Over 40 participants, representing the core management team of the University of Guyana (UG) from the Turkeyen and Tain campuses, participated in three days of intense discussions at the university’s first management retreat from August 30 to September 1 at the Arrow Point Nature Resort in Region 3.
A press release from UG last week said that in his remarks, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jacob Opadeyi emphasised that funding plays a critical role in the realisation of the aspirations of UG and underscored the importance of having the support of all stakeholders in the process.
The agenda had 16 thematic areas, ranging from the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning to that of funding for the university. Participants also held discussions on the developmental challenges facing the university and a number of solutions to these challenges were discussed and agreed upon.
The retreat also served as a platform to explore mechanisms to build harmonious relationships and collective responsibilities in the management of the university’s business. So the message of ‘building trust through team building’ acted as the guiding theme for the proceedings of each session.
The release said that participants echoed their support for the renewed direction being undertaken and showed optimism for the implementation of the new action-oriented plan.
The vice-chancellor expressed his appreciation for the support and interest displayed by participants and faculty who contributed to the ideas and action plans in the mission to move UG forward. He also restated his commitment to seeing the university deliver its service to the nation at a standard of excellence, which fosters development and growth.
According to the release, a formal document will be prepared to capture the proposals of the management team and to guide the documentation of an action plan to secure the necessary funding and other material support for the development of the university.