A brief history of the University of Guyana

The UG Campus, Turkeyen

Presented at the Interfaith Service to mark the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the University of Guyana Ordinance #63, April 19, 1963 In the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT), Turkeyen Campus on April 19, 2013

By Sr Mary Noel Menezes,

RSM, AA edited and adapted

for this Publication.

It is indeed an honour for me to have been asked to share with you a brief history of our University now celebrating its 50th year. Where has the time gone? I was among the first group of lecturers and so vividly remember our first convocation in 1967 at which 32 students, 28 men and 4 women, received their degrees. The guest speaker Professor Anamanthudoo expressed the fervent wish that the University would live up to the highest standards if it were to be worth the name of University. To quote his words: “To have a University is not enough – it must be a University of high standard. A University of low standard is worse than having no University at all.” We continue to support his wish over the years…..

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