President David Granger and Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira to speak at the UG inaugural Diaspora Engagement Conference
The University of Guyana (UG) will host the historic inaugural Diaspora Engagement Conference (DEC 2017) from July 23 to 28, 2017, at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, under the theme: Dreaming Diaspora Engagement, Doing Diaspora Engagement. The Conference is expected to attract over one hundred participants from within and outside Guyana.
His Excellency President David Granger will host the Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 23 and deliver the keynote address to declare the conference open on Monday, July 24, 2017, while the Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Gail Teixeira, will deliver the luncheon address on Tuesday, July 25. Additionally, several government ministers, including those for Business, Public Telecommunications, Finance, and Public Health, have confirmed their participation. Video messages also will be coming from Baroness Valerie Amos, director of the School of Oriental and African Studies in the UK, and Ms Gina Miller, founding partner of Spencer Churchill Miller (SCM) Direct, of Brexit fame.
Additionally, Mr Glen Khan, Chairman of LAPARKAN; Mr David Lammy, British MP; and Mexican Ambassador to Guyana Mr Ivan Roberto Sierra Medel will speak at the conference, along with 40 other keynote speakers and presenters. The Indian High Commission will also share India’s experience in engaging its Diaspora. Guyanese businessmen, academics, and civic leaders scheduled to speak and chair sessions at the conference will be coming from the United States of America, Nigeria, the British Virgin Islands, the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, and Russia. They will join local civic and business leaders, government officials, diplomats, and academics in discussions on the various panels, the ministerial roundtables, and the business dinner.
Hosted by the University of Guyana with planning input from local and Diaspora stakeholders, DEC 2017 is organised around two overarching pillars: human, social and entrepreneurship development, and Diaspora philanthropy, diplomacy, and educational engagement. It is expected to provide the platform for developing a diaspora engagement strategy to inform the work of the first Caribbean Diaspora Engagement Center. The launch of the Center is expected to be a major highlight of the six-day conference. According to UG’s Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, “the conference will contribute to the development of a mechanism to effectively attract diaspora social and economic investment and engage the diaspora in educational and economic development.”
Brain-child of the Vice-Chancellor, the conference has several components, including academic and policy conversations, community engagement, a Know Guyana Day where local and international attendees will have an opportunity to make day visits to various parts of the country, and the second meeting of UG’s Education Resource Ambassadors. The academic conversations will focus on issues such as international and regional migration policies and experiences, cultural identity dynamics, financial transfers and remittances, role and contribution of hometown associations, diaspora trade and investments, and tourism.
The historic event will end on Friday, July 28 with two highlights. The first is the Investiture of Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith as UG’s Tenth Vice-Chancellor, the first time a UG Vice-Chancellor will be officially installed as Chief Executive and Chief Academic Officer. The second highlight will be a cultural extravaganza that will be free of cost to conference registrants. The extravaganza is being organised by London-based music icon Mr Keith Waite, and it will spotlight Guyana’s rich cultural diversity at home and abroad. Performers will be coming from Ghana and the UK, and Mr Waithe will be returning to Guyana to serve a second stint as Visiting Distinguished Artiste-in-Residence at the University.
The period for submission of abstracts has ended. Registration, however, is still open, and can be done online at http://diasporaconference.uog.edu.gy/. Conference participants in Guyana can pay for their registration at Citizen’s Bank locations and at the Bursary at the Turkeyen or the Tain campus. Persons registering now will catch the ‘Early Bird’ rate, which ends on July 1.
The university appreciates the sponsorship received so far from LAPARKAN, Movie Towne, the Ministry of the Presidency, Fly Jamaica, the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, Caribbean Airlines, Roraima Airways, Metro, Republic Bank, GBTI, ENetworks, Slingshot, Go-Invest, the Ministries of Business and Public Telecommunications, E.C. Vieira Investments Ltd. Guyana, and the Guyana Tourism Authority.
For more information contact:
Dr Fitzgerald (Gerry) Yaw
Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives
The University of Guyana
Tel: 592 222 8063
Mr Wayne Forde
Florida-based member of the Conference Planning Committee
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 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.
Public Relations Division
June 22, 2017
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UG hosted Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Renaissance Lecture and signed MoU with London South Bank University, UK
Professor David Phoenix, O.B.E., Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University and Professor Jaipaul Singh of the University of Central Lancashire, were recent guests of Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith of The University of Guyana (UG). The purpose of the visit was to further discuss and agree on areas for collaboration between London South Bank University and the University of Guyana, and agree on a way forward for the UK Champions Support Group for UG. The latter is an informal network of senior university executives committed to supporting UG, chaired by Professor Phoenix.
The visitors engaged the Committee of Deans on collaboration for research and teaching-learning enhancement. Areas identified for collaboration are agriculture, bio-diversity, the health sciences, humanities and the soon-to-be-established School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at UG. Meetings were held with students and faculty/staff at the University’s Institute for Distance and Continuing Education in New Amsterdam and the Berbice Campus at Tain, Corentyne.
The party also held discussions with the Hon. Dr Rupert Roopnarine, Minister of Education, H.E. Mr Greg Quinn, the British High Commissioner, and had a working lunch with civic leaders of New Amsterdam and Regions 5 and 6 at State House in New Amsterdam. The opportunity was taken to share developments at UG and further strengthen support for the University’s renaissance.
One highlight of the visit was the Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Renaissance Lecture, held at the Turkeyen Campus on February 2. Professor Phoenix spoke on “The Importance of the Entrepreneurial University for Nation-Building”, an issue that is a priority for the University’s Administration as it seeks to broaden its funding base beyond the government subvention and tuition/fees to include planned giving, merchandising, public-private partnerships, investments, grants and contracts. Grounded in his experience in a similar revitalisation of LSBU since he assumed office three years ago, Professor Phoenix’s ideas were deeply philosophical, informed by the latest research and most importantly practical, helping the audience to assess and analyse UG’s position.
Following the lecture, the two Vice-Chancellors took the opportunity to sign an agreement indicating their intention to work quickly to define specific implementation plans for the areas discussed. Vice- Chancellor Phoenix was also presented with the first University of Guyana Champion Award by Vice- Chancellor Griffith, for his continued interest in and support for UG and for his exemplary engagement in aiding the renaissance of the University of Guyana.
Meanwhile, the second Vice Chancellor's Lecture is scheduled for March 16. It will be delivered by Mr Ian Randle, Chairman of the Jamaica-based Ian Randle Publishers (IRP) on the subject "The Publishing Pillar of the Renaissance Bridge: Why, What, How". The Lecture will also provide the occasion for Mr Randle and Vice-Chancellor Griffith to sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a UG Press as an imprint of IRP. Pursuit of the UG Press is an integral part of Vice-Chancellor Griffith's efforts to stimulate and support research and scholarship at UG. Another key initiative in this respect is the recent establishment of the Vice-Chancellor's Research Support Fund, with GUY $1 million from private fund- raising.
About Professor David Andrew Phoenix
Professor David Andrew Phoenix, O.B.E., DL, DUniv, FAcSS, DSc is the Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University, Chair of million+, and a member of the HEFCE Strategic Committee for Teaching Quality and the Student Experience. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for his contribution to medical research and education and recognized as an Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences for his work in areas linked to educational policy. He currently represents Universities UK on the UK Performance Indicator Steering Group.
In 2015 the prime minister appointed him as a trustee of the Science Museum Group. He is also a trustee of Universities UK and a Director of National Centre for Universities and Business. With over 250 publications, Professor Phoenix remains a visiting professor at Kings College London and Sichuan University, China, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Society of Biology, The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and the Royal Society of Medicine. Through these later bodies he has engaged in a range of discussions regarding the skills agenda, especially related to employer requirements. In 2010 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Science and Higher Education and appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2015.
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.
Public Relations Division,
February 3, 2017.
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