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The University provides the basic professional training for nearly every aspect of Guyana’s development needs. From its humble beginning in 1963, the University of Guyana is now an established national institution which enjoys respectable academic accreditation world wide and whose graduates have performed in a consistently high manner in every academic and professional community they have graced. Guyanese have every right to be proud of this important local institution.
Despite the many challenges and setbacks over the years, the University of Guyana has remained committed to implementing changes that would meet the needs of the nation and its people. This commitment has been demonstrated largely through the undertaking of expansionary projects. One of the university’s most recent and significant undertaking was the formation of the Berbice campus. This relatively new campus, which became operational in 2000, was established with the intention of making university education more accessible to Berbicians, who previously endured the inconvenience of travelling to the Turkeyen Campus to pursue university studies.
In its early stages, the University of Guyana – Berbice Campus (UGBC) offered two-year undergraduate Certificate programme in Education (various options) and Diploma programmes in Accountancy, English, History, Marketing, Public Management and Social Work, Degree programmes were subsequently offered: the Degree in Agriculture and the Associate Degree in General Science (various options) were offered in the 2001 – 2002 academic year, and Degree in Public Management and Education as well as the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education were offered in the 2002-2003 academic year. The first graduation ceremony was held in November 2002 with a batch of ninety-three students.
In terms of facilities and educational resources, the Berbice campus has shown significant developments. The Computer Laboratory and the UGBC library, constructed in 2000, have both undergone structural expansion to accommodate more resources (computers and books) for the growing number of students. The teaching block, erected in April 2002 and comprising of fourteen classrooms was also designed to facilitate the increasing student population. Another noteworthy addition to the Berbice campus was the Johns Science Centre, opened in 2000 and located at the Johnsville Site.
In keeping with the spirit of development, lecturers have been instrumental in forming clubs that would promote students’ participation in extra-curricular activities. These clubs include the Sports Club, the Environmental Club and the UGBC Cultural Club. A hard court was completed in October 2008 to facilitate students’ involvement in sports.
The University of Guyana – Berbice Campus has played an elemental role in qualifying both Guyanese and foreign students, and with the assistance from the Turkeyen Campus, government and private organisations, alumni groups, and the Guyanese community, UGBC will continue to fulfill its obligation to produce intellectually competent men and women who will be of service to “the community, the nation and all mankind.”