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PM to be awarded Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree

Saturday, May 24, 2014    

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PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller was scheduled to leave the island yesterday for Pennsylvania, United States, where she will deliver the keynote address at the Lafayette College's 179th Commencement Ceremony.

A Jamaica House statement said Simpson Miller will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the institution.

Expressing delight at the decision of the Jamaican prime minister to address the graduates and parents, President of Lafayette College Alison Byerly said her visit was expected to provide an opportunity for discussion on ways in which Jamaica's quest to develop its economy and enhance its global connectedness might lead to new opportunities for Lafayette students and faculty.

The college president said consideration was also being given to strengthening Lafayette's academic community with outstanding and highly qualified Jamaican students who are interested in future leadership roles and in helping their country's efforts to transform its economy and civil society.

Lafayette College, at the same time, has decided to establish a scholarship fund to enroll future students from Jamaica. The scholarships will cover the full financial needs of the recipients for four years, in addition to a stipend for overseas study experience. The college has six Jamaicans among its alumni since 1997.

Lafayette is a top American Liberal Arts College that offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes, including engineering. It has one of the highest endowment-per-student rates with significant resources to fund student research and provide opportunities for study abroad, internships and fieldwork.

Dr Omar Davies, minister of transport, works and housing, will be in charge of the Government until the prime minster's returns tomorrow.

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