UCCI conference 
opens this week

The University College of the Cayman Islands opens its Conference on Leadership, Governance and Empowerment in the Caribbean at 5pm Thursday, 17 March, when the National Building Society hosts the opening reception.

Sir Shridath Ramphal, barrister and former secretary general of the Commonwealth, will deliver the keynote address at 7.20pm, following opening remarks by officials and performances by several groups 
from 6pm.

The conference venue is UCCI’s Sir Vassel Johnson Hall.

Sir Shridath, who was the second person to be appointed to the Commonwealth post, has served as chancellor of three universities, and he is the former foreign minister of Guyana.

The working sessions of the conference open at 9am Friday, with a plenary presentation by president-elect of the Caribbean Development Bank, William Warren Smith.

The mid-Friday plenary will begin at noon, during which Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale will speak.

As part of preparations for this year’s conference, bound copies of papers presented at the 2010 conference will be available at the conference opening. Accompanying the report will be DVDs of the keynote and plenary addresses and an array of panel presentations.

In a preface to the compendium, UCCI President Roy Bodden said that such a compilation is “an important part of any academic conference,” noting that the 2010 conference brought together a wide range of academics, artists, authors and other interested parties.

“It was an intellectually uplifting experience with every presentation having not only relevance to the conference theme, but also offering stimulating, divergent and provocative insights,” Mr. Bodden said.

In his foreword, Conference Director Livingston Smith said the publication of the papers is part of the fulfilment of the vision of Mr. Bodden, who, he said, aims to create a sustained intellectual environment that stretches minds and imaginations and provides unceasing stimulus to honest inquiry as the university engages in the relentless quest for clarity and understanding.

The report and accompanying DVDs – produced by the Government Information Services – will be available during Thursday and Friday’s conference registration sessions. For information, visit www.ucciconference.ky