New university campus for Guyana

An expected surge in demand has led to the creation of the Pôle Universitaire Guyanais.
Catering for the rising student population - from 2500 in 2009 to a forecasted 4500 in 2015 – this new development is seen as a sound investment in Guyana’s knowledge economy.

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The new state-of-the-art university centre enables the transfer of knowledge. Copyright: Département Europe The new state-of-the-art university centre enables the transfer of knowledge. Copyright: Département Europe

“As a result of this development, students in Guyana have more courses to choose from, researchers are covering many new disciplines, and the university centre itself has become more autonomous in terms of management.”
Olivier Huisman

In subjects ranging from sustainable land management to infectious tropical disease, the new campus has grouped together two higher education and research institutes in Cayenne.

A flourishing learning environment in the making

Dilapidated installations have given way to a new state-of-the-art university centre housing the Université des Antilles et de Guyane (UAG) and the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres de la Guyane (a teacher training college).

The UAG branches out into three departments:

  • Institut Universitaire Technologique (IUT) covering two-year diplomas in electrical engineering, industrial computing, marketing studies and telecommunications;
  • Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur de la Guyane (IESG) offering degree courses in law and political science, economics and management, and humanities among others;
  • Medical Sciences with studies in tropical medicine for example.

The teacher training college prepares students to sit the highly competitive exams required to gain a place in the national education system. This training will open up many new opportunities in Guyana for the years to come.

Investing in local research

Unlocking the potential of local research is another major aim of the new development. Biodiversity, sustainable land management, culture and society in the Amazon, infectious tropical diseases and the ecology of health are all being investigated in a bid to strengthen local knowledge of Guyana.

The university centre is also looking to gain recognition at a national and European level - and to develop close cooperation with its neighbours in Latin America. This endeavour is being undertaken by the Pôle Universitaire Guyanais, a public interest group which gathers together the State, Guyanais territorial districts, local public establishments and several universities including universities and institutes in Toulouse and Montpellier.

From academic to professional

Companies are also set to gain from the development as a new business incubator centre is set up enabling the transfer of knowledge, thereby boosting innovation and economic development.

Draft date

14/12/2010