$12M in Microscopes donated to UG

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The University of Guyana, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, on Friday received 23 high-quality Leitz Polarizing Microscopes at a cost of $12 million from the University of Toronto, Canada.

This type of microscope donated is particularly useful in the study of crystals and other minerals. The Department of Geological Engineering and the Department of Petroleum students will be the beneficiaries.

At the simple handing over ceremony Friday at the New Lecture Room, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Elena Trim said the donation was much needed and will benefit not only the University but the country.

“You have to use it wisely, we have to maintain those microscopes because they are very expensive and are going to keep the faculty up and running,” the Dean said.

Left to right: Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Elena Trim, UG Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith, Professor Daniel Schulze from the University of Toronto and his wife, and Head of Department for Geology, Dr. Andrew Chater at the handing over ceremony.

The long term microscopes were procured from the University of Toronto by the Head of the Geology Department, Dr Andrew Chater with the assistance of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.

Dr Chater said, “I think this is the way to go because we do need a microscope that we can use not only just for you guys [geological and technology engineers] but this is good for the petroleum engineers.”

Professor Daniel Schulze from the University of Toronto urged that the students take good care of the microscopes and said that they have a history of being put to good use.

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