UG information technology center opens tomorrow
Guyana Chronicle
January 29, 2004

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THE spanking new, well-equipped Center for Information Technology at the University Of Guyana (UG) will be officially opened tomorrow by President Bharrat Jagdeo.

At UG's first Open/Career Day in February of 2001, President Jagdeo announced a grant of $200 million for an information technology center at the university's Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown campus.

The structure is now completed and classes started in the center from Monday - the commencement of semester II, 2004.

It is understood that the facility was planned to provide 153 computers for students and staff, 57 of which would be used for Internet activities and the remaining 96 for teaching.

Immediately following tomorrow afternoon's ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Ltd. (GT&T) will be launching the GT&T/Nortel Internet facility located in the building's top floor. GT&T and Nortel Networks have donated 56 Dell computers for the Internet facility, a high-speed laser printer, a Dell server and a scanner and will also provide high-speed Internet connectivity. The university agreed that in recognition of their substantive gesture and adoption of the Internet facility it would be named accordingly.

A senior representative of Nortel Networks, Mr. Barry Nugent, is expected in Guyana to participate in tomorrow's ceremony.

Tomorrow will also be Open/Career Day at the University, and according to Dr. Marlene Cox, Director of UG's Office of Resource Mobilization and Planning.

Career Day over the years has brought employers and potential employees together and has proven successful in bridging the labour market information gap and in fostering a better understanding of each other's expectations.

"As always, the objective of Career Day is to enable students to link their respective programmes with available jobs, and to expose them to job opportunities and careers within their field of study," Dr. Cox said. (Mark Ramotar)