UG to set up Task Force to address “chronic” problems

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 November 2015, 21:38 by GxMedia

Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Nigel Harris addressing the instiution’s 49th Convocation.

University of Guyana Chancellor, Professor Nigel. Harris on Saturday announced a task force would be established to help find lasting solutions to some of the deep-seated problems facing the tertiary institution

Addressing the 49th Convocation of the institution, he said the decision was made by the Council, the highest decision-making body to assist in “decisively ” addressing some of the “challenges.”

“To this end Council approved yesterday (Friday) the creation of a UG Transformation Task Force that will work with all sectors of our nation to devise a credible plan to address some of the chronic governance and resource problems we face,” he told the attendees.

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The Chancellor pointed out that UG is not a government or  management responsibility alone ‎ “It is critical that all sectors of our nation re-engage more to carry this institution to the next level for our sake and for the sake of generations to come,” he said.

Professor Harris praised outgoing Vice Chancellor‎, Professor Jaocob Opadeyi for several achievements including strengthening financial accountability and management systems of UG, reducing the institution’s deficit by negotiating additional funding, facilitating the promotion of a number of faculty members while working to ensure that a greater percentage of academic staff has higher degrees., and enhancing linkages with the Private sectorl

Opadeyi was also credited by Harris for his major role in managing the World Bank-funded UG Technology Support project which he hoped would help transform science and technology and Engineering education at the instititution.