Wednesday, June 09, 2010

First UWI Alumna in the Office of PM

Professor E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies has extended congratulations to Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar who was inaugurated last Wednesday as the first female Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, following the national elections of Monday 24th May, 2010.

In official correspondence to the Office of the Prime Minister, Vice Chancellor Harris expressed his heartiest congratulations to the new Prime Minister and the People´s Partnership on their victory at the polls. "We at The University of the West Indies are doubly proud that another alumnus of this august institution has attained the high office of Prime Minister," he stated. The Vice Chancellor was also proud to acknowledge Mrs. Persad-Bissessar as the first alumna of the University to attain the high office of Prime Minister; an achievement which he believes sends a powerful message to female students at the institution.

Professor Harris confirmed UWI´s commitment to working with the new Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to continue to develop the human resource potential, knowledge and outreach necessary to promote the sustained growth of the twin-island State and by extension the rest of the region.

Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar is the fourteenth UWI alumnus designated a Caribbean Head of Government and joins the ranks of incumbent regional Prime Ministers: David Thompson - Barbados, Dean Oliver Barrow - Belize, Dr. Tillman Thomas - Grenada, Bruce Golding - Jamaica, Dr. Denzil Douglas - St. Kitts and Nevis and Ralph Gonsalves - St. Vincent. Like her predecessors, PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar will be inducted into the CARICOM Park at The University of the West Indies, Mona in recognition of her achievement.