University of Guyana: Fifty Years Serving the Nation – Rosaliene Bacchus

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University of Guyana - Turkeyen Campus - GuyanaUniversity of Guyana – Turkeyen Campus – Guyana
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Fifty years serving Guyana since its inception on 19 April 1963. A remarkable achievement for a young developing nation with a population of less than 800,000.

The University of Guyana is the legacy of a leader whose mother never went to school and father who left school before he was ten. Ignoring the naysayers, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, an American trained dentist, had pursued his vision for Guyana’s future as an independent nation. Together with other founding members, he initiated evening classes in the country’s top secondary school building and rented buildings around Georgetown.

Dr. Jagan knew that realizing a big dream started with small steps.

From a small beginning of 179 undergraduates, the university has grown to over 5,000 students at its Turkeyen Campus opened in October 1969.

Small beginnings did not mean low educational standards. Socialist scholars in…

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/28/2013 at 5:45 pm

    Cyril, a big thank you for sharing my blog post. Happy Sunday!

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 04/28/2013 at 5:59 pm

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi
    Happy Fiftieth Anniversary UG! Thanks for sharing Rosaliene.

  • Deen  On 04/28/2013 at 6:34 pm

    Cheddie Jagan was a visionary, who believed in the fundamental principle that to build a strong nation it’s a prerequisite to educate the people.;;;;; especially if the majority are poor and can’t afford higher education.
    Congratulations to the University of Guyana on the achievement of its Golden Anniversary and best wishes for continued development and success.

  • Cyril balkaran  On 04/29/2013 at 1:36 am

    We must as we celebrate the golden Anniversary of the University of Guyana, thank those of our political leaders as Cheddi Jagan for having the vision to start yhis University as a modest start at the Queen College, with Prof. Hogben as the leader and chancellor. There were interesting times as when the United Force Leader, Peter D’Aguiar said in the Parliament in 1964 while he was reading the Budget as finance Minister “not a damn cent for Jagan’s night School” In the meantime from 1963 and onwards many people from the East Guyana were riding the trains and flooding Georgetown after 4;00 pm to be enrolled and start classes in BSc. B.A, M.A. Our Caribbean folks were also fully taking advantage of this newest University in the region. Other Leaders in Guyana must take note of the struggles of late Cheddi Jagan to give the people of Guyana some dignity, honour and self respect. Long live the University of Guyana. Long live Cheddi Jagan!

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