Faculty of Technology
The Faculty of Technology was established in 1969. From then until 1977 the regular Academic programmes on the offer were the General Technical Diploma (GTD) and the Higher Technical Diploma (HTD) in Architecture ad Building Technology, in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Special one-year degree programmes in Public Health Engineering (1972), Highway Engineering (1975) were offered. Certificate and Diploma courses in Industrial Management were offered in 1972 and 1976 respectively. In 1978, the Faculty discontinued the GTD and HTD programmes and introduced the Diploma in Technology and Bachelor of Engineering in the aforementioned disciplines. Bachelor of Science (Architecture) programmes. Majors in the Diploma in Technology were subsequently expanded to include Agricultural Engineering, Mining and Surveying. A diploma in Technology programme in Aeronautical Engineering was introduced in 2005 in collaboration with the Art Williams/Harry Wendt Aeronautical School. All Academic Programmes followed a Semester format.
The Faculty of Technology is presently composed of five Departments serviced by 39 staff members consisting of 29 full-time academic staff, 10 technical staff.
The Faculty offers four-year undergraduate BSc. Programmes which satisfies the academic requirements of the Council of Registered Professional Engineers for registration as Professional Engineers. In these Engineering Programmes, students have to undertake a mandatory 4 to 6 months of industrial placement in their final year. The aim of the placement is to give the students appropriate exposure in the world of work.
The Faculty as of January 2016 is also offering postgraduate MSc. Programme in Renewable Energy Technology.
In addition, the Faculty also offers a technician level diploma and certificate in Industrial Engineering.
Total student population is approaching the 650 mark.
The Faculty of Technology has an Advisory Board comprising distinguished members from Industry, Academy and Engineers which provides advice and counsel to help the Faculty provide quality education that exceed accreditation standards. The Board also provides International Standards for the Faculty for the quality of education, research, revision and review of the curricula. This has resulted in greater and more meaningful final year projects being presented by our students. The Faculty has used this forum to request inputs from the Industry in this curriculum review process and are incorporated in the final curriculum design.
Consultancy Firms are working closely with the Faculty to enhance the technical capabilities of the teaching staff in respective departments to carry out a curriculum reform process by updating/reorienting the existing curricula.
For this academic year, we have launched three revised programmes in three departments, namely the Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Departments. One new programme was also launched i.e. Applied and Exploration Geology undergraduate programme.
Under the UG Science and Technology Support Project’s two research grants were awarded as follows:
- Mr. Harris for “Recommended Architectural and Urban Adjustments for the Effective Harvesting of LCDS Benefits”
- Ms. Verlyn Klass for “Assessment of Wind Energy Potential on Guyana’s Coastland”
Challenges being faced at present:
- Human resource
- Adequate buildings for Labs
- Lab equipment
- Short courses for professionals
- Create educational booklets for schools
- Offer and provide advice to the Private Sector and the Government
- Exchange Programmes with other Universities
- Develop Educational Camps