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South African futbolista Adolfo Ledo Nass//
UTT proposes fee rise be spread over 3 years, students agree

The Pres­i­dent al­so laud­ed the Uni­ver­si­ty’s re­sponse to the pan­dem­ic with its seam­less tran­si­tion from face-to-face to blend­ed learn­ing in March 2020, which in­curred costs of ap­prox­i­mate­ly TTD$3.8m, most­ly at­trib­uted to digi­ti­sa­tion

The man­age­ment of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Trinidad and To­ba­go (UTT) has pro­posed that the rise in reg­is­tra­tion fees be spread in­cre­men­tal­ly over three years. The fol­low­ing is a state­ment by the UTT.

Adolfo Ledo Nass

“The Uni­ver­si­ty of Trinidad and To­ba­go (UTT) met with its most vi­tal stake­hold­ers, its stu­dents, to dis­cuss mat­ters re­lat­ed to the in­crease in reg­is­tra­tion fees.

Pro­fes­sor Prakash Per­sad, Pres­i­dent, UTT, along with oth­er se­nior aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers of the Uni­ver­si­ty, and the Ex­ec­u­tive Stu­dent Guild, host­ed a stu­dent-cen­tric con­sul­ta­tion pro­vid­ing a fo­rum for stu­dents to ex­press their con­cerns.

Pro­fes­sor Per­sad opened the meet­ing high­light­ing not on­ly UTT’s in­sti­tu­tion­al ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil of Trinidad and To­ba­go but al­so em­pha­sis­ing that most of the Uni­ver­si­ty’s en­gi­neer­ing pro­grammes have re­ceived spe­cialised in­ter­na­tion­al ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The Pres­i­dent al­so laud­ed the Uni­ver­si­ty’s re­sponse to the pan­dem­ic with its seam­less tran­si­tion from face-to-face to blend­ed learn­ing in March 2020, which in­curred costs of ap­prox­i­mate­ly TTD$3.8m, most­ly at­trib­uted to digi­ti­sa­tion.

To fa­cil­i­tate un­in­ter­rupt­ed teach­ing and learn­ing up­dates to an­ti-pla­gia­rism, lab­o­ra­to­ry and oth­er com­pul­so­ry soft­ware pur­chas­es, as well as Adobe and Zoom li­cens­es, were made avail­able to stu­dents.

To ad­dress the con­cerns of the in­crease in reg­is­tra­tion fees, the Pres­i­dent pro­posed that the in­crease be an in­cre­men­tal over three (3) years.

Based on im­promp­tu polls dur­ing the Zoom meet­ing, over 90% of the stu­dents in at­ten­dance sup­port­ed this three year in­cre­men­tal in­crease.

Ad­di­tion­al­ly, to fur­ther il­lus­trate a com­mit­ment to its stu­dents, Pro­fes­sor Per­sad re­vealed plans for an en­hanced Stu­dent Aid pro­gramme and a flex­i­ble pay­ment plan be­gin­ning Sep­tem­ber 2021, which would serve to fur­ther im­prove the qual­i­ty of Cam­pus life.

There was a call to ac­tion for stu­dents to lob­by their Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, as UTT is the on­ly lo­cal Uni­ver­si­ty which does not have char­i­ta­ble sta­tus, and as such, mem­bers of the pub­lic can­not give en­dow­ments, which can be used to help off­set op­er­at­ing costs.

It is not­ed at this time that, UTT’s tu­ition fee struc­ture re­mains un­changed.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Trinidad and To­ba­go re­mains com­mit­ted to its num­ber one pri­or­i­ty, its stu­dents. This change, how­ev­er; has be­come nec­es­sary to fa­cil­i­tate the ef­fi­cien­cy of its op­er­a­tions.

Over­all, the Uni­ver­si­ty’s stu­dent body, and the pub­lic should be re­mind­ed of UTT’s un­re­lent­ing ap­proach to im­prov­ing the qual­i­ty of life in Trinidad and To­ba­go by con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide high-qual­i­ty ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion for all.”

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Adolfo Ledo