The University of Guyana Science and Technology Support (UG STS) Project is based on a Loan from the International Development Association (World Bank) to the equivalent of US$ 10 million. The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the University of Guyana would execute the project over a five years period (2012 to 2017).
The objective of the Project is to strengthen the four (4) science and technology faculties at the University of Guyana (Faculties of Agriculture & Forestry, Natural Sciences and Technology and the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences) through: curriculum reviews, research to support Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy, improved infrastructure, and capacity building. To this effect, interventions will be made in three broad areas as follows:
This intendeds to support science curriculum reform through technical assistance on curriculum reform, instructional design and science content. This component will also provide research grants for work supportive of the LCDS. [Approximately US$1.5m]
This is aimed at rehabilitation and improvement of existing science laboratory buildings of four faculties; improvement of campus-wide drainage at Turkeyen; provision of scientific and multimedia equipment aimed to deliver practical science teaching and research; the establishment of a campus wide internet network within UG to connect its faculties and libraries to the internet and to prepare UG to connect it into an international link including, inter alia, the development of software applications, e-learning tools and digital content repositories to support the curriculum reform process. [Approximately US$5.5m]
This will include capacity to deal with curricular supervision, information and communication technology, environmental and social management, monitoring, evaluation and facilities management; strategic business planning; preparation of studies related to the creation of a biodiversity institute, a research and innovation fund and business development unit and an assessment of existing human resources.[Approximately US$1.5m].
In significant measure, this credit can ameliorate the quality of students’ experiences at UG as well as the productivity of staff in areas related to science and technology. It also provides an impetus for the University to progress rapidly in the development of the international centre for biodiversity research and low carbon development earmarked for funding under the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF).