The Public Service Excellence Scholarship – presented in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Culture here in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) – recognises ‘exceptional public officers who are seeking to make a difference in their ministries and communities’.
Monique Hodge-Bell has received a full scholarship, while Linette Rabsatt received a partial scholarship to earn their Master of Public Administration (MPA) online with the university.
“Public officers are important collaborators who contribute to the development of their country,” said Dr. Craig Marsh, chief academic officer, University of Roehampton. “These exemplary students represent agents of change who are actively making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in their communities. Their advanced degrees in public administration will help them continue to address societal challenges as scholar-practitioners.”
Education Minister Myron Walwyn, in the meantime, said the government is pleased to partner with international tertiary institutions like the University of Roehampton, which he said has a reputable online programme geared towards the holistic development of public officers.
“We are delighted that two Virgin Islanders who are public officers are recipients of scholarships, and are now poised to learn more about public administration which is an area that would certainly be beneficial to the public service.”
Walwyn added. “This learning opportunity would directly assist the public service in its efforts to remain effective and efficient in enhancing public service delivery.”
Monique Hodge-Bell is said to be an active and prominent leader in the public service since 1992.
For eight years, she worked in the tourism and hospitality industry in the US Virgin Islands before returning to BVI to help design and promote legislation for a tourism development fund at the Tourist Board and Film Commission.
Hodge-Bell is now the territory’s assistant complaints commissioner. As part of her duties, she oversees all complaints, investigates matters, and recommends steps to address the various issues.
“It has been a goal of mine to achieve a more professional postgraduate degree from a reputable university in the UK as I journey through my career, placing more focus on the systematic investigation of executive organisation and management,” said Hodge-Bell.
Linette RabsattLinette Rabsatt, in the meantime, is the senior assistant human resources manager at the Department of Agriculture, where she plays a strategic role in managing the Department’s human and physical resources.
She stated that earning her MPA from Roehampton Online will provide her with the academic foundation needed to be more effective in her role, advising management on new initiatives and policies to improve public service.
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