[www.inewsguyana.com] – The University of Texas is looking to include Guyanese students in their curriculum to have experiments done with other students from across the world.
Senior Research Scientist at the University James Austin and Director of International Relations, Horm Van Avendonk met with Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud on Friday, March 28, where they discussed support and collaboration for the mining sector, the Guyana Mining School and Training Centre Inc.
The Texas University team which is in Guyana for the next two days have also engaged students at the University of Guyana who are interested in the program offered.
Citing Guyana’s interest in the natural gas sector, Austin said it would be the ideal thing for Guyanese to get involved.
Minister Persaud requested that the two research scientists state their thoughts and inputs which could be offered both on the Geophysics aspects, as well as the rapid response to climate change to which Guyana is vulnerable.
Austin stated that a bigger Memorandum of Understanding would be required, based on Guyana’s requirements. He pointed out that various topics required would be formulated on the courses to be delivered, which the Minister suggested could be worked out since the two scientists would have met all the players in the picture.
Minister Persaud added that at the end of the day he could see the need for support in collaboration. He explained the need to build capacity and skills to develop the industry.
“We’re willing to move in that direction, working with the mining school, the university,” he said. The Guyana Mining School and Training Centre was opened in May 2012 and began rolling out its programmes in early January 2013 in an effort to improve the quality of skilled workers in the mining sector.