A US government official met with the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) president just a day before a scholarship programme was reinstated for Bahamians.
Caroline Casagrande, deputy assistant secretary for academic programmes in the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, paid a courtesy call on Dr Robert W Robertson prior to the announcement that the Fulbright programme would be reinstated.
The programme, which promotes international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science, was introduced to The Bahamas in 1996. Dr Robert W Robertson is an alumnus of the Fulbright programme.
Shown seated from left are BTVI’s president, Dr Robert W Robertson; Ms Casagrande and the US Embassy’s public affairs officer, Penny Rechkemmer. Standing from left are: US Department of State special assistant of academic programmes, Ingrid Specht; BTVI’s dean of student services, Racquel Bethel; BTVI’s associate vice-president of academic affairs, Leroy Sumner; and director of the US Embassy’s international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, Jamie Martin.