The Rhodes Scholarship is a highly prestigious international award for study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by the University except for the MBA – whether a Master’s programme, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status). The Scholarship is for two years in the first instance, though may be held for one year only; applications for a third year are considered during the course of the 2nd year. University and College fees are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, Scholars receive a monthly maintenance stipend to cover accommodation and living expenses. Although all scholars become affiliated with a residential college while at Oxford, they also enjoy access to Rhodes House, an early 20th century mansion with numerous public rooms, gardens, a library, study areas, and other facilities. The scholarships were initiated after the death of Cecil John Rhodes and have been awarded to applicants annually since 1902 by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford on the basis of academics and strength of character.
The recent announcement that 21 year old Vincentian Robert Luke Browne is the 2008 Rhodes Scholar for the Eastern Caribbean should be applauded by all of us. The Rhodes Scholarship has historically rewarded academic excellence and Mr. Robert Luke Browne will now have to join some illustrious past awardees. The little we have heard from the young man and the excellent track record he has been able to achieve in his brief stint on earth gives us real hope for the future. Often times we are quick to be harsh with the young people, sometimes forgetting that the tension created by the generation divide has been on-going for many years. The future of any nation will depend on its ability to nurture its young people and more importantly those that demonstrate leadership qualities must be separated from the herd. Anyone who has listened to Mr. Robert Luke Browne immediately knows that he is a leader in the making.
Unfortunately what the past has shown us is the inability of our region to hold-on to our best and brightness. The lure of working in developed markets overseas where material gain and prestige can be had is often irresistible in a world today where the almighty dollar rules. On those rare occurrences when our bright sons and daughters elect to return to give back to their Caribbean countries, they encounter political and social systems which will frustrate and stymie any effort to fully utilize their skills. How can we break the cycle of inertia to ensure that our region can fully benefit from the intellectual capital of the region?
The survival of our island states to compete on the global stage certainly depends on our current leaders acting like leaders.
We suppose if he was a Bajan the comments would be coming. That’s the people we have become.
I am a Bajan and when I read the story I was very proud of him. He is a Caribbean person and that is what matters. I wish him well.
Wait…. isn’t he the former president of the guild who had a no confidence motion brought before him for abuse of his post including misuse of guild resources? Hmmm, I guess they’re trying to get back to what Mr. Rhodes stood for. He’ll make a wonderful Prime Minister. I recommend we start investing in Vincey land. Meanwhile, there were other winners, why weren’t THEY mentioned?
Congratulations to a remarkable young man who against the odds continue to rise. Keep up the good work.We as a region feel great pride. Continue to strive!!Bless..why would we mention the persons from outside of our region who won the scholarship?
Sigh… no no no. There was an awarding of the scholarship in Jamaica also, in which a Jamaican girl who wishes to pursure law won.
Superlative1 you are correct that a Jamaican was awarded a Rhodes scholarship but we have obviously focused on Mr. Rober Luke Browne for all the obvious reasons 🙂
What are these obvious reasons Sir…. because of the shining example he is? (sarcasm in case you missed it)
The gentleman honed his skills at Cave hill, we just thought that you UWI peeps would embrace the young man and take some credit for molding a future leader.
Mr. no confidence motion guild resources abuser? With a selfish ambition of becoming a prime minister to abuse resources on a larger scale? Wow… we should erect a shrine.
So Mr. Superlative1 if you are going to throw accusations around please post the evidence. Don’t they teach you guys to substantiate statements on the hill?
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Did I not warn you not to tangle with my man Superlative1? I suspect that you will end up with another crow dish if you persist with this one.
The main characteristics of excellent leaders in their formative years has to be humility and patience.
Any time you see a young leader (teens and early twenties) thinking like a god-send, you KNOW that you have trouble ahead…. just the wisdom of bush tea…
I don’t know the young man – never heard of him before- but when I heard his remarks and of his exposure to and by his PM, I did become somewhat worried for him…
Don’t underestimate humility and patience, these are VITAL attributes for successful leaders. The FIRST step in learning to lead, is in understanding what it is to be led…
Even when humility is learned at a young age many leaders become challenged during their ‘power’ days…. far less when they start out with perceptions of grandeur…
*Grits Teeth* David, are you telling me that if I don’t hyperlink to News for Hire I am spouting hearsay? If you want proof ask students at UWI from before this academic year or do a check, it isn’t a secret.
With regards to leadership trouble brewing for TnT minister elect Mariano Browne . Take a read. What do you think?
Thanks for the links Anon, Adrian L also posted on another blog. We remember his case being mentioned in the newspapers sometime back. We suspect that the practice in Barbados of not printing or discussing cases which are pending before the courts has removed this matter from the public eye.
We recall is Alair Shepherd represented Mariano Browne and a lawyer and politician we all know well represented CLICO.
Congrats Luke! Keep the flame of the Caribbean and the UWI burning.
Looks like Mr. Brown is about to use his intellect honed at the University of the West Indies to do something never done by a student before i.e. sue the UWI and Hilary Beckles. Is a little learning a dangerous thing :-)?
Read Hairoun Blog
Re-read Bush tea’s post of Nov 2007 on this gentleman.
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