Ali, from left, Nabeetha Nagalinagam, Carla Philips and
Asha Williams, recipients of Fulbright scholarships at the
Fulbright 2000 Awards programme last week.
of the Fulbright programme.
There is not enough investment in the human capital of T&T,
says US Ambassador Roy Austin.
He said while he has noticed an increase in the number of
companies in the country, there has not been a corresponding
increase in investment in its human resource.
manages to produce brilliant students with the potential
of becoming future leaders who can make a valuable contribution
to the countrys development, Austin said last
a country like T&T to be a torchbearer in the region
as it desires to be, and rightly so, given the wealth of
natural resources that abound here, investment in its human
capital is mandatory, Austin said.
He made these remarks at a presentation ceremony of scholars
at the Fulbright 2000 Program.
The programme, he said, was conceptualised for the purpose
of developing the countrys human resources and by
extension, the country.
It is mandatory that all Fulbright Scholars return to T&T
for two years after they have completed their studies in
the US, he noted.
Austin said the programme has had a good measure of success
in attracting corporate sponsors and in identifying deserving
He said, though, in order to more closely approach or achieve
optimum benefit for T&T, the country needs to substantially
increase the number of corporations that are currently involved
in this programme.
goal is that all the major corporations in T&T will
one day embrace this programme and view it as an avenue
for assisting this countrys status in as short a time
as possible, he said.
Austin said while the traditional Fulbright scholarships
are wholly sponsored by the US government, more could be
embassy colleagues and I, as well as the CEOs of a
few leading organisations that have recognised the importance
of investing in this programme, have knocked on many corporate
doors but to no avail, he said.
One of the problems they have encountered from their detractors
has been the cost of the scholarship which can easily fund
more than one student in a local institution.
He said studying abroad gives students the opportunity to
measure their academic worth on an international level.
message this evening to the corporations out there that
have the potential but are not yet involved in this programme
is: Please sponsor a student now.
This year Dave Samaroo was awarded the Fulbright 2000 Atlantic
Energy Scholarship for Energy Law; Stacey Dillon the Fulbright
2000 Bechtel Scholarship in Construction Engineering; Bevan
Narinesingh, the Fulbright 2000 Central Bank Scholarship
in Development Economics/Trade; and Terence Campbell, the
Fulbright 2000 Tucker Energy Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering.
An additional six scholarships will be sponsored by the
US governmentJanelle Johnson, Ayana Phillips, Nabeetha
Nagalingham, Richard Escalante, Eduardo Ali and Caryll Balliramp.
The Fulbright Alumni Association of T&T (FAATT) was
established in 1996 to further the ideals of the Fulbright
Program in promoting international understanding, goodwill
and peace among all countries and to actively contribute
to the education of the leaders of tomorrow.
Its aims and objectives include fostering interaction among
Fulbright Alumni in T&T, promoting links with Fulbright
Alumni at regional and international levels and enhancing
the professional development of members by organising and
encouraging their participation in workshops, seminars and
continuing professional development programmes relevant
to the needs of its members.
President of the alumni association, Grace Les Fouris said
it also facilitates Fulbright alumni from other regions
on visits to, and travel within, the Caribbean region.
She said despite severe financial constraints, the Fulbright
Alumni Association has successfully hosted a number of activities
aimed at achieving these objectives.
This includes two conferences, on promoting global understanding,
the other on preparing for the job market in the 21st century.
They recently concluded a disaster preparedness workshop
November of 2003 the association hosted Crossroads of the
Americas, an evening of music and dance of T&T and some
of our Latin American neighbours which turned out to be
extremely enjoyable, and which, by popular demand, we propose
to make an annual affair, the next being planned, on a grander
scale, for September of this year, she said.