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By Carlyle Harry

Striving to cement preliminary linkages that have been established with individuals, organizations, and educational-institutions in the United States of America, U.G.’s new Vice-Chancellor-Ivelaw Griffith and his Administration are hosting an inaugural ‘Diaspora Engagement Conference from July 23rd. to 28th this year.

The Conference which will be held in Guyana, will have as its Theme”Dreaming Diaspora Engagement, Doing Diaspora Engagement”…
The intention behind this Assembly, is to mobilize financial and material forms of assistance for the Guyanese Institution.

Another aim of the first Diaspora-Engagement Conference is to provide platforms for developing strategies to establish a Caribbean Diaspora Engagement Center.
Vice-Chancellor Griffith expressed this hope, “the Conference will contribute to the development of diaspora policy, and a framework to effectively attract direct diaspora investments, as well as to attract direct diaspora investment and engagement in nation building”.

Guyana’s President-David Granger has been invited to declare the Conference open, and give the Keynote address on Monday, July 24th; while Guyana’s Opposition-LeaderBharat Jagdeo has been invited to deliver a luncheon address on Tuesday, July 25th.

This inaugural Conference has three components, namely:–an academic symposium;
a business forum; and community engagement.
The University of Guyana currently has an enrollment of 8,000 students…It now offers more than sixty under-graduate and
post-graduate courses.

The University of Guyana is now offering on-line, continuing-education and extramural classes.


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