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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has emphasized that true education was a life-long process, and much more than just acquiring knowledge and competences.”It must involve character building .it must prepare us in mind, heart and soul to create change and transform our circumstances and lead us to help make our world a better place,” she said.
The Prime Minister was speaking on (November 30), at the graduation ceremony of the International University of the Caribbean (IUC), at Knox Community College in Spaldings, Clarendon.
A total of 274 students graduated from the faculties of Theology, Arts and Social Sciences with Diplomas and Degrees in various disciplines, including Guidance and Counselling, General Studies and Psychology, among others. Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Jamaica, the Caribbean and the wider world would be richer by the knowledge and skills that the students have garnered in the various disciplines.
The Prime Minister said that the occasion re-assured her that, “Jamaica is in good hands and the future is very bright for our beautiful country”.
“Today my heart is joyful as I join you in celebrating this special occasion. At this tender age you are already walking at a respectable pace, and I suspect getting ready to run,” she told the graduates.
The Prime Minister congratulated the graduates on their achievement and urged them to use their education to create change and help to make the world a better place. “I would also like to recognize and applaud those who supported you and walked the journey with you. I speak of family members, friends . employers, lecturers who gave of themselves as they shared their knowledge and skills, and some of you, even your children who gave you that important added support,” Mrs. Simpson Miller added.
Meanwhile, Chancellor of the university, former Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, said the leadership of the university “will understand the need to engage the energy of students in ways that encourage them to serve others”.
“This kind of service is always to think of others and the contribution you can make,” he said.
“I believe it is time to call on students everywhere in Jamaica to plant trees that produce fruits and roots that nurture the health and well-being of a people,” the Chancellor said.
Sir Howard also had words of praise for the Government’s commitment to education. “I am pleased that there is no divide between the political parties as far as wanting the best of education to come to our country,” he said.
The International University of the Caribbean was founded by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and was launched on November 24, 2005. It is an amalgamation of three educational entities – the Institute for Theological and Leadership Development, Knox Community College and Mel Nathan College.
The university currently operates from 17 centres across Jamaica and in the Cayman Islands.