PAUL INSTALLED AS CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER
(10 October 2006)
Paul of Marylebone has been installed as the inaugural Chancellor
of the University of Westminster at a ceremony today at Londons
Banqueting House (10 October 2006). Indian-born businessman Lord
Paul, 75, who is chairman of Caparo Group, a global steel, engineering
and property development business, said he was proud
to be appointed Chancellor.
his acceptance speech he said: It is with tremendous pride
and deep emotion that I am responding today to the call of destiny
which sometimes takes us in a direction we might never have imagined.
I am proud of the confidence you have placed in me by choosing me
as the first Chancellor of the University of Westminster.
my businesses and politically and socially I work
extensively in global markets and I will be looking to transfer
my knowledge and contacts to develop the University.
University of Westminster has a massive culturally diverse grounding
and this is something I applaud, Lord Paul told the 350-strong
Vice-Chancellor Dr Geoffrey Copland said: The University is
honoured that Lord Paul has consented to be our Chancellor. His
background, achievements and interests overlap extensively with
those of the University: London; international matters; business;
a burning desire to provide opportunities for all to gain education
to the highest level possible; and support for excellence in achievement.
all besides his business, political and personal achievements, Lord
Paul demonstrates a real personal warmth and humility, characteristics
which I hope will be imbued in our graduates alongside their own
professional and personal achievements, added Dr Copland.