The University of Guyana (UG) Renaissance has Started – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The UG Renaissance has Started With VC Dr. Ivelaw Griffith and His Team

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Merit and mediocrity do not mix well. The University of Guyana, a once proud and meritorious institution, has been descending into mediocrity. The laundry list of what needs to be done keeps getting longer and the stories coming from students and staff paint a picture of a university that is struggling to stay afloat. It was not always this way.

There was a time not so long ago when standards mattered, when the students and staff engaged in discussions way beyond the allotted time, when the UG bookshop functioned; grades would be handed in on time and students would flock to the bulletin boards to check them Sister Noel Menezes, our distinguished historian, said that during her tenure the final year students would be required to do research on an approved topic.   

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PROFILE: The UG Renaissance has begun – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine –  (in pictures}

UG ProfileIn June 2016 a group of foreign and local Education Resource Ambassadors (ERA’s) met in Georgetown, Guyana, to discuss ways and means of turning around the University of Guyana. They bought into the vision of the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal and in an incredible outpouring of support the ERA’s took UG into a new era.

A resolution was passed calling on government to act with local and international support. One can sense that the UG Renaissance has begun.  We present pictorial highlights of the meeting in Guyana.

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  • ndtewarie  On 07/03/2016 at 7:19 am

    The chief problem re: the University of Guyana is that the gov’t. should get out of control of the University otherwise nothing would be accomplished.

    • Albert  On 07/03/2016 at 9:29 pm

      @ndtewarie Should govt pour taxpayers money into the University and not have some form of control?
      Often there dont seem to be adequate realistic planning for instituton of higher learning in LDC’s. A place call a University is created with inadequate resources for national prestige when a mere technical school or college seem more appropriate ……..base on population, natural resources and the needs of the country.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/03/2016 at 6:30 pm

    Rather than standing on the sidelines and throwing wild criticisms about “The Chief problem …” – why don’t you just put some more thought into your critique and come up with suggestions on how we could go about doing that …..??

    I used to silence my critics at the job site by asking them to stand for election as Shop Steward – most do not take me up on it – some lasted a few days, perhaps a few weeks …..

    You believe what Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is going through is 3-cents?

    Any fool could condemn, complain and criticize – most fools do!!

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/03/2016 at 7:33 pm

    I had mentioned something about this a while back – mainly because I am fed up with the obnoxious attitude of “we want we own!” thinking …

    I had suggested that it is about time we started building on our West Indies Cricket success by initiating a West Indies Football team and amalgamate the West Indies University with University of Guyana and build a massive campus in Guyana – Forestry, comes to mind – world-class, with people flocking to UWI Guyana campus to do research, etc…

    Thinker is the only one that offered constructive criticism, as I recall.

    But, bringing it up again and again until we get it is a good thing.

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