The University of Guyana (UG) in collaboration with the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) yesterday unveiled a collection of commemorative stamps in observance of UG’s 50th anniversary.
UG Vice Chancellor Jacob Opadeyi, in his address to mark the occasion, at the Education Lecture Theatre yesterday, encouraged the public to buy the stamps as they reflect the pride of the university.
Stamps are available in $80 and $150 denominations and can be purchased at all post offices countrywide.
In his remarks, Post Master Mahadeo Rambharose was pleased that UG “has made the GPO a part of this historic event, this is truly history in the making.” He said the stamps will circulate both locally and internationally and was confident that they would appeal to philatelists who purchase, sell and store them as valuable collectables.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds commended UG on reaching 50 years. He reflected on the transformation and achievements of the university over the years, advising that “the past must not constrain us, one has to break free of the past so as to have a productive future.” The prime minister also challenged UG students to “take a peek” into the future and to envision where they would be in 50 years.
Commemorative plaques were also given out to selected members of the audience, during the anniversary observance.
According to a press release from the university, the institution was established in April 1963 and began its operations in October of the same year with a batch of 164 students in temporary premises loaned from Queen’s College in Georgetown. It has occupied its current site at Turkeyen since October 1969 and operates another campus at Tain, Berbice. To date, more than 15,000 students have graduated and gone on to successful careers both locally and internationally.