Here we see the Eden Court Theatre located on the banks of the River Ness in Inverness. This was the setting for the magnificent celebration to officially inaugurate Scotland's newest university - the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) on Thursday 25 August 2011. All is now in place for the start of the Academic Year 2011-12.
These were the words of welcome by The Rt Hon The Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT PC FRSE - our Patron.
Along with many others, I have been a long-time supporter of the establishment of a university in this region.
Our new university is an exceptional institution with boundless potential in contributing to the re-invigoration of the Highlands and Islands, to the economy of Scotland, and as a leader in the development of new approaches to adult education.
The university's teaching and research reflect the natural environment, the diverse cultures, and the industries of the Highlands and Islands, while its innovative delivery, through a network of community-based campuses, and use of technology to overcome geographic barriers, has received worldwide recognition.
I hope you enjoy this momentous occasion and join me in wishing the University of the Highlands and Islands every success for the future.
Wise words indeed!