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Local publisher signs historic agreement with University of Guyana

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 3:00 AM
IRP Chairman Ian Randle (left) and University of Guyana Vice-Chancellor and Principal Ivelaw Griffith sign the agreement on March 16 in Georgetown, Guyana.

The University of Guyana (UG) and Ian Randle Publishers (IRP) of Jamaica signed an agreement on March 16 to establish The University of Guyana Press as the publishing arm of the educational institution.

The University of Guyana Press is expected to create an outlet for the scholarly work of faculty and student researchers, as part of efforts to boost research and scholarship at the nation's sole national university.

The agreement takes effect on April 1 and will be in effect for an initial period of three years.

According to Vice-Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, "The establishment of the press is both history-making and an important part of enhancing the brand of the university."

He added: "It is an integral part of my Renaissance vision for our university."

The University of Guyana attaches great importance to this collaboration with IRP, which is the largest scholarly commercial publisher in CARICOM.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the university by Vice-Chancellor and Principal Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, and IRP Board Chairman Ian Randle signed on behalf of IRP.

Randle also gifted the University Library with 200 books, worth US$15,000. The vice-chancellor received the donation on behalf of the university. He thanked the IRP chairman for his kind expression of personal friendship and institutional support, noting that "not only is Ian a friend of long standing and the publisher of my seventh book, but he is committed to enlarging the educational boundaries of Caribbean people through the availability of educational and popular material".

The vice-chancellor seized the opportunity to present Randle with the instrument of appointment as an Education Resource Ambassador of the university.

Also inducted as an UG Ambassador was Roxanne Reece, director of Fly Jamaica, which was one of the co-sponsors of the Renaissance Lecture.