Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, was one out of a cohort students of the University of London International programs 2016 graduating class who was awarded a degree certificate of achievement on Tuesday, March 8, in a grand ceremony which started at 11 am. The ceremony was held in the Barbican Centre in the heart of the city of London. Ms. Naiken’s award was for a Master of Science in Finance majoring in the financial sector management.
Although the University of Seychelles is a Registered Centre for the University of London International Programs offering a wide range of degree programs from environment sciences to law degrees, Ms. Naiken chose to follow her master’s courses by long distance as this course was not available at the UniSey and given the fact that work and family commitments would not avail her the time to follow scheduled classes. Formerly a University of Manchester graduate with a Bachelor of Arts honors in Economics and Business studies, Ms. Naiken followed this course for over a period of 3 years.
Ms. Naiken shared her remarks when asked about how she did it, “Whenever there is a will, there is a way! This is my way of inspiring our young girls!”
During a reception shortly after the graduation ceremony, Ms. Naiken had the chance to interact with her Royal Highness Princess Anne, and she remarked by saying, “The successes of students like you represent long and sustained commitment to study.” She continued by saying specifically to Ms. Naiken, “It is amazing how you have been able to remain in full-time work with a family while studying!” She also hailed to all the hardworking Seychellois women. The 2016 graduation ceremony coincidentally fell on Women’s International Day.
Ms. Naiken would like to thank her family and members of her staff who have been great supporters and motivators throughout these years. “I believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it!” she remarked.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .