Georgetown, Guyana – (April 4, 2018) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, yesterday, received a courtesy call from officials of the Medgar Evers College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY); Director of International Education, Prof. Eugene Pursoo and Interim Director for the Caribbean Research Centre, Dr. Maria DeLongoria. The pair shared, during the meeting, the scope of work to be covered under the USA-Caribbean International Education Consortium (UCIEC) project and used the opportunity to discuss possible areas of collaboration with the Office of the First Lady.

In an invited comment, Prof. Pursoo explained that the College, through the UCIEC initiative, has partnered with higher education institutions across the Caribbean to promote academic collaboration in order to help solve the developmental challenges of the countries and regions of participating member institutions. “This is the second time the consortium will be meeting and the University of Guyana has volunteered to host that meeting. We’re honoured to have the opportunity to meet with the First Lady. We’re hoping that as the consortium grows, we will be able to have the support of dignitaries in the region like the First Lady, who would look at what we’re trying to accomplish and contribute in any way she can towards the growth of this consortium,” he said.

Medgar Evers College offers bachelors and associate degrees at their tertiary institutions in the State of New York. In March of this year, the college’s Professor Ivor Barker and Dr. Clinton Crawford collaborated with the East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) Department of Education to host a literacy conference for the region aimed at improving literacy rates.

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