Later this month, the University of Guyana(UG) will undertake a Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) project to redress shortcomings in these areas.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ivelaw Griffith was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) in a recent interview as saying that this new initiative seeks to address the institution’s “human capital deficit”.
“So it’s a journey we’ve begun for some degree programmes to look at what we might need. That is something that the Technology Faculty will be doing,” Professor Griffith said.
The University has begun to “take a hard look” at the gaps in the need for human capital at the institution, Professor Griffith said.
The need to strengthen its human capital is even more necessary for the University as it is looked upon to help build capacity for the country’s new oil and gas sector. “University of Guyana’s capacity to do what that industry requires takes significant investment overtime,” Professor Griffith pointed out.
According to DPI, the country’s highest educational institution has received assistance in this regard from the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Ministry has pledged $100M over the next three years to the University.
The funding is to strengthen the University’s human and enhance physical facilities of the Technology Faculty which churns out graduates who work in the extractive industries.