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Published: Wednesday | December 11, 2013 Comments 0
Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa.

Mandela panel discussion for UWI

The Department of History and Archaeology and the Department of Government, the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, will host a joint panel discussion on the life, work and legacy of Nelson Mandela, leader of the anti-apartheid movement, liberator, and former president of the Republic of South Africa.

The panellists include Dr Enrique Okenve, lecturer in African History, Department of History and Archaeology; Dr Raymond Brown, diplomat in residence, Department of Government; and Professor Rupert Lewis, retired lecturer, Department of Government.

Following his release from prison in 1990, Mandela embarked on a world tour, which included Jamaica, during which he visited the University of the West Indies, Mona, on July 24, 1991. On that occasion, the university conferred upon him an honorary degree - the Doctor of Laws (LLD).

The event titled 'A Tribute to Madiba Nelson Mandela, His work and Legacy', will be held on December 18 commencing at 5 p.m., and will take place in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Education, the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

Citizens'association donates to Princess Margaret Hospital

The Returned Citizens' Association of Eastern St Thomas has donated equipment valued at over $75,000 to the integrated ward at the Princess Margaret Hospital. The items, which included comfort chairs and safety bars for the bathroom, were handed over to hospital staff in a short ceremony last week.

President of the association, Patricia Gordon-Smith, said the returned citizens had always taken a special interest in the hospital, having made several donations in the past.

"We adopted the male ward before, and we made screens, got chairs for the visitors and other equipment for the patients, and we even did some painting a few years ago."

Dr Cecil Batchelor, senior medical officer, and Colleen Wright, chief executive officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital, expressed gratitude to the association and commended the citizens for their generosity in a time when the spirit of volunteerism is rare.

University heads to meet for forum on higher education

Higher education leaders from around the world will converge at the Hilton Rose Hall and Spa in Montego Bay Jamaica on January 30 to February 2 for the first 2014 semi-annual meeting of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).

This meeting hosted by The University of Technology, Jamaica is a high-level three-day forum which will provide a platform for higher education leaders and institutions from around the world who are members of this prestigious global network, to identify and discuss the major issues and challenges facing higher education today within a global and cross-cultural context.


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