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Rotary club honours UWI Vice Chancellor

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM
President Robert Gibbs (right) presents, Nigel Harris with Paul Harris Fellow recognition, as Minna Israel Chair of the Board and Distinguished Business Fellow of the UWI Mona School of Business and Management, as special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Resource Development looks on.
Tony Hogarth (left) listens attentively as Webster Edwards engages him in a conversation.
Eugene Ffolkes and Judy Grace Hyton flash their pearly whites for our lens.
Professor Alvin Wint (left) greets Nigel Harris (right) vice-chancellor University of the West Indies, Sezvin Hamilton (background).
Minna Israel, Nigel Harris, Alvaro Casserly, Sezin Hamilton and Roberts Gibbs gets close for a photo op.

Nigel Harris, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International at a special luncheon held at the Hotel Four Seasons by the Rotary Club of St Andrew, on March 17.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the foundation's only programme, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for advanced study, the precursor to ambassadorial scholarships.

The menu included pumpkin rice, pasta garnished with white cheese, baked macaroni and cheese, mashed potato and honey-glazed chicken and fish among the dishes that were served for lunch.

During Harris' address, he pointed out some of the many challenges facing tertiary education, "including still-inadequate numbers of graduates to fulfil development needs and, as a result, there is a requirement to refashion our whole education system".

He also made mention of the need to better match graduate qualifications with workforce needs. "In doing this, particular attention is to be paid to technical and vocational education; the need to ensure quality standards through adequacy of suitable staff able to teach well and committed to need knowledge acquisition where appropriate," he concluded.

"I want to thank you sincerely for bestowing on me this special honour. I shall treasure this moment in time," Harris closed.