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University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez celebrates its 41st birthday

On Monday 13 January the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez (UoC) celebrated its 41st birthday in a crowded auditorium. The UoC has been established on 12 January 1979 and this has been celebrated on Monday in the auditorium of the UoC. This year Rector Magnificus Dr. Francis de Lanoy invited Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles to be the keynote speaker. Sir Beckles is the President of Universities Caribbean (formerly UNICA) and also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. The title of his address was: ”One Caribbean Solutions: Time to end colonialism in the Caribbean”.

The evening started off with a speech by the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Mrs. Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé. In her speech she dwelled on the important role the university plays within our community in the field of education, learning and research. Rector Magnificus followed her and then it was the turn of Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles to address his keynote speech.

Sir Beckles focused on what is arguably the most complex problem facing the people of the Caribbean. The citizens of this region have been tested like no other people on the planet. They have had an experience like no other people on the planet and have been forced to deal with the most complicated circumstances of all: how do they govern themselves. There is no simple answer how to do this or how this should be done.

There are two things within the Caribbean history that people know to be true: (1) people have suffered the greatest crimes committed in this world in their Caribbean space (the crime of genocide, slavery trade and violent colonization) and as a result (2) they had no choice but to rebel, resist and demand freedom.

The Caribbean people are among the greatest lovers of respect and freedom, it is built in their culture. Because of their history of oppression they have learned to celebrate freedom.

Sir Beckles further states that Caribbean people are master of the concept of time. They know when to do, what to do and when not to do it.

Prof. Beckles concludes that 60 years from now all Caribbean countries, each with their own diversity, will have achieved freedom at their own pace and in their own way.

Present at the celebration were amongst others Her Excellency the Governor of Curaçao: Mrs. Lucille George-Wout and spouse, the Prime Minister of Curaçao: Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath, Members of Parliament: Mrs. Gisette Seferina and Mr. Steven Walroud, the Secretary General of Universities Caribbean: Dr. Myriam Moïse (Université des Antilles), personnel and students of the UoC.

Those interested can watch the whole presentation online under Video archive on www.uoc.cw under Tools. Note for editor: for more information about this evening you may contact: marketing@uoc.cw or +5999 522-5274.



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