– addition of a Linden Campus being considered
On July 7, 2017 a cocktail reception at Duke Lodge, Kingston, Georgetown, will see the launch of the University of Guyana [UG]’s School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. The University is getting support from Mexico for this venture.
According to Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith, the realisation of that School came out of a feasibility study. But this is only one of the ventures that Professor Griffith has detailed within an elaborate renaissance plan for the national university.
Yesterday during an interview with this publication he revealed that next year he will be commissioning yet another feasibility study that is likely to see another addition to UG’s scope. He was at the time making reference to the possible introduction of a School of Energy and Mines.
The introduction of such a School, Professor Griffith said, comes in anticipation of a thriving oil and gas sector. But according to him, “that School will not only look at oil and gas but it will also look at energy and mining.”
He continued, “We have a whole lot of mining stuff in this country, but we don’t have sufficient instruction or sufficient research. We have bauxite mining, we have gold, diamond, we have manganese, we even have uranium in this country, but we don’t have, as a national university, the kind of intentional structured effort to teach adequately and to research and develop and to policy-advise.”
According to Professor Griffith, already there have been a lot of expressions of interest of support for this programme.
“Even as recent I was in Houston, Texas…the Director of International Programmes [of Louisiana State University (LSU)] drove down from Baton Rouge to meet me in Houston to talk about ways LSU can be helpful. Louisiana State University is big on energy,” related the Vice Chancellor.
Among the other forthcoming potential partnerships are from South Africa and Russia which have facilities that are also big on energy, and then there is Colorado School of Mines that is also willing to lend support. As such Professor Griffith noted that “for the future I am committed to doing a feasibility study to see how we can enhance what we have here. But I also know that what we have here is not going to be enough”.
Moreover, the Vice Chancellor pointed out that in order for a national university such as UG to serve the nation adequately, “we have to grow beyond this campus…we need to grow beyond Turkeyen and Tain.”
He noted that “my initial thinking of the School of Energy and Mines is that it should be at Linden [Region 10]. We need to have a campus in Linden where we can have the proximity and some of the facilities already about mining.”
Professor Griffith said that he will ask the feasibility team to not only look at how this could be possible, but where this could be done. “It can’t be here [Turkeyen]. We can’t keep adding stuff to Turkeyen, because we have a lot of infrastructural problems that need fixing,” the Vice Chancellor said.
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