FEES and GTI host National Seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges

 

The Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the Government Technical Institute, hosted a one-day national seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges on Thursday July 25, 2019 at the Education Lecture Theatre, Turkeyen Campus.

 

The seminar was one of the planned events under the CITYLAB CAR project, which is being executed in collaboration between 15 European and Caribbean Higher Education Institutes. The aim of the CITYLAB CAR project is to stimulate innovation in teaching in higher education through Problem-Based Learning in the Caribbean, to make higher education institutes and students better prepared to deal with contemporary urban problems and challenges.

 

The seminar brought together approximately 40 participants, including key stakeholders, students, and members of academia in discussing Problem Based Learning as a teaching innovation in response to urban sustainability challenges through a multidisciplinary approach.

 

Opening remarks were delivered by the University of Guyana’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement Professor Paloma Mohammed. Additionally, presentations were made by invited CityLab Project expert partners and notable planners and academics, namely Dr. Asad Mohammed of UWI, St. Augustine and Ms. Angelika Namdar of Anton de Kom University, Suriname. A special session on Problem-Based Learning as a teaching technique was delivered via Skype by University of Trinidad and Tobago Professor Dr. Betty McDonald.

 

University of Guyana Urban Geography students Mr. Muzzammil Mohabir and Ms. Alana Norville delivered a presentation that was derived from their Urban Geography class group work on the issue of urban informality in central Georgetown. This presentation was introduced by Lecturer Mr. Rawle Edinboro who explained how Problem-Based Learning techniques were being infused into the Course.

 

Participants at the seminar also engaged in group work specifically geared to garner feedback on how the experience of stakeholders can help to support the infusion of problem-based learning approaches into the delivery of relevant courses at the University of Guyana.

 

At the end of the seminar, closing remarks were delivered by the Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Temitope Oyedotun who also awarded presenters with tokens of appreciation.

 

View images from the seminar below:

The CityLab Project Partners: U.G; GTI; UWI and Anton de Kom University

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paloma Mohammed delivering opening remarks

Government Technical Institute Principal Ms. Renita Duncan delivering remarks

Ms. Angelika Namdar of Anton de Kom University, Suriname

Dr. Asad Mohammed delivering a seminar presentation

Group working session at the seminar

Student presentation by Muzzamil Mohabir and Alana Norville

Rawle Edinboro, Local CityLab Project Coordinator Chairperson of Session 1

City Council representatives

Students of the Guyana Technical Institute in attendance

The Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivering closing remarks

Seminar participants pose for a photograph.

 

 

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GEOFEES and GTI host National Seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges

FEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony 2019

The FEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony was held on May 31, 2019 at the Education Lecture Theatre, in recognition of the outstanding performances and service by our students during the 2017/2018 academic year.

This year’s guest speaker was Ms. Onika Stellingburg, a former student of the then School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She is Guyana’s first trained climate change negotiator and the first Guyanese selected to participate as the Caribbean Representative in the prestigious Climate Change Fellowship. Ms Stellingburg, who holds the position of Stakeholder Management Coordinator within the Ministry of the Presidency – Department of the Environment, delivered uplifting remarks to the awardees and encouraged them to apply their skills towards the task of nation-building.

 

See below for a complete list of awardees, along with a few photos from the ceremony. The Faculty extends sincere gratitude to this year’s sponsors.

 

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Academic Awardees

Best 1st Year Student: David Prince (Sponsor:  Conservation International Inc.)

Best 2nd Year Student: Mr. Michael Morrison (Sponsor: Environmental Engineering Solutions)

Best 2nd Year Student (GEO): Ms. Alana Norville (Sponsor: FEES)

Best 3rd Year Student: Ms. Nikita La Cruz (Sponsor: Shell Service Station)

Best 4th Year StudentMs. Benita Davis (Sponsor: Environmental Management Consultants)

Best Research Project: Ms. Benita Davis (Sponsor: Development Policy & Management Consultants)

Best Graduating StudentMs. Benita Davis (Sponsor: E&A Consultants Inc.)

Best All Round Student: Mr. Nkofi Hodge (Sponsor: Austin’s Book Store)

 

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FEES Volunteer Recognition Awards 2018

First Year

Ms. Stacey Codogan

Mr. Gordon Nedd

Second Year

Ms. Alana Norville

Mr. Patrick Benjamin-Huntley

Third Year

Ms. Nikita LaCruz

Fourth Year

Ms. Madhavi Indarjeet

Mr. Nkofi Hodge

 

FEES Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year 2018 Awards

Ms. Kim Chan 

Mr. Cubator Stephen 

 

 

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GEOFEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony 2019

Department of Geography awarded the Special Achievement in GIS 2019 Award

The Department of Geography, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences has been awarded Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) 2019 Award.

The department was nominated by Esri’s regional provider, Spatial Innovision, in recognition of user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology, and was selected from more than 100,000 others.

More information on the award can be found on Esri’s website.

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GEODepartment of Geography awarded the Special Achievement in GIS 2019 Award

Message from the Dean to our 2018 Graduating Class

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduating Class!!!

Our dear graduates,

It gives me great pleasure to address you as you are officially ending a phase of your earthly sojourn, which is definitely the beginning of another adventure. You have stepped over the line of ignorance and, therefore, have been armoured with skills, technical know-how and educational ammunitions which should equip you in addressing numerous challenges that may confront you, your career, our dear country, and the human race.

Regardless of the enormous issues that you may encounter beyond the walls of the University, please set your face like a flint, do not look back, nor back out in your strife for excellence, relevance, dignity, and honour.

As the alumni of our beloved Faculty, we are confident of what you are capable of. I can only urge you to set your goals high and raise the bar. Set the new legacies and standard for yourself, your family, our country and our world. Don’t be vague in your daily living! Live with purpose. Do away with any small and inconsequential dreams, goals and planning. You have only ONE life to make a difference and leave a legacy – and this is the life you have NOW! Therefore, don’t flinch in the face of eruptions of adversities – they are lava you can use to build a lasting mountain of legacies. Don’t swim in the lakes of laziness nor take a plunge in the rivers of mediocrity. Set your goals for excellence, it will be an ornament that will distinguish you in this 21st Century era of countless competitions.

We do hope to hear about/from you soon, and we hope that you will be one of our bright and shining stars in any venture and adventure you find yourself in. I commend you to God of all Grace and Glory to strengthen and help you as you start your new beginning. Know for sure that you will forever remain dear to us in our Faculty. Have a great and fulfilled new beginning.

 

Peace be unto you!

 

Cheers,

Dr. Temitope D. Timothy OYEDOTUN

Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Guyana

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GEOMessage from the Dean to our 2018 Graduating Class

EIA Field Exercise at Dagg Point, Bartica

Students of the Diploma in Land Administration and Management programme recently participated in a field exercise to Dagg Point, Bartica, as part of the course ENV4101: Environmental Impact Assessment. View the photographs below!

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GEOEIA Field Exercise at Dagg Point, Bartica

Thinking Sustainably through Green Engineering

A new course of studies in “green engineering” offers students in the Caribbean the chance to explore how to design and use products, processes, and systems more sustainably.

Participants of the Green Engineering Bootcamp in Jamaica.

With support from the Organization of American States (OAS), teachers from around the region recently met in Jamaica for a three-day Green Engineering Boot Camp to look at effective ways to teach this interdisciplinary subject in the classroom and help students develop strong problem-solving skills. The Green Engineering Syllabus, which was introduced to students in the region in 2016, offers a mix of academic and practical content. The two-year course does not make someone an engineer, “but it gives you a good point of reference for any job you do,” explained Dr. Paulette Bynoe, Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Guyana, who headed the panel that developed the syllabus.

Green engineering, she said, looks at the big picture to determine how materials and processes can be structured to minimize environmental impact, meet high performance standards, and be viable economically. This is an area of potential interest not only to an engineer but to someone who might draft environmental regulations for a waste management system, for example, or someone looking to develop more sustainable approaches to tourism or agriculture.

“Environmental problems are everyone’s concern and everyone’s responsibility,” Bynoe said in a phone interview. “Regardless of what discipline you pursue, you are still an occupant of Planet Earth.”

One goal of green engineering is to minimize the use of materials and energy from the very start of a design process. In looking at what will go into a product, for example, an engineer might ask: How can this material be used sustainably? Is it hazardous? If so, will energy be required to treat it? How can it be disposed of at the end of its life cycle? In designing a building, a key concern might be how the architecture can capitalize on natural ventilation and use less energy.

The Green Engineering Syllabus is organized into two year-long units (“Introduction to Green Engineering” and “Application of Green Engineering Principles”), each of which comprises three modules. The material covers considerable ground, from the concept of sustainable development to the role of entropy in the manufacturing process. One section looks at lessons learned from nature about maximum efficiency in product design—a concept known as biomimicry. The syllabus also calls for students to visit industries or other facilities to examine sustainability issues in the field, and to build a detailed model to illustrate a design process.

Read more at Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas.

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GEOThinking Sustainably through Green Engineering

FEES Graduates head to NCUR 2018!

Recent FEES Environmental Studies graduates, Mr. Romario Hastings and Ms. Nkasse Evans, have been selected to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2018 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma this April.

Mr. Hastings will be presenting his undergraduate research project conducted at the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, titled:

An investigation of the ethno-meteorological knowledge of the Kapon Akawaio people of Kako and Phillipai, Upper Mazaruni.

Ms. Evans will also present her undergraduate research project, titled:

A comparative study of the use of Vetiver Grass and Spartina Grass in facilitating natural regeneration of Avicennia germinans.

Mr. Hastings and Ms. Evans graduated from the FEES in November 2017 having successfully completed the B.Sc. Environmental Studies programme. The Faculty wishes both students the very best in this exciting endeavour!

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GEOFEES Graduates head to NCUR 2018!