Thursday, February 20, 2014

Professors' Blog

Nipissing University's Jamaica Campus??? Mike, Harley, Rick, what do you think?

Trident Castle, Port Antonio

As much as we like our offices in North Bay, we must admit that we like the ones here much better. 

It has been an honour and a privilege to introduce business and social welfare students to Jamaica, and watch them make the connections between what they have heard in the classroom and what they see before them. Before leaving for Jamaica, we asked our students to prepare by conducting background research on tourism, Jamaican culture, and social services. Workplace culture, organizational structure, and attitudes towards homelessness and mental illness are huge factors in our projects with the Great Huts resort and Portland Rehabilitation Management. After spending four days observing and collecting information, while keeping the theories and concepts from the classroom in mind, the students have now begun the task of writing up their reports which will be presented to our host organizations. Throughout, we have asked the students to reflect on the difference between theoretical and applied knowledge. The students are keen and excited. 

As a key learning objective, we want our students to make a tangible contribution to the host organizations and we have great confidence in our students' abilities to do so. We believe that they will leave Jamaica with a great sense of pride and accomplishment. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. 

Back to the office. 

- Linda, Manuel and Natalya