UG launches Masters programme in social work

Students, officials and media personnel at the launch of the Social Work Master’s programme at the University of Guyana (DPI photo)

The University of Guyana’s Faculty of Social Sciences in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and York University launched a Master’s in Social Work programme at its Turkeyen Campus on Wednesday.

A release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) said that the master’s programme will enable 26 social work graduates to further their studies and obtain a master’s degree. The Ministry will sponsor eight of the 26 students taking part in the one-year programme.

“The importance of Social Work cannot be underestimated” remarked Mohan Ramrattan, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Protection.

Monica Miller, Head of the Sociology Department said that the journey to having such a programme began four years ago.  Barbara Heron, the co-ordinator from York University said that the level of organisation, and support from all parties involved, was overwhelming. Heron and six other professors will be lecturing in the Master’s programme over the coming months, DPI said.

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