SIT recog­nises Shad­bolt’s con­tri­bu­tion with fel­low­ship

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

IN­VER­CARGILL Mayor Tim Shad­bolt has been recog­nised for his com­mit­ment to in­creas­ing South­land’s stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

Mr Shad­bolt was awarded an hon­orary fel­low­ship by the South­ern In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (SIT) at a grad­u­a­tion cere­ mony yesterday.

In the ci­ta­tion, Mr Shad­bolt was recog­nised for be­ing ‘‘an ac­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tor and pro­moter of the South’’ and for his com­mit­ment to at­tract­ing more stu­dents to South­land.

The in­sti­tute’s zero fees scheme, in­tro­duced in 2000, was backed by Mr Shad­bolt and had been ‘‘a lead­ing fac­tor in turn­ing around In­ver­cargill’s pop­u­la­tion de­cline’’.

‘‘Mayor Tim is com­mit­ted to mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in the re­gion, demon­strated through his drive to at­tract in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to schools and ter­tiary study across the re­gion and his pro­mo­tion of South­land and New Zealand at in­ter­na­tional fairs re­sult­ing in large num­bers of stu­dents com­ing to the re­gion.’’

The fel­low­ship is awarded to recog­nise the achieve­ments of in­di­vid­u­als who have con­trib­uted to the in­sti­tute or wider com­mu­nity through lead­er­ship, schol­ar­ship, cre­ativ­ity, or hu­man­i­tar­ian or pub­lic ser­vice.

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