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The Honorable Pravind Jugnauth receives an Honorary Degree

Thursday 3rd March 2005

On a cold, sunny day last Saturday our 2005 graduands had their degrees conferred upon them and are now on our ever growing list of alumni contacts. We wish them well in the future and will offer any help we can over the years to come. Further news will follow in the next issue of the Independent, due out next month.

Sir Martin Jacomb, Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws of the University on The Honorable Pravind Jugnauth, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development for Mauritius on Saturday, 26 February.

A Law graduate of Buckingham from 1984, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth returned to Mauritius in 1987 following study at Lincoln's Inn and a Masters Degree from Aix-en-Provence University in France. Once back in Mauritius he joined the MSM and in 1996 was appointed Councillor for the Municipality of Vacoas/Phoenix. Minister Jugnauth then went on to be nominated Deputy Leader of the MSM and shortly after was elected Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No 11 and appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food Technology and Natural Resources. In 2003 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

Sir Martin Jacombe and The Honorable Pravind Jugnauth in academic robes

Recipients of Honorary Degrees also included:

David Pendrill and Lawrie Drury in academic robes

Mr Lawrie Drury, former Head of Accounting and Finance at Buckingham. He joined Buckingham in the early nineties and has since held many positions within the University, including Head of Accounting and Finance and Pro-Vice Chancellor. His presenter was Emeritus Professor David Pendrill who retired last year, shortly before Lawrie Drury.

Mr Oleg Gordievsky, the highest ever ranked KGB officer to work for British Intelligence. He joined the KGB in 1962 and from 1974 to 1985 collaborated with the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in Copenhagen and then London. Mr Gordievsky's information and service has been credited with accelerating the collapse of Communism. Soon after his escape to London from Moscow, he was sentenced to death by Soviet authorities. He is a well-respected commentator on political developments in Russia and contributes to many current affairs publications. He has also co-authored a number of authoritative books examining the practice of Soviet intelligence.

Mr Robert Tomkinson, retiring Chairman of the Council of the University of Buckingham. Mr Tomkinson is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and started his career at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. He was then involved in the setting up of a merchant bank specialising in the energy industries, and went on to become the Financial Director at Automotive Products, and then Group Financial Director at Electrocomponents.

Report by Anne Matsuoka and the Web Team

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