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Executive Director of NIA to address 110th Rhodes Anniversary



National Integrity Action Limited | 2013-09-10 00:00:00

Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director, National Integrity Action, and Visiting Honorary Professor at the UWI, Mona’s Sir Arthur Lewis Institute has been invited to speak at the 110th Rhodes Anniversary celebrations scheduled to take place at Oxford in the United Kingdom from September 18 through to Friday September 20, 2013. Professor Munroe has accepted the invitation to speak on the occasion, intended as a celebration of the exceptional achievements and global impact of Rhodes scholars since 1903.

Professor Munroe, Jamaica’s 1966 Rhodes scholar, will join over 600 scholars over the three days to discuss major world issues as well as to look at the future of the Rhodes Scholarship in the 21st century.   Dr. Munroe and three other distinguished scholars from Canada, Zimbabwe and India shall address the theme: Fighting the World’s Fight.

“It is indeed an honour to have been invited by the Rhodes Trust to address this distinguished gathering.  I shall use the opportunity to talk about the ongoing efforts of NIA and the Jamaican people to build integrity and to combat corruption as part of the global struggle to make the world a better place, particularly for the most vulnerable,” states Professor Munroe. 

“The invitation from the Rhodes’ Trust is a clear signal that the work NIA has been doing in Jamaica is increasingly recognized worldwide”, continued Professor Munroe.

Professor Munroe has achieved many firsts in his role as a public scholar and an advocate against corruption. He is the only Caribbean Rhodes Scholar to speak at the forthcoming Anniversary. In 2012, Professor Munroe was appointed an individual member of Transparency International, the only such person from the Caribbean, and one among 30 in the world. Currently, Dr. Munroe, a political scientist who served on the UWI academic staff for over 40 years, is an Honourary Visiting Professor at the SALISES at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.  He has authored many books and served as a Senator in Jamaica’s Parliament between 1998 and 2007.

Since its inception in 1903, the Rhodes scholarship has provided life-transforming opportunities to over 7,000 exceptional young people who have gone on to make their mark as leaders in diverse spheres of life around the world. Some well-known scholars worldwide include President Bill Clinton, USA, former Canadian Prime Minister, John Turner, former Australian Prime Minister Robert Hawke and recently elected [September 2013] Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot.

Jamaica has had a Rhodes scholar each year since 1904. Jamaica’s most distinguished Rhodes scholar was National Hero Norman Washington Manley. Other well-known scholars include: Professor Rex Nettleford, Rev. Ronnie Thwaites, Delroy Chuck, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, Dr. David McBean, Dr. David Panton, Dr. Nigel Clarke, Eleanor Brown, Mariame McIntosh, Kim-Marie Spence and Nadiya Figueroa, currently Deputy Director, External Affairs, NIA.  The Jamaican tradition and legacy at Oxford remain very strong.

While in the UK Professor Munroe will take part in a number of speaking engagements and has been invited to address Caribbean Students at Oxford; the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Jamaica chaired by Diane Abbott, MP; and the Caribbean Council convened by David Jessop.


 




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