By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Texila American University is slated open another medical campus in Guyana that will accommodate more than 1600 students at Providence, East Bank Demerara.
At the sod turning ceremony on Monday, April 27to mark the commencement of construction of the state of the art medical campus, President Donald Ramotar unveiled the site’s billboard which reveals the details of the modern architectural structure of the campus.
The President in his feature address noted that this foreign direct investment is testimony of international investors’ confidence in the local economy. He believes that the most important investment a country can make is in its human capital.
According to the President, with the quality of education that Texila is offering, Guyana has seen an influx of overseas students which will in turn help to lift the country’s status.
“We will do all we can to facilitate this rapid development, so that we can become known right across the world as a country that is strong in producing quality students…that will take our names aboard when they go back to their own homes or countries, or wherever else they might venter in life and they will remember Guyana and become our ambassadors as well,” the President said.
Meanwhile, Housing Minister, Irfaan Ali spoke about the location chosen to house the university, noting that the area is quickly developing into a social hub on the East Bank of Demerara.
He added that the continued investment of industries and other such facilities are empowering the working class families.
“The lower middle income family can benefit from the equity value, the higher earning family and the gated community brings to the development spread in the area. What this means is that the asset value of a low income value immediately moves up from maybe $100,000 that is the cost for the land to $4-5M, because the land that they are sitting at, the bank value is $5M.”
He said that Texila will now be used as an educational tourism destination for Guyana.
“In addition to Texila University, we have another university that is being built next to the international convention center, we have the international hospitality center that is coming, we have the international ICT park that is coming and we have also negotiating with three other universities in establishing their footprint here…and I believe strongly that educational tourism will play part in our tourism product.”
The campus will also be deploying a first of its kind “green building initiative” in Guyana, which is supplemented with solar energy generation and consumption system generated from the traditional fossil fuel sources.
An international team of construction experts will be working with the Guyanese labour force to build the campus. Texila American University offers various programmes in collaboration with other reputable international universities and colleges across the globe.
In Guyana, the university has formal working relations with the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and CheddiJagan Dental Centre.
The university began its operations in Guyana about four years ago with only 7 students but is now filled with over 450 students from 35 countries.