GREAT BAY, St. Maarten ( Saturday, August 11, 2012) -The University of St. Martin was presented a check for USD $25,000 for funding of a computer system for the registrar’s office from the Country Manager of the bank of Nova Scotia, Eli Bendaly on Thursday afternoon at the Philipsburg branch.
The cheque was handed to the USM Board Chairperson, Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet in the presence of the Prime Minister, Sarah Wescot-Williams, Education Minister, Silveria Jacobs, members of the USM Board and other invited guest. In his opening remarks Deepak ( Danny) Ramchandani of the USM Board commended Scotia bank for their generous support over the years and noted the interest that business on the island have for education and the University of St. Martin.
University of St. Martin president, Annelies van den Assem said in her remarks that August 9th will be considered memorable with the special contribution received from the bank to further develop USM in obtaining a new and up to date student registration system. Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Silveria Jacobs stated that the gesture made by Eli Bendaly Scotia bank, Country Manager should serve as a great example to the community that they can contribute in many ways. Prime Minister, Sarah Wescot-Williams also commended Scotia bank by stating that even though other businesses does a lot of corporate sponsorship, she do believe that together with government the focus should be on those areas that matters most which is education.