Former UWI Vice Chancellor nominated to be UG Chancellor

Professor E. Nigel Harris and Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine -Minister of Education
Professor E. Nigel Harris and Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine -Minister of Education

[] – The Government of Guyana has nominated former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) for the post of Chancellor of the University of Guyana.

According to a press statement from the Ministry of Education, the government will move to have Professor E. Nigel Harris nominated through its representative on the Council to serve as Chancellor of the University of Guyana.

According to the release, while he was Vice Chancellor at UWI, he sent several teams to UG to assist in areas such as Strategic Planning, updating the Library and ICT system, an audit of UG’s finances, restructuring the Human Resource Department, and curriculum reform. UWI also collaborated with UG to win grants from the Europe Union and to deliver a few postgraduate programmes.

Professor Harris served as Vice Chancellor UWI from 2004 to 2015. Prior to serving as VC at UWI, he was Dean and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He has held several leadership posts including Chairman of CXC (2006 -2014), Chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (2011-2013), and he is currently President of the Caribbean Association of Universities,Colleges and Institutes (UNICA) and administrative board member of the International Association of Universities (IAU) –a consortium of over 600 universities around the world.

He is also a rheumatologist who is best known academically for identifying with collaborators a disorder called the Antiphospholipid Syndrome and for developing the test for its diagnosis – he has published extensively on these subjects.


  1. For years I have been searching for a Rheumatologist in Guyana…..are there any? This may be a dream coming through but not in the medical services. at least getting closer to home perhaps he can offer advice or share his knowledge


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