Easter Sunday Message from President Smith
I greet you warmly on this Easter Sunday.
Today, believers the world over are celebrating the holiest of days on the Christian calendar, the resurrection of Christ who overcame death and the grave and opens the door to eternal life.
Yet today, we are confronting the fragility of health, peace, employment, and life itself. With some 1.5 million COVID-19 cases in more than 200 countries, and rising, the world will never quite be the same. We are told that physical distance, not the closeness we crave as human beings, protects life. With restrictions on movement, Man’s dominion over all the animals and the Earth, is under question.
Despite these great difficulties, anguish and pain, we can be thankful and grateful. A simple act of kindness and compassion can give hope and comfort. Reach out virtually to family and friends to offer encouragement. Spend time reading to loved ones. When the lockdown expires, donate food and essential supplies, if you can, to a family in need.
We are in a new era which demands that we stretch ourselves, apply our collective creativity and energy and adapt. At UB, we are doing just that in our online transition, adjustments in our academic affairs and communications. And while everything is not perfect, we are applying our best efforts for the benefit of faculty, staff, students and our stakeholders.
Now, more than ever, it is evident that higher education matters. It matters for scientific application, problem solving, policy making and capacity building.
As we reflect on the gift of life, I am immensely grateful for our University community and all that you contribute to our nation and the world. What we do transforms lives.
Wishing you, your family and friends a happy and blessed Easter.
Rodney D. Smith, Ed.D
President and CEO
University of The Bahamas
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Chartered on 10th November 2016, University of The Bahamas (UB) is a beacon for national transformation. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in the University of The Bahamas system which includes campuses and centres on New Providence, Grand Bahama, San Salvador and Abaco, as well as UB online education. UB’s diverse academic programmes, research engagements, athletics and leadership development experiences equip our students to become global citizens in a dynamic world. For more information, visit www.ub.edu.bs.