- Protocol Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marva Campbell, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.
- The scholarship is a personal initiative of Spain’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño.
- Significant inputs were made by the Spanish private sector which she approached for support.
Protocol Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marva Campbell, has been awarded a scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, at the prestigious Diplomatic School, in Madrid, Spain, for the 2014/15 academic year.
The scholarship is a personal initiative of Spain’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño, and is intended to provide advanced training in the programme area to officers of the Ministry.
Significant inputs were made by the Spanish private sector which she approached for support. Positive responses came from the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, and Spanish technology firm, Indra Systemas, which provided approximately $562,500 (US$5,000) each.
As a result of this partnership, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation decided to join in the effort, and will pay for Mrs. Campbell’s airfare.
Mrs. Campbell is fluent in Spanish, and has been attached to the Ministry for the past 12 years.
She will join over 100 representatives from different countries, including the host nation, who have been selected to participate in the programme, which runs from October 2014 to June 2015.
The programme, which is imparted in Spanish, will provide diplomats, non-diplomats, and other participants with specialized training in diplomacy and international studies; enable them to engage in in-depth studies pertaining to the ever-changing developments in international relations; and provide them with the requisite qualifications and tools necessary for them to better understand the historical, sociological and economic developments of the areas outlined in the programme’s modules.
Ambassador Nuño made the presentation to Mrs. Campbell during a brief ceremony at the Spanish Embassy, New Kingston, recently.
Ambassador Nuño, who is also the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation’s President, said the scholarship is one of several areas she explored during her tenure, to further strengthen the relationship between both countries.
Additionally, she said it is also indicative of “the importance that Spain attaches to Jamaica and CARICOM.”
The Ambassador also highlighted the pivotal roles played by the three organizations that have made Mrs. Campbell’s participation in the programme possible.
“I have been fortunate to have found excellent partners in the private sector to complement the Embassy’s work. At a time when Spain has had its own financial difficulties, we have found creative ways to continue our cooperation with Jamaica,” she added.
Commending Mrs. Campbell on her selection, Ambassador Nuño expressed confidence that she will “take full advantage of this opportunity.”
She argued that on completion, Mrs. Campbell’s newly acquired skills will enable her to enhance the services provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
“You will have somebody who brings to the Ministry, a perspective and skills which will allow her to better assist in the important task of analyzing global events, something which is at the core of any Foreign Affairs Ministry worldwide,” the Ambassador said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, welcomed the gesture and collaboration.
Noting Spain’s “elevated interest” in Jamaica within recent years, Senator Nicholson said he was pleased about the focus on education and training.
“This is another example of the kind of cooperation that is needed across the globe, across both sides of the Atlantic, to help move forward what we wish for all our people. It is also an example of the interest Spain is taking in the development of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.
“We are more than grateful that you have seen it fit to help in the development of someone who is going to add exponentially to what we have to offer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. We could not have had a better choice to offer to you,” he said.
For her part, Mrs. Campbell said she was “very grateful” for the opportunity presented to her.
“This scholarship will afford me much appreciated exposure to the rich and diverse culture of Spain. Successful completion of this programme will improve my knowledge and expertise in the international arena. You can be assured that during my studies, I will be a worthy ambassador for Jamaica,” she said.
In his remarks, Indra Systemas’ Project Manager, Ignacio Aguas Gallego, said the firm is committed to development through training and education and had welcomed the opportunity to contribute to this worthy initiative.
As Ambassador Nuño’s tenure in Jamaica draws to a close, she is hopeful that the scholarship will continue to be offered each year to eligible candidates at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.