For Release Upon Receipt - May 20, 2010
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has conferred an honorary degree on University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Principal, Professor Clement Sankat at its spring graduation ceremonies.
The Canadian University is among the oldest public universities in North America and the oldest English-language university in Canada. Its Fredericton Campus, where Prof Sankat received his doctor of letters on May 19, was established in 1785.
“I am deeply honoured by the award of this honorary doctoral degree by the University of New Brunswick,” said Prof Sankat after the ceremony on Wednesday. “In receiving this honour, it is also recognition of our St. Augustine Campus and of our UWI and its growing international reputation.”
Prof Sankat was one of seven honorees at the UNB’s three ceremonies held this week.
“Clement Sankat has had a distinguished career as a scholar, an academic administrator and as a public servant,” said Dr Dan Coleman, UNB Fredericton’s Dean of Business Administration and one of Prof Sankat’s nominators.
“UWI St. Augustine is responsible for operating Roytec, UNB’s partner in education and business administration programmes in Trinidad and Tobago. Prof Sankat has for many years, been actively involved in the application and promotion of science and technology in Trinidad and Tobago and in the region. He is very deserving of this honorary degree.”
“Over the years, we have developed a strong partnership with the UNB to deliver programs in Business Administration and Education in Trinidad and Tobago through our Roytec Agreement,” said Prof Sankat. Recently, he said, this was expanded to include the delivery of a Masters in Education degree. “My hope is that through this growing partnership we can extend this to other areas of education and training, for example, Forestry and the Management of our Natural Resources and the Environment.”
“I have always had close ties with the educational and research sectors of Canada through my earned doctoral degree at the University of Guelph and this honorary Doctor of Letters will further strengthen my own relationships with Canada’s higher education institutions and in particular the UNB, for the benefit of The UWI, Roytec and the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” said Prof Sankat.
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