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March 6, 2014
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Students tour North South Highway

Eighteen students completing a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies at the Montego Bay Community College (University College of Western Jamaica) recently attended a presentation and tour of the North South Highway Project facilitated by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).

Jinfu Zhu, CHEC's deputy manager of the North South Highway, gave an informative overview on the technical work being carried out on the North South Highway. Students also benefited from a video that gave a vivid description of CHEC's work internationally.

Students then had the opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion with CHEC's project managers and engineers about the design and layout, health, safety and environmental management techniques and the overall progress of the North South Highway. The students were then taken on a two-hour tour of the Linstead to Moneague leg of the highway.

Errol Motley, environmental manager at the National Road Operating and Construction Company (NROCC) and part-time lecturer at the Montego Bay Community College, chose the North South Highway as a practical assignment for his students to observe, being a project of national importance.

"The students had a better understanding and appreciation for the North South High Highway project and the work of the China Harbour team," said Motley. "Students were also able to view the integration of Chinese and Jamaicans and how they are able to work together using various ways of communicating. This shows that a field worker can be a field worker anywhere in the world, and that language does not have to be a barrier."

CHEC was contracted by the government in 2011 to construct the North-South Highway which will link Kingston to the north coast town of Ocho Rios.

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