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Texila American University (TAU) and Guyana Defence Force (GDF) yesterday (22 February) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It is to see the university playing an important role in building the academic competence of the defence personnel. The initiative forms a part of the university’s plans to improve access to learning opportunities through its Centre for Professional Development (CPD) and contribute to the learning opportunities for Guyanese citizens.
The MoU was signed by the Founder and President of the Texila American University, Mr. Saju Bhaskar and the Guyana Defence Force, Chief of Staff, Mr. Brigadier Godfrey Bess. Under the MoU, Texila will offer courses free of cost to the GDF personnel. The courses to be offered at the Officer level will complement the capstone Senior Command and Staff Course (SCSC) and at the Junior Officer Level, the Junior Command and Staff Course (JCSC). Courses are also being offered to complement courses at the level of Non-Commissioned Officers.
Staff Officer One General Three – Operations and Training, Lieutenant Colonel Andy Pompey during a short presentation, highlighted that at the SCSC level. Officers will complete the certificate in Advanced Strategic Management as well as the certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management. At the JCSC level, the Officers will complete the Certificate in Intermediate Strategic Management and in Human Resource Management.
In addition to those provided on the Senior Leaders Course (SLC), at the Non- Commissioned Officer level, ranks will complete the certificate in:
- Human Resource Management and,
- Certificate in Communication Skills.
Texila American University, Founder and President Mr. Saju Bhaskar and Guyana Defence Force, Chief of Staff, Mr. Brigadier Godfrey Bess signs the MoU that aims at bolstering learning opportunities for defence personnel.
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Other internal courses that will be supplemented with courses to be offered by the TAU includes:
- Grade One Finance Course
- Grade One and Grade Two Medical Assistant courses
- Grade Three Medic course, and
- Grade One Logistics Course.
Mr. Brigadier Godfrey Bess said that the force’s collaboration with the university is yet another milestone in preparing ranks for the transformation of the country.
Mr. Brigadier Bess explained that the capstone courses for both Officers and Other Ranks have undergone some amount of modification and that this collaboration will contribute to this process.
“I am grateful that your organization has recognized the service and dedication of the officer and ranks and decided to offer these courses pro-bono to the GDF. We are thankful for this and we assure you that this will definitely contribute to capacity building in the Force. I also assure you that the commitment and dedication of other ranks will be a concrete testimony,” Mr. Saju Bhaskar stated that while his organization's gesture was part of corporate social responsibility, it was an initiative that was close to his heart as the son of a soldier in his own country. He lauded the force’s efforts to develop its ranks in preparation for the future, adding that the courses will definitely boost the careers of ranks and help with professional knowledge development and skill enhancement.
“I am proud that I could do this and we are grateful that you have chosen Texila to be part of this journey to develop your ranks. We will definitely be a lifelong skill and professional development partner.”