USM hosting Needs Assessment Summit on July 28

POSTED: 07/25/11 11:43 AM

St. Maarten –The University of St. Martin (USM) has invited key stakeholders from the business sector (including) to a Needs Assessment Summit at USM campus on July 28, 2011. Government, as an employer, and the Department of Labor has also been invited.
The summit is part of the higher education institution’s effort to be able to best serve St. Maarten in its new constitutional status and is being organized in close cooperation with the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The summit is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00.p.m.
“During this Needs Assessment Summit key information will be obtained from USM’s valued stakeholders on what is expected of USM and most importantly how the University can foster a sustainable and synergistic partnership with the community. The information gathered will be used for a new strategic business plan,” USM President Annelies van den Assem said.
Summit participants will have the opportunity to relate their institution’s concern and/or wishes on tertiary education on St. Maarten. Each participant has been asked to prepare a three to five minute presentation where they motivate their ideas, suggestions and plans on how USM’s educational programs and course offerings could meet the participants’ specific needs. The results will then be compiled and added to the stakeholders’ section in USM’s business plan.
Stakeholders from the business sector are asked to RSVP their attendance. Other key USM stakeholders include the Ministry of Education, Government of St. Maarten, primary and secondary educational establishments, and actual and potential students of USM. USM is already addressing some of these stakeholders and will continue to do so. “The aim is to get feedback and input from all stakeholders for the strategic business plan. I am looking forward to meeting with the various stakeholders and I want to thank them in advance for their participation and contributions.
The first draft of USM’s new strategic business plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2011.

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