UG Responds to Unfactual Article on Rodney Chair - Was not awarded in 6 years, still not awarded

12th September, 2022 0 comments

Following an unfactual article printed and circulated today (Monday, September 12, 2022), in a section of the local press by Mr. Freddie Kissoon on the award of the Rodney Chair, the University of Guyana wishes to categorically state that the Rodney Chair has not been awarded to anyone. 

In fact, the Chair has not been awarded for over 6 years due to a lack of funding. The University has referred the offending article to its legal team since it is the third such unfactual publication about the University by the same author in three months and seems to be following an intentionally malicious and defamatory pattern.

The University's Public Relations team and the Department of the Events, Conferences and Communication (DECC) are easily accessible for fact checks. Therefore, such grossly misleading publications are avoidable.

The University once again urges the responsible and ethical practice of journalism especially amongst those of long standing in the best interest of all. 



The University of Guyana now in its 59th year was founded in October 1963.  “UG” as it is fondly referred to offers 150 programmes in over 60 disciplines in online, face-to-face or blended formats. UG delivers in a Guyana based system across eight campuses. It is the largest, oldest, most advanced and only state University in Guyana with a student population of over 10,000 “UG” has provided education, training and research for over 50,000 alumni over its 59-year history UG’s national and global impact and footprint is significant. Its graduates have risen to populate the commanding heights of national, regional and international organizations of repute in over 150 different disciplines. The mission of the University is to discover, generate, disseminate and apply knowledge of the highest standard for the service of the community, the nation, and of all mankind within an atmosphere of academic freedom, innovation and universal respect. 

UG's forward-thinking Blueprint 2040 is currently setting the course for the University's future design and institutional response to the changing needs of Guyana, the region and world. UG will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2023 and is stepping up its focus on becoming one of the leading and most sought-after educational institutions in the world for both staff and student



Ms Krest Cummings

Public Relations Officer

Department of Events Conferences and Communications (DECC) 592-623-5104

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