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The Mico’s “Gateway of Excellence” Formally Opened

Exit of the Gate being cut by from left: Dr. Merrit Henry President of the MOSA, Dr. Sylvester Tulloch Chairman of the Mico Foundation and Dr. Asburn Pinnock, President of the MUC.

February 21, 2019 will remain in our history books as the Mico University College formally opened its newly constructed entrance gateway with a ceremony held on the lawns of the Kelvin Lodge. This momentous event was witnessed by government dignitaries, distinguished men and women of the Mico Old Students Association (MOSA) all levels of staff and students.

Dr. Asburn Pinnock, moderator for the event explained that the construction of the gateway is line with the institutions strategic development pillar of developing the university college’s infrastructure. He listed the front lawn and the perimeter fencing as other developments in an effort to revamping the Marescaux road which has been described as the ‘knowledge corridor.’

In his first address as Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge expressing marvel at the gateway compared it to international architecture, “This entrance truly must be lauded for it architectural genius. It has now placed itself among the list of cultural heritage sites in Jamaica. This sort of facade is something that you see in Europe, in the Americas and it is something that attracts not just students who go through the gates of excellence but tourist and visitors alike who I know in no time will come to marvel not just at the Georgian architecture here but at this wonderful structure here that is now the gate of excellence.”

From left- right: Dr. Asburn Pinnock, Dr. Karl James, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, Prof. Neville Ying and Hugh Morris all pose in front the magnificent structure which is the Mico University College gate.

The two hour event saw greetings being brought by Member of Parliament, Julian Robinson, Chairman of the Mico Foundation and sponsor from Kemtek Construction and Development Dr. Sylvester Tulloch, Hillary Coulton, gate project sponsor, representative from CHASE Fund, and Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew Hon. Delroy Williams. The Mico University choir was also involved providing supporting music and instrumental for the event.

The two way entrance gate, designed by architect Rivi Gardner, was a project of the Mico Foundation and the initiative of the Mico Old Students Association (MOSA). It was conceptualized in 2007, seriously examined in 2012 and completed in 2018.