UG has commenced consultations on the proposed School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation

The University of Guyana (UG) has commenced a three-day outreach to several Administrative Regions in Guyana to share the draft report of the feasibility team commissioned to look into the establishment of a School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI) at the university. The public is invited to attend these sessions to hear more about this initiative and share their opinions/suggestions.

The objectives of the activity are to  share with business, civic, and academic stakeholders the findings of the report of the Feasibility Study Team appointed to enable The University of Guyana to establish a School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI) and get feedback on the report; set the stage for tangible partnerships between the University and the business and civic communities, in order to develop and sustain industry-needed and nationally-relevant entrepreneurship and business education programmes; and begin the marketing of the SEBI initiative and extend the marketing and branding of the University overall.

The outreach team is comprised of several experts and stakeholders including Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith, Dr Edward Davis, Dean, School of Business, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia; Dr Leyland Lucas, Associate Professor of Business, Morgan State University, MD, USA;  Dr. Patrick Liverpool, Retired Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, MD, USA; Mr Eric Phillips, Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Guyana, and Advisor on Sustainable Development, Ministry of the Presidency,; Deputy Director of the Berbice Campus Paulette Henry and Lecturer Dr Rishi Takur; Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Hector Edwards and Assistant Dean Diana Gobin; and Head of Department of Management Hugh Todd.

According to Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith, "SEBI is one of the key components of the Renaissance of our university. It will not only transform the educational enterprise of the university, but facilitate an educational and economic transformation of our nation.” He further stated that, “after listening to and learning from the business and civic stakeholders, the team will submit its final report to me early next month, to enable me to have further discussions at the university and then submit a proposal to the University Council at the end of March."

The first session was held on Monday, February 20, at the City Inn, Corriverton, Berbice at 11:00 h, followed by a consultation at 15:00 h at The University of Guyana Berbice Campus Auditorium, Tain, Corentyne, Berbice.

The Anna Regina outreach was held on Tuesday, February 21, from 11:00 h at the Regional Executive Office Board Room, Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast.

While on Wednesday, February 22, at 10:00 h, the outreach was held at the Linden Enterprise Network. And in the afternoon, this first phase of the outreach  will conclude in Georgetown at 17: 00 h, at the Herdmanston Lodge, 65 Peter Rose & Anira Street, Queenstown, Georgetown. The session will be chaired by Mr Gerry Gouevia, Chairman and CEO of Roraima Airways.

A consultation session is planned for the Turkeyen Campus during Phase II of the outreach to be held in March.

 

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UG IN BRIEF

With a current enrollment of some 8,000 students, The University of Guyana (UG) has graduated more than 20,000 students who have gone on to successful careers locally, regionally and internationally. The University is also a major contributor to the national economy and to business and industry. Established in 1963 on a part-time basis with shared space at Queens College, UG moved to its own campus at Turkeyen in 1970 and expanded in 2000 with the addition of the Tain Campus. It now offers more than 60 Under-graduate and Post-graduate Programmes including the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Urban Planning and Management, Tourism Studies, Education, Creative Arts, Economics, Law, Medicine, Optometry and Nursing. Several online programmes are available and The UG also offers extra-mural classes at four locations through its Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE). The UG also offers the opportunity for student engagement in debating, sports, and cultural, religious and professional activities.

 

For more information contact:

Dr Fitzgerald (Gerry) Yaw

Director

Office of Strategic Initiatives

The University of Guyana

Cell: 592 623 0251

E-mail: ugdiaspora@uog.edu.gy

 

Public Relations Division

February 20, 2017 

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