St Lucia: The Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs will host prominent Saint Lucian professor Dr Cato Laurencin of the University Of Connecticut (UCONN) during this upcoming week.
Professor Dr Cato Laurencin is the recipient of a St Lucia Gold Medal of Honour for Independence 2022, as per the information by the government of St Lucia. The professor has also received many other prestigious awards for his contributions to the bioengineering field.
“Professor Dr Cato Laurencin, the recipient of a Saint Lucia Medal of Honor (Gold) for Independence 2022, is world-renowned for his work in regenerative engineering, biomaterials, stem cell science, nanotechnology and drug delivery systems. He has also received many other prestigious awards for work in the field of bio-engineering,” the government of St Lucia notified.
During the event, he will be joined by the officials of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, St. Jude Hospital, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC).
The officials, as mentioned earlier, will be engaged in the efforts to explore the possible collaborative undertakings between the professor, UCONN, and the Government of St Lucia.
In the midst of this tour, Professor Laurencin is expected to present the copies of his autobiographies to the students of the secondary schools “as he believes that knowledge of his life journey could be an inspiration to all of our aspiring youth.”
“Dr Cato Laurencin is one such Saint Lucian among many more, who will be invited to return home, to connect and be part of our Country’s development thrust,” the St Lucian government stated.
Many St Lucian praised the move; one mentioned, “Super news. We all can play a part in the development of Saint Lucia,” yet another stated, “This is amazing, Dr Laurencin’s life is truly inspiring”. The third added, “Really, it does not matter where the man was born. If this gentleman’s contribution, as I think it does in any way generates propulsion that aids Saint Lucia moving forward and at an increased pace or, as is said, “to connect and be part of our Country’s development thrust”, he is very much welcomed and appreciated.”