Transforming the University of Guyana
University of Guyana – Strategic Plan 2009-2012
The University of Guyana’s 2009-2012 strategic plan is built on four (4) goals: Achieve higher quality teaching and learning aligned with expanded national needs, especially in science and technology; Improve institutional governance, administration and management by statutory and structural adjustments; Broaden the financial base of the university and enhance its ability to recruit and retain high quality staff, and Improve the teaching, learning and service environment. The plan, quite appropriately carries the theme – Advancing Management, Infrastructure and Quality (AMIQ).
Successful implementation of the strategic plan demands early provision of transformational funding to establish immediately a substantial project executing capacity.
The development of the University of Guyana along the lines defined in this strategic plan requires that it be funded at a level significantly above the current provisions. Guyana can afford a significant part of the requisite financing because of the value that investment in the University can add to the success of the plans of the government for the development of the country. However, a substantial part of the input must come from other sources at very early stages in the life of the plan. The University is not at present equipped in personnel capacity to manage such inputs and it is therefore an imperative that the first step in the execution of the plan must be the financing of a project execution capacity independent of the existing Bursary and linked to the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
The second requirement for the execution of the plan is strengthening the specific component of our collaboration with the University of the West Indies that deals with the improvement of the level of qualifications of staff at the UG. The Plan must be supported by specific allocations to allow staff development to be unfettered by the pressure of unadjusted workloads for members pursuing higher degrees. Supernumerary staff is a fundamental requirement for this development.
The third requirement for the success of the plan relates to quality assurance provisions. Within three months of the start date for the plan, the University will have a quality assurance manual to guide its management of its quality as an institution of higher education. The financial implications of implementing the provisions and processes proposed by the manual must be met without fail.
Meeting these three requirements will ensure that the initiatives articulated in the plan will achieve the goals with which they are associated. The collective provisions will provide the transformational injection that will allow the University to generate a developmental dynamic which will change its attractiveness for independent funding outside of the traditional government sources. Failure to meet these imperatives will condemn it to a protracted demise as an institution
The information in this article are from the U.G. Strategic Plan. Read the full document at the link below:-