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University of Guyana Hails the Historic Appointment of its first Envoy Extraordinaire Rt. Hon. UG RELEASE_Prof. David Lammy as British Foreign Secretary

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 11:34

University of Guyana Hails the Historic Appointment of its first Envoy Extraordinaire Rt. Hon. UG RELEASE_Prof. David Lammy as British Foreign Secretary

(In photo, from R-L): President Dr Mohamed IrfaanAli, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, University of Guyana’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Paloma Mohamed Martin, RtHon. David Lammyand Nicola Green at the University of Guyana to celebrate the inauguration of the Sophia Point Rainforest Research Centre in 2023.

The University of Guyana wishes to recognise the national and international significance of the appointment of the Rt. Hon. Prof David Lammyas Foreign Secretary in the newly- elected Keir Starmeradministration of the United Kingdom.

Throughout the years, The Rt. Hon. Professor David Lammyhas been a keen friend to the University, and within the last 5 years has served as the first Envoy Extraordinaire on the University of Guyana’s Council from 2019 to present.

University of Guyana Vice-Chancellor Professor Paloma Mohamed said: “The Rt. Hon. Professor David Lammyhas also been highly instrumental in various research endeavorswith the University particularly in the areas of sustainability and biodiversity. He has brought his keen dedication to education and human innovation. Of specific note he has brought his considerable legal prowess to matters of governance.”

University Chancellor Prof Edward Greene has also extended congratulations on behalf of the current UG Council. He said: “The University of Guyana has been distinctly honoured to have enjoyed Prof Lammy’sdistinguished presence and service to the academy.”

The entire University Community including students, faculty and staff, extend heartfelt congratulations to Foreign Secretary Lammy, the Hon. Prime Minister Keir Starmerand the entire new British Government within which he will creditably serve.

David Lammywas born on 19 July in 1972 in London, to Guyanese parents David and Rosalind Lammy. He and his four siblings were raised solely by his mother from age 12. He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, graduating in Law. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1994 at Lincoln's Inn. Lammywent on to study at Harvard University, where he became the first black Briton to attend Harvard Law School where he studied for a Master of Laws Degree and graduated in 1997. He is a Visiting Professor of Practice at SOAS. He has served as Minister for Culture at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and also as Minister for Higher Education in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

About The University of Guyana:

The University of Guyana, the national University of Guyana, now in its 60th year, was founded in October 1963, three years before Guyana became independent. “UG” as it is fondly referred to offers over 160 distinct programmes in over 60 disciplines from Certificates, Diplomas, Associate Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, and Master’s Degrees to Ph.D. s. These programmes are offered online, face-to-face or in blended formats. UG delivers through a Guyana-based system across eight campuses. This includes its 35-year-old community-based Institute for Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) and the second major campus at Tainin Berbicecelebrating its 25th anniversary in 2025. The University of Guyana’s student population is over 11,000.

Through its 8 academic divisions, including an accredited College of Medical Sciences, School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation and the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences which is ranked # 5 globally. “UG” has provided education, training and research for over 60,000 alumni over its 60-year history with significant national and global impact. Other faculties include the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the College of Behavioural Sciences and Research, the Faculty of Education and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The University is also home to 10 Research Institutes including the internationally important Centre for Biodiversity, the Institute for Food and Nutrition Security, the Institute for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Institute for Energy Diplomacy, the Green Institute, the Institute for Human Resiliency, Strategic Security and the Future, and the International Centre for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. The mission of the University of Guyana is to discover, generate, disseminate and apply knowledge of the highest standard for the advancement of communities, the nation, and mankind within an atmosphere of academic freedom, transparent accountability, pragmatic 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 the world. UG is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary with a renewed focus on becoming the leading teaching and research University in Guyana. Visit UG at