Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great distinction to have been asked as a guest of honour to this dinner, and I would like to thank the UK Telecommunications Academy and the Bucks New University for their invitation.
It is always a special pleasure to be present amongst people who, like me, recognize the fundamental importance of learning.
The greatest and most valuable resource in the world is human brainpower – and we can achieve so much through education and through transferring skills. Between individuals, between academic institutions and between countries.
This evening we are celebrating a new influx of students to courses which will – over the year – create new ‘ICT ambassadors’ who will go forth into the world and spread their knowledge widely.
We are proud to have with us over 20 students from Africa who have secured UKTA scholarships, along with many members of BNU faculty and UKTA Directors.
I will not take up too much of your time with speechifying this evening – but instead would like to remind you that ICTs are the greatest tool we have for advancing social and economic progress around the world, in countries rich and poor.
We are here together because we firmly believe in the power of ICTs and in the power of education.
Together, with this marriage made in heaven, we can achieve the most extraordinary progress.
We can bring the untold riches of the world within reach of all the world’s people.
We can create a fairer and more equitable society.
And we can use our own experience – built through educational initiatives such as these – to make the world a better place for all, through the use of ICTs.