Senior Minister, the Hon. Vance Amory (left() and Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris.

(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- As part of its 70th anniversary of service and leadership across the region, the University of West Indies (UWI) is honouring 70 outstanding alumni, including the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, and Senior Minister, the Honourable Vance Amory,

The ceremony to honour the 70 outstanding alumni forms part of a variety of celebratory activities being held by UWI this year. The ceremony will take place Wednesday Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Quadrangle at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

The Honourable Vance Amory, the former Premier of Nevis and current Senior Minister in the Team Unity Administration of St. Kitts and Nevis, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from UWI in 1973.

Prime Minister Harris graduated from the Cave Hill Campus in 1988 with a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting, having won the coveted Victor Cooke Prize for Best Accounting Student. In 1992, Dr. Harris then graduated at the top of his class from the St. Augustine Campus with a distinction in the Master’s Degree Management Studies Programme.

As a result of his outstanding performance in the Master’s Degree programme, the University, in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), sponsored Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris’ participation in the Ph.D. Programme involving four universities in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, namely Concordia University, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and HEC Montréal.

The St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister has also served on several councils and committees for the University of the West Indies.

Earlier this year at the 29th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM held in Haiti, Prime Minister Harris, CARICOM’s lead Head for Human Resource Development, was tasked with leading the settlement efforts for arrears owed to UWI by regional governments.

Dr. Harris’ work in this regard has since led to commitments by Caribbean Heads to make payments both in cash and kind to the university.

Prime Minister Harris’ leadership on this matter was recognized by top UWI officials including UWI Professor Densil Williams, who was tasked with working on the debt resolution project by the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Professor Williams was quoted in an article by the Jamaica-Gleaner posted on July 8, saying Prime Minister Harris “has been remarkable in leading the conversation with his prime ministerial colleagues on this matter,” adding that “results so far were positive, inclusive of commitments to provide cash to the university.”

UWI, founded in 1948, has evolved from a university college in Jamaica with 33 medical students to an internationally respected regional university with near 50,000 students.