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By Abena Rockcliffe As many move a step closer to attaining their dreams, the University of Guyana (UG) on Friday staged its ceremonial opening at which Vice-Chancellor (ag), Dr Marlene Cox announced that the university will be embarking on a rehabilitation project.The opening was held at the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT) which was packed to capacity.Dr Cox said that the Caribbean Development Bank and the World Bank are on board to fund the rehabilitation project. Rehabilitation works are expected to be carried out at both, Tain and Turkeyen Campuses.The audience of predominantly freshmenDr Cox’s speech was dominated by words of encouragement to the freshmen. She explained the demands and sacrifices that come along with the “privilege of being a student of the University of Guyana.”As she extended congratulations, Dr Cox listed each of the faculties and asked students to stand as their respective faculty was called.That exercise revealed that most of the students in attendance were going to be studying one of the Social Sciences.  What was also notable was that those entering the faculty of Education and Humanities were fewer, a signal that this academic year will be seeing fewer first year teachers.The Vice-Chancellor said that those accepted this year have entered at a significant time in the history of the university which is in its 50th year of existence.Dr Cox, as she explained the demand of UG, cautioned students that they will be faced with “many challenges…but when the going gets tough, the tough have to get going.”The University-Turkeyen Campus,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, with a student population of 5,500 and 600 staffers,cheap nfl jerseys elite, is considered a community. “I often wonder if Guyana has any bigger community.”Dr Cox said that she made that point to suffice reasons as to why “we must help each other.”As if she felt she couldn’t stress enough,Jerseys Cheap China, the Vice-Chancellor said,Authentic NFL Jerseys Free Shipping, “You must take your studies serious, be curious; challenge the lectures; yet, observe the rules and regulations of the University… and you must know your rights.”Dr Cox went on to inform that students now not only have a responsibility to be educated but to be role models, as society looks to those with learning for guidance.She advised that students should “dream big, think big… but don’t let the certificates,China NFL Jerseys, degrees and riches go to your head. Make UG a better place.”Registrar, Vincent Alexander’s most salient point came as he highlighted the importance of reading.He encouraged students to make reading a priority and emphasized that once that has been streamlined; a successful four-year is inevitable. He encouraged the students not to give into dictatorship or lean to propaganda.He noted that the happiest times during university life should be “each opportunity given to learn.”President of the University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS), Duane Edwards, who described education as a medium to fulfill one’s larger social responsibility said that it is imperative to “focus” while having the opportunity to peruse higher education. However, he stressed that campus life must be enjoyed.Edwards pleaded with students to serve Guyana after completion of University as he cited a survey that showed 89 per cent of university graduates migrate.“What persons fail to realize is that it is only an ailing person who is in need of a doctor; so while corruption is rampant and there are so many other ailments of society,  we need those who are educated,” affirmed Edwards.The president stated that Guyana awaits its creators and “UG students play the most important role in Guyana’s creation process.”He said that UG is a socially vulnerable place yet it is educationally fulfilling. He advised students to be careful of the social path they take.“It is here you will meet persons to start long lasting relationships and most of you will meet your husbands and wives right here,” asserted Edwards.He, like all other contributors,NFL Jerseys Supply, encouraged students to “keep the dream alive!”
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