I am deeply disturbed by the proliferation of allegations of “endemic corruption” in Caymanian society.
This is especially alarming as a majority of these allegations seem to point to politics and the public service. I have long wondered what constructive role the University College could play in professionalising educating and preparing not only future politicians but also future civil servants for careers that demand the most rigorous and meticulous standards in ethics, morality, trust and discretion.
I have come to the conclusion that the University College of the Cayman Islands CAN and indeed SHOULD offer a programme in Corporate Governance in the Public Sector.
And while I am in no way suggesting that this programme will guarantee freedom from malfeasance, I can say that it will serve to educate, edify and inform both current and future post holders, including members of statutory boards and government companies of their responsibilities. This education , coupled with the appointment of such persons on the basis of merit, rather than political loyalty, will in my opinion greatly alleviate the syndrome that, it seems, plagues the society at present. My time spent at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs eminently equips me to make a significant contribution in this area. There are also a number of qualified and experienced faculty at the University College who have indicated to me their willingness to participate in such a programme.
In the interest of the preservation of the future of this society as a jurisdiction of excellence, and recognising that such an offering is to be expected of the University College in this society.
I shall challenge myself and my colleagues to develop such a programme for offering in the Spring of 2014.
JA Roy Bodden