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

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.