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University of Guyana Berbice Campus

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The University of Guyana Berbice Campus (UGBC) became operational in 2000. This institution was established with the intention of providing quality tertiary-level education to Berbicians and those resolved to expanding their intellectual and social experiences.

During its early stages, UGBC offered two-year undergraduate certificate programmes in education (various options) and diploma programmes in accountancy, English, history, marketing, public management and social work. Degree programmes were subsequently offered: the degree in agriculture and the associate degree in general science (various options) were offered in the 2001-2002 academic year, and degrees in public management and education as well as the post-graduate diploma in education were offered in the 2002-2003 academic year.

Currently, UGBC offers certificate, diploma and associate degrees and degree programmes in four Divisions: the School of Education and Humanities and the Divisions of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Agriculture.

The Berbice Campus is extensive and spreads out over two locations, one in Tain and another in Johns. In terms of facilities and educational resources, the campus has its own libraries, computer laboratories, science centre, canteen and document centre. There are a number of clubs on campus for students: the Sports Club, the Environmental Club and the UGBC Cultural Club.
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Cyril Potter College of Education

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The Cyril Potter College of Education was established in September 1928. It was then known as the Teachers' Training Centre (TTC). Prior to 1928, local teachers were trained at Mico College in Antigua, Shortwood College in Jamaica and Rawle College in Barbados. Trainees pursued a full-time programme. In 1942, the institution was renamed Government Training College for teachers (GTC).

In 1963, in addition to the full-time programme (this was referred to as Pre-Service), a part-time programme (this was referred to as a Pre-Service), a part-time programme (In-Service) was launched. The Pre Service programmed catered for persons between the ages of seventeen to twenty-four, while the In-Service mode catered for persons above the age of twenty-four together with relevant teaching experience. Pre Service Secondary began in January of 1969. It was referred to as the Multilateral Teachers' Training Programme. It was later called the College for Secondary Teachers and renamed the Lillian Dewar College of Education in honour of a woman who had given distinctive service to secondary education in Guyana.

In 1974 the College (GTC) moved to newly completed building at Turkeyen. In 1976, it was renamed the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) in honour of Mr. Robert Gladstone Cyril Potter. He was a distinguished Guyanese educator who was the first Guyanese principal of this institution.

Formal In-Service Nursery Training (NNTP) started in 1980. By 1983, all teacher-training was done at the Turkeyen campus and in September1985, both Pre-Service and In-Service Training activities were amalgamated under one administrative body- the CYRIL POTTER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

The International University-Guyana

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The International University-Guyana is a degree-granting institution and external center for a number of overseas higher learning institutions, based in Georgetown, Guyana.

In 1994, Dr. Godfrey Sears, a dual doctoral degree holder in psychology and business management obtained permission from the government of Guyana to establish The International Institute of Professional Management and Engineering (IIPME). This institute was a center for Institute of Commercial Management UK programs, the International University-USA degree programs, University of Leicester and the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom programs.

The center initially comprised two branches, one in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Guyana and the main center situated at North Road and Alexander Streets, Lacytown, Georgetown. In 2001 the unaccredited International University USA of Missouri granted license to IIPME to operate as a campus and degree-granting institution carrying the name the International University-Guyana. The Government of Guyana gave its approval and the then Prime Minister Samuel Hinds became the patron of the University. The University collaborated with the Institute of Commercial Management to create innovative programs in law and management. The University created a law degree which was based on the ICM professional diploma in legal studies and which continued to two other advanced levels called the Advanced diploma in legal studies. This combination provided the basis for the LLB which was then awarded by the University. Students were awarded the ICM diplomas as completed in order to progress to the degree.

The subjects for the professional diploma were the law of agency, tort, contract, company law, English legal system, and with each subject comprising a single diploma. At the advanced diploma level the ICM subjects covered were Land law, Public International law, the law of Trusts, Evidence, Criminal law, Equity, and Jurisprudence. ICM has continued to use this model for their associate degree in law. The International University law degree is recognized internationally, though only a few were granted, the first being in 2004.

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