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Oxford University Gazette, 12 June 2008: Notices

CONFERMENT OF DEGREE BY DIPLOMA

The following Diploma of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law was read by the Public Orator when the Degree was conferred in a Congregation held on Wednesday, 4 June:

His Majesty KING ABDULLAH II IBN AL HUSSEIN, KING OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN

CANCELLARIVS MAGISTRI SCHOLARES
VNIVERSITATIS OXONIENSIS
OMNIBVS AD QVOS PRAESENTES LITTERAE PERVENERINT
SALVTEM IN DOMINO SEMPITERNAM

CVM diu ex more nobis fuerit illustrissimos Reges et Principes qui ob sagacitatem moresque spectatos inclaruerint eosque praesertim qui ad nostram patriam decus adduxerint quantum possumus insignire;

CVMque Dominus Augustissimus ABDVLLAH, Iordaniae Rex, eius nominis secundus, populo praesit qui nobiscum amicitiae vinculis diu coniuncta est;

CVMque illa civitas inter tot discrimina rerum exemplum temperantiae aliis nationibus praebuerit;

CVMque ad pacem iustitiam prosperitatem suae genti gentibusque aliis promovendam summa contentione nixus sit;

CVMque populo consuluerit legesque emendaverit nec non mulieres et iuvenes in forum provexerit;

CVMque apud Collegium Pembrochianum litteris studuerit, cuius socius honoris causa sit electus;

CVMque scientiam rei militaris, cuius constat eum peritissimum esse, apud nostram Academiam Regiam didicerit;

CVMque et coniugem RANIAM, reginam piam et dilectam, celebrare velimus;

NOS ERGO, tanti hominis virtutem sapientiam auctoritatem admirati, in frequenti Congregationis Domo praedictum Regem DOCTOREM in Iure Civili renuntiamus eumque vi ac virtute huius Diplomatis omnibus iuribus et privilegiis adficimus quae ad hunc gradum spectant.

IN CVIVS REI TESTIMONIVM sigillum Vniversitatis quo in hac parte utimur adponendum curavimus.

Admission by the Chancellor

Rex nobilissime, qui te populi Britannici fidum amicum populi tui gubernatorem sagacitate et comitate insignem praebuisti, ego Cancellarius auctoritate mea et totius Vniversitatis nec non vi ac virtute huius Diplomatis admitto te ad gradum Doctoris in Iure Civili.


Paraphrase

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF
THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
TO WHOMSOEVER THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME
MAY THE LORD EVER PRESERVE AND KEEP YOU

WHEREAS it has long been our custom to confer such honours as are in our power upon eminent Kings and Princes distinguished by their judgement and personal character, and especially upon those who have brought distinction to our own country;

AND WHEREAS His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of Jordan, reigns over a people that has long been joined to us by ties of friendship;

AND WHEREAS that nation has provided the world with a pattern of moderation in even the most turbulent times;

AND WHEREAS he has striven with all his might to increase peace, justice and prosperity both for his own and for other nations;

AND WHEREAS he has shown himself to be a reformer, bringing Jordan's citizens, not least women and young people, into the process of decision-making;

AND WHEREAS he studied at Pembroke College, of which he has been elected an honorary fellow;

AND WHEREAS he acquired his acknowledged mastery of the soldier's art at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst;

AND WHEREAS we also wish to salute Her Majesty Queen RANIA, his devoted and well beloved wife;

NOW THEREFORE WE, in recognition of his eminent courage, judgement and experience, do here in this full House of Congregation pronounce the aforesaid Sovereign a DOCTOR in our Faculty of Civil Law, and by the virtue and power of this Diploma we invest him with all the rights and privileges which belong to that Degree.

Admission by the Chancellor

Most noble Sovereign, who have shown yourself a staunch friend of the British people and a leader of the Jordanian people distinguished for sagacity and humanity, I as Chancellor, acting on my own authority and that of our whole University, and by the power and force of this Diploma, admit you to the degree of Doctor of Civil Law.


HIS MAJESTY made the following reply:

In the Name of God, the Most merciful, the Compassionate

Mr Chancellor,

Distinguished Members of the University,

My friends,

It is a wonderful experience to join you today. For me, only one day at Oxford rivals this one, and that was the day in 1982 that I entered university, and joined this extraordinary community of fellowship and knowledge.

I am especially pleased to receive this honour from the hands of a champion of global dialogue, my friend Chris Patten. But may I say, I see this honour as one for all Jordanians. It is they who inspire me—their achievement and tenacity; their hard work, and their loyalty to our nation. The responsibility I bear as a Hashemite is dedicated to their future. So today, it is on behalf of all Jordanians, that I do most gratefully accept this honorary degree.

My friends,

Since 1190 Oxford has been welcoming international students... encouraging the most rigorous enquiry... and inspiring innovative thinking. This University is the wellspring of a worldwide community of graduates... men and women energised by its standards of excellence and social responsibility. Scholars and scientists here have revolutionised human understanding and advanced human welfare... not for your country only, but for the world.

It is with a deep respect for these global contributions that I wish to speak today. I wish to speak about the urgent need to understand and act upon the threat facing the Middle East today. I wish to speak about the need to prevent global disaster by preventing regional disaster. I wish to speak about the opportunity to make my region a contributor to world stability, rather than a source of radiating crisis.

Today, for much of the developed world, wars are history. For the Middle East, they remain a constant. Our region is in the firing line of extremist ideologies that seek to divide and control. Their strategy is to promote confrontation, break down moderation, and sever cooperation with the West. This minority of extremists have driven conflicts that are now increasing at an unprecedented rate. New actors, new military doctrines, and advanced weapons capabilities are transforming the security landscape. Frustration over the Palestinian situation has fuelled radicalism. There has been no easing of the public perception that the global system has ignored the Arab and Muslim world.

I do not need to say that, for a region as strategic as the Middle East, these trends are a crisis—not only for us, but for you. Our regions are deeply intertwined—in trade, in the movement of peoples, in security, in ideas. And we have a critical shared interest in how the challenge is met... whether we find the right answers... and whether we find them in time.

Powerful models are at hand. Our globalising world has brought opportunity and progress, not just because of economic efficiencies, but because of its expanding partnerships. Here, and elsewhere, people are seeing that peaceful engagement, not hostility, is the way to a better future. It is a path that Europe itself has spearheaded, through historic reconciliations and a pioneering regional community. Today the European Community joins twenty-seven countries and 500 million people... with, by the way, at least six religions, with Islam as the second largest—all forming a diverse community, that cooperates, under the rule of law, for mutual benefit.

It is moderation, not extremism, that opens the way to that future—through coexistence, cooperation, and all the benefits they entail. I believe this path is essential for my region. But to achieve it, we must work together—boldly, effectively—to create the strategic space for peace and progress to grow.

The first step is—must be—peace at the core. Justice and statehood, finally, for the Palestinian people.

We meet here today, on a day—4 June—that resonates in the ears of every Arab. June the fourth, 1967, marks the last day a Palestinian lived free of occupation. The next day, June the fifth, began forty-one years of whiplashing violence, invasive settlements, a crippled economy, and harsh and multiplying restrictions on life. For Israel, it has been forty-one years of incessant conflict. Sixty years after its founding, it is still not recognised by fifty-seven countries representing one-third of the members of the United Nations, with a total population greater than Europe and the United States combined.

While the conflict continues, people on both sides lose. It is time to help people win. For Palestinians, justice and a future, in an independent, sovereign, and viable state. For Israelis, recognition and security—a security that isolation, behind walls and military forces, can never bring.

The groundwork is in place, the opportunity is here. And Europe, especially the United Kingdom, can make a critical contribution... as honest brokers in negotiations... as sources of security support... and as investors in the Palestinian economy. Your efforts will send a global message to young people, young Muslims especially, that the international community can and will deliver on its promise of justice and hope.

Nothing is more important for the youth of our region—200 million young men and women—the largest and the fastest growing youth cohort in our history. They see, in a thousand different ways, all this century has to offer... and they want to share in that promise. Yet most of our countries are still developing their way out of poverty. Even in this plugged-in generation, illiteracy remains unacceptably high, especially for women. Our youth face some of the world's worst unemployment rates.

We must respond. Over the next few years, there needs to be wide-scale, tangible solutions to the issues that affect people's lives: community development... access to health care... affordable energy... secure water resources... good schools... gender equality... and jobs, jobs, jobs—some 200 million more—for college graduates as well as school-leavers.

We in the region are determined to lead the way. We look to those who understand the stakes to join with us. In Jordan, we have pressed forward, in spite of the obstacles, making a major commitment to development and reform. Our people are participating more actively than ever in the larger world, rejecting the voices of extremism and hatred. Our country is the home of the Amman Message... with its global message about Islam and its call for tolerance, mutual respect, and human equality.

My friends,

Jordan has taken risks for a future of peace in our region and the world. I hope we can look to the members of this university for intellectual, moral and practical support.

Bonds between the Arab, Muslim, and British peoples go back hundreds of years. In the medieval Canterbury Tales, Chaucer tells us the mark of a learned English doctor: to be 'well versed' in the work of Al Razi, Ibn Sina, and Ibn Rushd. Ibn Sina's The Canon of Medicine was a standard text for European medical students well into the seventeenth century.

Today, such academic cross-fertilisation continues. I treasure this honorary degree as a symbol of the close relationship between Oxford and the Arab world. Academic exchanges and joint projects have brought our people together. Our students have been welcomed here. Alumni make a major contribution. Jordan's Oxonians are in key roles across society—banking, telecommunications, humanitarian work, public service, and more.

Such interactions between East and West are vital today—and we need many more. Not just official delegations, but students, teachers, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, development innovators and others. If we refuse to accept the walls that others would create, imagine what we can achieve. What new thinkers will emerge? What new art and inventions? What new breakthroughs will enlighten our understanding?

Millions of people in the Middle East want to share in creating a century of progress and peace. Let us not allow false divisions to hold us back. Let us not accept polarisation. Together, we can leave old conflicts, old inequalities, old ignorance, in the past. Together, we can confront the attack on reason and coexistence. Together, we can make a reality of our shared humanity—European, Asian, Arab; Muslim, Christian, Jew; East and West.

Thank you very much.

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GENERAL NOTICES

Registrar's Nominee for the Executive MBA Course at the Saïd Business School

Applications are invited from staff of the University to be nominated by the Registrar for the twenty-one- month Executive MBA course at the Saïd Business School, starting in January 2009. The nominee, if successful in the application to the Business School, will have 50 per cent of his or her course fees covered by the Registrar's budget.

Applicants for the Registrar's nomination will need the support of their department (including financial support to cover the remaining 50 per cent of the course fees and college and other fees), will need to demonstrate capacity to work at a postgraduate level, show how they and their department would benefit from pursuing the programme, and will be expected to remain working for the University for at least two years after completing the programme.

The closing date for applications to be nominated is 11 July, and the application closing date to the Saïd Business School is 1 October. Further particulars on how to apply may be obtained from Diana Hulin in the Registrar's Office on (2)80415, and further information on the course content and academic requirements may be obtained from Sarah Kemp at the Saïd Business School on (2)88901.


Christ Church: Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert

The second annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert will be given by the internationally renowned organist SIMON PRESTON, OBE, HON. FRCO, at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 26 June, in Christ Church Cathedral. Mr Preston will play an hour-long programme of organ works by J.S. Bach, which will also feature in his Proms performance later in the year.

Admission is free and all members of the Universty are welcome. Tickets are not required, and there is no reserved seating. Enquiries may be addressed to hacmemorial@yahoo.co.uk.


University Gazette: Publication Arrangements

Members of the University are asked to note that the final Gazettes of the present academic year will be published on 20 and 26 June, and 10 and 24 July. Publication for 2008–9 will begin on 25 September. The usual deadlines will apply throughout.

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