Dr. Andel Bailey shares Northern Caribbean University’s Secret Sauce

The last week of November brought a slew of great headlines from Mandeville Jamaica.

First there was the story of Northern Caribbean University  (NCU) being awarded a grant  by Siemens of $120M (US) for software and infrastructure to enable some 21st. century work . 

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This was a historic moment for any school of higher learning in the Caribbean.  Swiftly on the heels of this announcement was the story of a research project to fully understand the cancer defeating agent found in our popular drink , sorrel.

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We as Jamaicans have been euphoric about the historic performance of our  athletic  teams in China and Berlin. I am just as elated by the campus of brains that NCU represent.    I am  indebted  to Marva McIntosh, president of the NCU alumni organization in metropolitan Washington to afford me the opportunity to get an interview with one of the chief architects at NCU , Dr. Andel Bailey. Dr Bailey  is a key strategist that will ensure  this campus take full advantage of this enormous gift..

Siemens awards NCU  a key IT Grant

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(L-R) Dr. Paul Gyles, Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences NCU, Keitho Nembhard, Siemens representative in Jamaica, Tord Dennis Product Marketing Manager of Siemens, Mrs. Erica Simmons, Global Marketing Manager, Energy and Utility, Dr. Herbert Thompson, NCU President, and Dr. Andel Bailey, Chair, Mathematics and Engineering department NCU

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Dr. Bailey , chair of the Mathematics & Engineering Departments was gracious to spend some time with us to speak about the implication of this grant.

Click to listen to Dr. Bailey’s wisdom

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You would think the Dr. Bailey would display a chest beating attitude.  On the contrary, Dr. Bailey exhibited a sharing spirit, where this entire learning community shares in the blessing.

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He also revealed a key ingredient to the sustained success of his institution.  Technical competence is needed to be considered in a competitive workplace.

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However, there is a critical X factor is the moral development of each student that gives them a solid framework to wholesomely engage the world in which they live.

Ever heard of emotional intelligence?   Trust, honesty, self control, caring for others,managing stress,  being able to work collaboratively are traits that employers seek in their people.

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In a survey of executives in Talent Magazine last month, growing trust was again the #1 executive skill required.Survey Results

The skills that C-suite executives need most in order to lead their organizations out of the recession are:
#1 – Meet with customers and prospects to grow trust and win business (77%)
The skills that current executives most need to develop are:
#1 – Growing trust among employees and customers (76%)

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Looking for an oasis of hope in Jamaica? 

NCU offers a big footprint.  This is indeed a place where our investment in a student will bear multiple dividends!

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