The University of Guyana – Renaissance Magazine – September 30, 2016

Renaissance Office of the Vice-Chancellor, The University of Guyana

Renaissance Magazine – Vol. 1 No. 2, September 30, 2016

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UG RenaissanceCONTENTS:   

  • The VC Speaks ……………………….. 4
  • Editor’s note …………………………… 6
  • UG holds successful Renaissance in New York ……. 7
  • Induction of New UG Education Resource Ambassadors…… 8
  • Minister David Patterson pledges support to UG……. 9  
  • University of Guyana announces major administrative changes ………… 10  …  Michael Emanuel Scott, PhD – DVC of Academic Engagement; Barbara Reynolds, EdD – DVC of Planning and International Engagement;  Paloma Mohamed-Martin, PhD – DVC of Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement;  Fitzgerald Yaw, PhD – Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Vice-Chancellery;  Karen Wishart – Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
  • Have you seen this sculpture at Turkeyen? …………………12
  • IDCE as a brand of its own – the vision of the Institute, in the mind of Jacqueline Murray… 13
  • University of Guyana hosts Turkeyen and Tain Talks 2 – stakeholders discuss suicide in Guyana…14
  • George Talbot – Guyana’s son with an iron fist……… 16
  • Norman Munroe – Career Educator ……………18
  • Student of the Month – Alva Solomon ………..20
  • The University of Guyana to play key role in the 2016 Guyana Coconut Festival – revival of the industry……. 21
  • UG in Brief……..22
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  • guyaneseonline  On October 12, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Restoring the University of Guyana
    Stabroek News. Business Editorial – October 7, 2016

    Those who know even a little about the career of recently appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana Professor Ivelaw Griffith, may well be persuaded that he is what one might call ‘the right fit’ for the job as Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana. Nor is it a matter of hanging any unreasonable burdens of expectation around the Vice Chancellor’s neck so early into his tenure.
    For a start his curriculum vitae suggests that his experience in the world of academia includes, among other things, a considerable understanding of the administration of universities in developed as well as developing countries. No less pertinent is the fact that Professor Griffith is a Guyanese, his sojourn abroad notwithstanding, and has been in touch with the socio-political currents of the country of his birth so that he possesses more than a passing insight into the currents and challenges that apply at UG.
    He speaks about his perceived mission with the unfussiness of a man who understands not just the magnitude of the task but the dispositional posture that he must assume if he is to get the job done. In his recent one-on-one informal exchange with the Stabroek Business he articulated some of his critical maxims: like building a team at Turkeyen that is seized of his mission and has bought into it; building strong and reliable relationships of trust with a student body to which UG has not always been kind; dissolving what may have been a culture created over the years to the effect that free or even inexpensive university education is some sort of inherent right; marketing UG through the proliferation of memorabilia and mementos associated with university campuses across the world and working towards the delivery of a well-resourced UG, with government, the private sector and Guyanese seeking higher education paying their own respective fair shares. He believes, he says, that that is as it should be.
    As stated earlier in this editorial, without seeking to saddle Professor Griffith with the burden of exalted expectations associated with salvaging an institution that has been in a condition of decline for some time, it has to be said that he has a tough job ahead of him, so to speak, and he does not appear to be under any illusions about this. What has caught this newspaper’s eye—apart from the Vice Chancellor’s seeming grasp of the minutiae that comprises the sum total of his mission—is his clear identification of the critical partnerships that will be necessary if he is to succeed. The one that most catches the attention of the Stabroek Business is the envisaged relationship with the private sector which already appears to be underway. It is a relationship which not only emulates the pattern among universities the world over but one which fits in neatly with the local circumstance of scarce skills in the various critical sectors that are necessary for private sector development. Going forward, the extent of the private sector’s commitment to the creation of skills necessary to meet the demands of the various sectors will be measured in the extent to which it responds to Professor Griffith’s clearly stated intention to embrace the private sector as a key partner in the development of the university.
    The idea of a School of Business at UG, for example, will, presumably, be shaped in large measure, by the perceived needs of the local business sector and will depend on the various forms of support which business houses can lend to the effort. That will, hopefully, begin to provide a response to what influential business executives have told this newspaper is the biggest single challenge confronting the private sector, a shortage of skills.
    Here, curriculum considerations are also likely to seek to respond to the needs of a growing small business sector in which there appears to be a marked disparity between persons desirous making modest sorties into the world of business and those possessing the requisite skills and qualifications to do so. Here, it is a matter of UG being directly relevant to an important societal need. What Vice Chancellor Griffith—at least based on his discourse with the Stabroek Business—clearly does not overlook, is the responsibility of reaching out to audiences beyond the immediate university community, through the established media channels and through those, formal and informal, which he says he intends to press into service.
    A greater openness in the relationship between the university and the society as a whole is what he appears to envisage going forward. It is an approach that is, to say the least,encouraging.

  • guyaneseonline  On November 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Below is an article below that was published in November 20th’s edition of Kaieteur News.
    Consumer Concerns…Supporting Prof Griffith’s UG renaissance will create a unified and modern nation

    by PAT DIAL
    Nov 20, 2016 Kaieteur News
    The University of Guyana has always been a major concern of consumers and the public in general. Most parents would wish their children to attend the University and most children try for as good grades as they could at the CXC Examinations so as to satisfy the University entrance requirements.
    But despite this desire to attend the University, the institution has been negatively criticized from every angle over the last several years and many felt its decline could never be reversed and that it would never reach world standards.

    At this point, like a sudden flash of lightening in a very dark sky, Professor Ivelaw Griffith was appointed Vice Chancellor. Prof Griffith is a Guyanese who was among the earlier graduates of the University of Guyana and from UG he went on the United States where he entered American Academia.

    In American Academia, he won its highest awards and served in very important academic positions both as an administrator and teacher. Professor Griffith was what is usually termed “a very successful American” and could have spent the rest of his life in that great country like so many other successful Guyanese.

    But Prof Griffith never forgot his homeland and at much personal sacrifice returned to Guyana to give back something to his Alma Mater and to the land of his birth. For this, Guyanese people are grateful.

    From the very first month of his service as Vice Chancellor, he injected a spirit of enthusiasm and hope into the University community which many had thought to be inert. The university began to “buzz”, something it had not done for a long time.

    Prof Griffith was full of ideas and plans all aimed to make the University a world-class institution; to raise the academic standards of both students and staff; to develop closer relations with the best academic institutions abroad; to have the University positively contributing to the economic and social life of Guyana and to encourage individual students to engage themselves in programmes for the betterment of community life.

    In an article of limited size, it would be impossible to deal with the many plans and ideas which he has adumbrated since he became Chief Executive Officer of the University. The launching of the public lecture series after being VC for just a few months, characterizes the imagination and drive of the man.

    The first lecture in the series was on Brexit in which members of the Diplomatic Corps participated and brought back to Georgetown an enjoyable and creative intellectual life which had completely disappeared for many decades.

    The most recent lecture in the series took place on 15th November last and was on the implications of the American elections on Guyana and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. The panel of lecturers included Mr Dormeous of the OAS and Mr Pierre Giroux, High Commissioner of Canada, two accomplished diplomats, the Vice Chancellor himself and the Deputy Vice Chancellor. The discussions were of the highest levels.

    In addressing the many problems of the University, one of Prof Griffith’s earliest statements was to reject any political interference in the University. This position was very popular among the University community and in the country as a whole.

    Another innovation is his re-affiliation of the alumni of the University. Such a programme would benefit not only the University but the country as a whole and many UG graduates in various foreign countries have again begun to think of their Alma Mater and their homeland in positive terms.

    He has also began working to raise the quality of the teaching staff by a variety of methods which include further exposure and training of the present staff and trying to get distinguished academics from various foreign universities to teach at the University.

    He has been stressing Research since so little research has been done and so very few papers published at the University. This deficiency has no reflection on the quality of our graduates since many UG graduates at foreign universities have produced notable and important work in various disciplines.

    He has aspirations and realistic plans of making a richer student life as well as improving the University’s infrastructure. All of these aspirations and plans have been encapsulated in the term “UG Renaissance” which will unfold themselves in due course.

    Prof Griffith is working for the uplifting of the social, economic and political life of the nation and making Guyana a more unified country subsuming all its various brands of divisiveness and allowing optimism be again restored to the Guyanese psyche. In our own individual and collective interests, we need to give Prof Griffith our fullest support, understanding and cooperation.

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