Honorary UG doctorates a bad idea

Dear Editor,

I write in support of the position taken by Dr. Mark Kirton regarding the award of Honorary Doctorates by the University of Guyana.

As a former member of the University Council, I am concerned that the University has taken such a hasty decision.

I think the suggestion by Dr. Kirton that the University should at this time focus on consolidating existing programmes at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels has considerable merit.

I am of the strong opinion that any attempt to offer a Degree beyond that offered by the University will diminish the quality of that offering.

It matters little to me that other tertiary institutions in similar situations are offering honorary doctorates.

The University of Guyana must be guided by its own standards and do not copycat other institutions.

Yours faithfully,

Hydar Ally

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