Renaissance Vol. 2 No. 3

18th April, 2017 0 comments

The collaboration between the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS) of The University of Guyana brings to you this Volume 2: No. 3 edition of Renaissance, a monthly newsletter. Renaissance is the Vice-Chancellor’s medium of sharing with you our University’s developments.

The month of March was filled with activities held in observance of International Women’s Day. Ms Audrey Benn, Lecturer in the Women Studies Unit has written an important message on the importance of celebrating women and our own Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Engagement), Dr Michael Scott shared an impacting poem, both of which we hope you will reflect on.

In this edition you will also read about a number of lecture series hosted by UG: Turkeyen and Tain Talks VI and the VC’s Renaissance Lecture Series II.

UG recently launched its very own press as a publishing arm in collaboration with Ian Randle of Jamaica’s Ian Randle Publishers. This is truly an historic move by our University. The Renaissance team had an opportunity to profile the new Director of the Centre for Biodiversity, Dr Gyanpriya Maharaj.

Additionally, in March the winners of the Turkeyen campus’ Open/Career Day were announced. We congratulate the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences on winning the first place, Vice-Chancellor’s Cup in this event.

Our alumni around the world have certainly made us proud. We feature in this edition of Renaissance the story of Ms Sonnel David-Longe’s 2017 Ridding Reading Prize from the Girton College of the University of Cambridge in the UK.

As you read, be inspired to join us as we celebrate UG’s Renaissance!


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Renaissance Vol. 2 No. 1 & 2

27th February, 2017 0 comments

The collaboration between the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS) of The University of Guyana brings to you this Volume 2: Nos. 1 and 2 editions of Renaissance, a monthly newsletter. Renaissance is the Vice-Chancellor’s medium of sharing with you our University’s developments. 

In this edition we acknowledge the re-opening of the University for Academic Year 2016/2017 Semester II. As we approach the end of the h week of classes we hope students are settled and in full working stride, to have a productive and successful semester. 

Some of the new developments at UG include: an MOU signed with London South Bank University; a contract with the Ministry of Public Security’s Citizen Security Strengthening Programme and the Inaugural Diaspora Engagement Conference to be held in Guyana.

Earlier this year a number of UG students and a few staff were affected by an apartment fire. We commend the University’s administration for their support to those affected. 

The Renaissance team had an opportunity to profile visiting Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of the London South Bank University and Dr Penny Sibert, Guyanese Fellow at Nottingham University. We hope you enjoy reading their stories. 

Additionally, in February all Faculties participated in UG’s Open Career Day, showcasing students’ work, existing programs and new programs envisioned for the future. We thank all those hard working and dedicated staff and volunteer students for long hours spent in preparation for thousands of people who visited Turkeyen Campus on Career Day. 

As you read, be inspired to join us as we celebrate UG’s Renaissance


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UG hosted Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Renaissance Lecture and signed MoU with London South Bank University, UK

10th February, 2017 0 comments

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.

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February 3, 2017.


Renaissance Vol. 1 No. 5

2nd February, 2017 0 comments

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore

As we approach the dusk of one year and the dawn of another and for those of us who follow the Gregorian Cal- endar that was introduced in 1582, the month of December occasions both retrospection and prospection. This dual engagement is even more important when December marks a milestone of some kind in one’s personal or professional pursuits. Mine is such a case, as December (14) 2016 marks the completion of my first six months as the Tenth Vice Chancellor and Principal of The University of Guyana.

The UG to which I returned after my student sojourn during the 1970s was one that faced—and is facing—resource, esteem, and perspicacity stormy seas due to prolonged institutional neglect. Mindful of Tagore’s prescient proposi- tion, I have embarked on the building of a Renaissance Bridge to cross our stormy seas, rather than to stand and stare. That this is a herculean task is an understatement; we have been having to offer financial and psychological life jackets to some,while providing others with canoes of hope, both to avoid drowning and to get a glimpse of the land ahoy. All this is being done while assembling and positioning the human, financial, and physical infrastructure to build the bridge. Put differently, we have been having to ride the bicycle with all its imperfections while fixing it, something I anticipate we shall need to do for a while.

From the outset, I sensed that the Renaissance Bridge requires four foundational pillars: Capital Investment, Aca- demic Enhancement, Economic Viability, and Alumni Engagement. Moreover, these must be tackled simultane- ously. We began doing this from Day I, with passion and purpose, facing and fixing, facilitating conversations that are uncomfortable to some and making decisions about which some colleagues are curious and others are critical. There have been many frustrations and challenges, some beyond the perimeters of Turkeyen and Tain, and it would be foolhardy of me not to expect more of these challenges in the future. However, I also have benefited from wonderful goodwill and support, which contributed to many notable achievements, some of which are highlighted later in this newsletter. Indeed, Renaissance is one of those achievements.

Permit me to take the opportunity here to thank the many individuals, groups, and companies within Guyana and in the Diaspora for the moral and material support provided so far. I anticipate needing to elicit more assistance in 2017 as we continue navigating our stormy seas and building our Renaissance Bridge. Special appreciation is extended to my loving wife, Francille, our children and other family members for their noted sacrifice and invalu- able support in allowing me to be away from the family as I make a needed contribution to my native land. Thanks, too, to the many friends within and outside Guyana for their advice, encouragement, and support. As I look toward the dawn of a new year, I ask that we stay the course in building our Renaissance Bridge.

Best wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season as we keep on keeping on! 

 

Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, B. Soc. Sci., MA, MPhil, Ph.D.
Tenth Principal and Vice Chancellor 


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Renaissance Vol. 1 No. 4

30th November, 2016 0 comments

The collaboration between the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS) of The University of Guyana brings to you this fourth edition of Renaissance, a monthly newsletter. Renaissance is the Vice-Chancellor’s medium of sharing with you the developments and the areas of interest that need to be celebrated at our University. 

As Guyana celebrates its Golden Jubilee Independence, it is quite fitting the country’s most prestigious, tertiary institution celebrates its 50th Anniversary Convocation exercise. Dr Vincent Adams, Guyanese born, engineering giant working in the US Department of Energy, delivered the feature address at Turkeyen’s Jubilee Graduation.

Our Berbice Campus also hosted its graduation exercise, with feature speaker Professor Jaipaul Singh. 

We hope you enjoy reading both addresses to the UG 2016 Graduates. 

Renaissance’s entire publication team congratulates all our deserving 2016 graduates. Because of your personal commitment to success, you are a part of this celebratory Convocation 50th Anniversary Year. Endeavour to become far greater than any circumstance challenging your future success. 

Graduates, we hope you become impassioned in your respective fields. Be motivated as you read of the UG Computer Science Graduates who won this year’s, first ever, Hackathon.

Renaissance has expanded to include articles featuring our sister campus in Berbice. Feel proud with us as you read of the students’ and lecturer’s accomplishments. 

Most of these stories are creations of our CCS student interns attached to the publication. 

CCS is involved in training students in the art of print, radio, television and online journalism; public relations; communication research, and consultancy. 

As you read, be inspired to join us as we celebrate with pride... UG’s Renaissance!


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Renaissance Vol. 1 No. 3

30th October, 2016 0 comments

Thee collaboration between the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS) of The University of Guyana brings to you this third edition of Renaissance, a monthly newsletter. Renaissance is the Vice-Chancellor’s medium of sharing with you our University’s developments. 

In this edition of Renaissance, we hope you feel as proud of our graduates’ and lecturers’ achievements as we do. The University of Guyana (UG) participated in this year’s 13th Annual CANQATE Conference, which consisted of three days of seminars, panel discussions, and cultural activities. The conference covered a wide spectrum of quality assurance matters related to the issues of sustainability and development in the Caribbean region. 

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Emanuel Cummings, and Medical Director, Dr Ronald Aaron, participated in the Beyond Flexner Conference in Miami, Florida. Equally impressive is Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mr Calvin Bernard’s participation in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

As Guyana celebrates its 50th year of Independence, it is quite fitting the country’s most prestigious, tertiary institution celebrates its 50th Anniversary Convocation exercise. This year’s graduation exercise is scheduled to be very special, with the feature address being delivered by Dr Vincent Adams, Guyanese born, engineering giant working in the US Department of Energy. 

All these stories and more are creations of our CCS student interns attached to the publication. CCS is involved in training students in the art of print, radio, television and online journalism; public relations; communication research, and consultancy. 

As you read, be inspired to join us as we celebrate UG’s Renaissance


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Renaissance Vol. 1 No. 2

30th September, 2016 0 comments

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) presents to you the second edition of Renaissance, a monthly newsletter. Renaissance is the Vice-Chancellor’s medium of sharing with you our University’s developments.

This second edition focuses on the University’s strategic participation in fostering the national development agenda and our administrative changes. Additionally, you will be fascinated by the heights which our alumni have achieved. 

The Vice-Chancellor’s vision is for the University, the nation’s most prestigious tertiary institution, to become more resourceful and active. e collaboration between the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS) of the University of Guyana seemed natural. 

CCS is involved in training students in the art of print, radio, television, and online journalism; public relations; communication research, and consultancy. Most of the articles in this edition are creations of our student interns attached to the publication. 

As you read, be inspired to join us as we celebrate UG’s Renaissance


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Renaissance Vol. 1 No. 1

29th August, 2016 0 comments

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) is pleased to share with you this first edition of Renaissance, a monthly publication that captures various facets of development surrounding the nation’s premier tertiary institution. 

In this edition we bring you retrospective and progressive perspectives from national and international contributors who are all alums and friends of UG. 

Renaissance takes you on a journey with footprints of the road travelled, pebbles picked up along the smooth but sometimes tumultuous terrain, and visions yet to be realised as we move through unchartered waters. Under new captaincy, the ship, UG, has set its sails steadily, resolutely, toward an onward, upward journey. 

For our next edition we invite you to submit news items, short articles, poems and high resolution pictures of activities related to the national agenda and consistent with the development trajectory of UG. Share with us how UG has contributed to building industry and livelihoods for citizens both at home and abroad. 

Our email address is vicechancellor@uog.edu.gy. Do share Renaissance with at least ten of your friends and send us their email contacts to facilitate direct mailing of future editions. We thank you for being part of this transformative initiative. 

Read, reflect and be inspired to join in the Renaissance

 


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