KHAN APPOINTED CHANCELLOR OF BRADFORD UNI.
(23 November 2005)
cricketing legend turned politician, Imran Khan, will become the
University of Bradford's fifth Chancellor when he is officially
installed at a special ceremony on Wednesday 7 December 2005. Before
that, Imran Khan will lay a foundation stone for the University's
new Institute of Cancer Therapeutics. Imran Khan succeeds Baroness
Betty Lockwood as the University's fifth Chancellor since its foundation
Chris Taylor, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, said:
"Through his achievements and endeavours, Imran Khan embodies
the interest and style of the University and continues a Bradford
tradition of distinguished Chancellors.
will be a role model for young people in the University and the
city, strengthen our links with South Asia and he will be a valuable
bridge between east and west."
Khan will be officially installed as Chancellor of the University
at a ceremony on Wednesday 7 December. This ceremony will also see
the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Baroness Valerie Amos in
recognition of her distinguished contributions to public life, particularly
in the fields of equal opportunities and international development.
The ceremony will also see the awarding of degrees to students from
the Bradford Centre for International Development, the department
of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the School of Archaeological,
Geographical and Environmental Sciences, which Imran Khan will confer
in his first awards ceremony as Chancellor.
Imran Khan was born in 1952 in Lahore, Pakistan. He was educated
at Aitchison College, Lahore where he proved to be a fine cricketer
and made his first-class test debut for Lahore against Sarghodha
at the age of sixteen. He was selected to play for the Pakistan
cricket team in 1970 and very soon made a permanent place for himself
in the national side. He finished his high school education at Royal
Grammar School at Worcester in England where he excelled in cricket.
went on to study Economics and Politics at Keble College, Oxford
in 1972, where former president of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, was
his classmate. He was elected captain of Oxford's cricket team in
1974 but gave up the captaincy in 1975 to concentrate on final exams.
During the Seventies he became a leading all-rounder in the world
of cricket and was rewarded with the Pakistan captaincy in 1981.
He was declared international cricketer of the year in 1989-90 and
led Pakistan to numerous victories all over the world, finally clinching
the World Cup in 1992.
retired from cricket in 1992, and moved into Pakistani politics
in 1996, launching the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Pakistani Justice
1996 he opened the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT) Cancer Hospital
in memory of his mother who had suffered from the disease. Today
SKMT is one of the leading institutions for free cancer treatment
in the world and has received international recognition.
is amongst a number of actors, artists, singers and sports figures
who donate their talents to advocate for children on behalf of UNICEF
as Special Representatives. He has used his international profile
in cricket to support health and immunisation programmes in Bangladesh,
Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
UN has designated 2005 as the International Year of Sport and Physical
Education to highlight the power of sport to bridge cultural and
ethnic divides and improve people's lives.
ROLE OF CHANCELLOR
Chancellor's role is an important one for universities. A Chancellor
not only acts as a figurehead for the University's activities but
is also chosen as an individual who will appeal to, and provide
a role model for, the various constituencies the University serves,
including most obviously its students and its local, national and
international stakeholders. Formally, the Chancellor's role under
the University's Charter and Statutes is to confer degrees of the
University at Congregations which are held twice a year, over three
days in July and two days in December.
Chancellors of the University of Bradford include Lord Harold Wilson
of Rievaulx (Chancellor: 1966-1985), Sir John Harvey-Jones (Chancellor:
1986-1991), Sir Trevor Holdsworth (Chancellor:1992-1997) and Baroness
Betty Lockwood (Chancellor: 1997-2005) .