vice versa. He also encouraged them to recognise their role in parallel diplomacy, as the friends and connections they make in China can bode well in the future for trade, investment, and innovation in Jamaica.
Students were keen to share their BSc Software Engineering experience in China with Prime Minister Holness. Discussing how software engineering could help to improve Jamaican society in practical ways, the students had an eager audience. The reception, organised by the Caribbean Association of China, also included Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson, and Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries—the Honourable Audley Shaw, as well as President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)—Diane Edwards, members of the Jamaican Diaspora, and Chinese stakeholders.