University of Guyana’s 2nd Diaspora Engagement Conference - Set for May 28th – June 1st , 2020: Investing in Guyana's Emerging Business, Indigenous, Women and Youth Leaders

2nd January, 2020 0 comments

Georgetown, Guyana, January 1, 2020 --: The University of Guyana is pleased to announce the dates for its  second  Diaspora conference which was rescheduled  in 2019. The new dates are  May 28th – June 1st     2020.  The theme will be  “Investing in Guyana’s Emerging Business, Indigenous, Women and Youth Leaders”. This theme has been chosen in recognition of the need for all Guyanese at home and abroad to work together with inclusion, tolerance and cooperation for national and regional growth and development. The University of Guyana remains committed to diaspora engagement and facilitating a positive enabling environment and discussion on ways in which Guyanese  can best work together to accomplish joint goals towards creating prosperity for all our people..

This conference will feature a mixture of academic and non-academic experiences and will host a number of panels, forums, roundtables and multimedia presentations on key thematic areas. 

To meet the challenge of Diaspora Engagement, and to ensure  the strategic integrity and sustainability of the University’s Diaspora project,  the University of Guyana has appointed Dr. Mellissa Ifill, Lecturer in History at the University of Guyana, and Dr. Wazir Mohamed, a member of the diaspora and Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University East, as Co-Chairs of the 2nd University of Guyana Diaspora Engagement Conference. In addition the following key individuals from UG and the Diaspora along with others still to be named will play key roles in the planning process for the conference: Gillian Williams (Toronto), Chet Bolling (Moscow), Lear Matthews (New York), Brandon Cheong (Toronto), Adeti DeJesus (Guyana), Mellissa Bess (UG), Arlene McLean (UG), Denise Braam (UG) and Ms. Leisa Somrah (UG). The University’s Transition Management Committee (TMC) will maintain oversight of the project. The TMC wishes to thank the new conference Coordinating Team for their sterling work over the last few months in ensuring an excellent event for 2020.

The University of Guyana also specifically values and welcomes the support from the diaspora, state and non-state actors,  government, the private sector, civil society, the public at home and abroad, and all stakeholders as it builds out the project of diaspora engagement . Since,  It is a well documented fact, that Diaspora engagement is one of the major building blocks for national development.

Submissions and Registrations will be accepted from January 30, 2020 at the University of Guyana’s Conferences website  and also on the Diaspora Conferences dedicated website

Email: ugdiasporaconfernces@uog,edu,gy  or call: 592-222-3583.


About the University of Guyana

The University of Guyana is Guyana’s sole national higher education institution. It was established in April 1963 with the following Mission: “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 that allows for free and critical enquiry.”

The University offers certificate, diploma, associate degree, undergraduate degree, graduate (post-graduate) degree, and professional degree programmes. These programmes are delivered through seven Faculties and one School, each of which is headed by a Dean: Agriculture and Forestry; Earth and Environmental Studies; Education and Humanities; Engineering and Technology, Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences.

More than 116 under-graduate and post-graduate programmes are available, including Computer Science, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Urban Planning and Management, Tourism Studies, Education, Creative Arts, Economics, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Supply Chain Management and Nursing. More information on the University of Guyana can be found at

CDC, UG partner to certify VERT Programme

18th March, 2019 0 comments

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the University of Guyana (UG), this afternoon, signed an agreement that will see volunteers from the Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) receiving an Introduction to Disaster Risk Management certificate from the University.

This signing, which was done by Director-General (Ag), CDC, Lieutenant Colonel, Kester Craig and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Engagement, UG, Professor Michael Scott, occurred at the conclusion of the launch of the VERT training programme for the first 41 volunteers held at Camp Madewini, Timehri which began on March 15. The CDC has started training a corps of volunteers in the area of disaster risk management to better augment its work should there be emergencies.

The three-day launch programme was done in collaboration with the UG, ExxonMobil and the Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Agency (CDEMA) with the aim of raising awareness of VERT programmes among volunteers and key partners, building capacity in core competency areas and building team spirit and morale among volunteers and key partners.

The Agreement will not only see volunteers receiving certificates at the completion of their training but will also allow for UG students to obtain internship opportunities at the CDC.

“This particular programme is more of an advanced programme where volunteers will be trained in detail disaster risk management and primarily to support the communities

and the regions but more importantly to support the Caribbean, responding to hurricanes and tsunamis in islands that are usually affected every year,” Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig said.

He disclosed that among the volunteers are doctors, lawyers, engineers, media workers and persons in technical professions.

Director-General (Ag) Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig (left) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Engagement, University of Guyana, Professor Michael Scott (right) exchange agreements following a simple signing ceremony this afternoon at Camp Madewini, Timehri.
Participants of the Voluntary Emergency Response Team (VERT) engaged during a period of their training session at Camp Madewini, Timehri, this afternoon.
Participants of the Voluntary Emergency Response Team (VERT) engaged during a period of their training session at Camp Madewini, Timehri, this afternoon.

The VERT training programme will last for one year during which time the volunteers will be exposed to both theoretical and practical training in damage assessment, search and rescue and oil spill response, to name a few.

“I want to commend and congratulate the leadership of the CDC and all the invaluable partners for their engagement in this process,” Professor Scott said while noting that the UG has started a process of constructing a contemporary model for voluntary assessment performance in emergency and risk management.

Among the goals, Professor Scott said is to focus on team building, risk assessment as well as to have practical activities.

Meanwhile, ExxonMobil’s Public and Government Affairs Officer, Ms. Deedra Moe said the United States (U.S.) oil giant will contribute financially and technically to the programme.

“We’re happy to be a part of this Volunteer Emergency Response Team both financially contributing and also using resources from our expertise in oil spill response to have a comprehensive response effort,” she said.
Participant Ms. Maxy Ignatius from the Potaro- Siparuni Region (Region Eight) said it is her desire to become a peer educator in her Region.

“It was very beneficial and I learnt a lot, things that I didn’t know and I look forward to learning more new things and being able to execute them. When I return to my village, I plan to keep sessions with the villages nearby and going to secondary schools and giving information on the things that I learnt,” Ms. Ignatius said.

The goal of the VERT programme is to reduce Guyana’s disaster risk through voluntary services. The training will begin on March 30, 2019 and will end on January 31, 2020. The CDC officially launched its Volunteer Corps in October 2012.



Renaissance Newsletter for October to December 2018 Edition

14th March, 2019 0 comments

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11th Renaissance Lecture - Organised Crime and Security in Guyana/the Region

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Keynote Address by the PVC and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland

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Welcome & Project Renaissance

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Press Secretary and Television Anchor Malika N. Ramsey sits with Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana Professor Ivelaw Griffith. The two discuss the new 2018/2019 Academic year and the continued developmental works on campus.


1st July, 2018 0 comments

Dear readers,

Welcome to Volume 3, No. 1 of Renaissance, the newsletter from The Office of the Vice-Chancellor in which we share all the latest activities and developments taking place at The University of Guyana.

It is said that change is the only constant in life, and this is certainly the case at the University. Many significant transformations are occurring at this great institution – just some of which are highlighted in this January/February edition.

One major step is the appointment of a new Council to oversee the effective management of University affairs. Another is the election of a new Pro-Chancellor. There is also growth in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, and
plans for a new library with modern amenities that will facilitate greater learning and research.

Other notable mentions include the Conversations on Law and Society series, a rare autobiography, the recent epilepsy-awareness forum, plus our annual Open/Career Day, track and field sporting events, and much more.

On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and staff of The University of Guyana, we invite you to follow the progress and achievements of the University through future editions of Renaissance, and to spread the word about these exciting developments.

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