Professor Gordon Shirley; Dr. Densil Williams; Minister of Education, the Honourable Reverend Ronald Thwaites; distinguished faculty members, alumni and students; esteemed leaders of the business community, public and private sectors; other specially invited guests, ladies and gentlemen…
I am really honoured to have been invited to join you today to formally launch the new Mona School of Business and Management. This is definitely a merger that promises positive and lasting results.
I find it very appropriate that this new entity is housed in a structure named for someone as distinguished as Sir Alister McIntyre. Not only is he a gentleman and a scholar, but even more, he has translated his academic achievements into solutions for sustainability, as an acclaimed developmental economist.
One can only hope that this structure and the name on it, inspires the students here to aspire to the levels of greatness he has achieved.
I must admit that I am feeling a bit nostalgic, because the University of the West Indies is my old stomping ground. Not so long ago, I was a student here, having received both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Accounting from this noble institution, as well as one very important Degree in a subject called ‘Life’.