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Our History


  • 2017
    The University of Guyana Press (UGP) is the publishing arm of the University of Guyana. Its purpose is to “create an outlet for the scholarly work of faculty and student researchers, as part of efforts to boost research and scholarship at the nation’s sole national University.” The UGP was established on April 1, 2017, with an agreement with Ian Randle Publishers (IRP). This agreement was signed on March 16, 2017.
  • 2017
    The UGP’s key function is to contribute to the national landscape by producing scholarly and creative works by focusing on peer-reviewed publications such as books, monographs, and journals (both print and digital) produced by faculty, staff, and students of the University of Guyana. It also intends to establish and maintain networking opportunities with national, regional, and international publishing companies as it builds and restructures, as well as to coordinate with other subdivisions in creating awareness about the output of the UGP and making them accessible to stakeholders.
  • 2018
    On December 13, 2018, the UGP launched its first publication, Dynamics of Caribbean Diaspora Engagement: People, Policy, Practice. In that same year, the journal Transition which was published once per year by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Guyana was added to UGP and renamed Transformation. The Transformation journal, therefore, inherited the history of Transition which dates to 1978 when the first issue was published. The Transformation journal is a multidisciplinary journal and seeks to publish works of scholarship and policy in all fields related to development including environmental sustainability, political, human, and social development. The Press has published two issues of the Transformation journal, Issue 45, 2018, and Issue 46, 2019.
  • 2018
    In addition, since the establishment of UGP, the Renaissance Project was introduced by Professor Ivelaw Griffith, Vice-Chancellor at that time. This project published papers from the Renaissance Lecture series, distinguished lectures honoring Professor Clive Y. Thomas, and Professorial Lectures from Professors Michael Scott and Gomathinayagam Subramanian. These papers were published occasionally and only electronically.
  • 2021
    The UGP also does collaborative work. The UGP and the Office of Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement (PACE), Vice-Chancellor’s Office launched its first Exemplar Series of pocketbooks focusing on the Life and Works of Outstanding Guyanese on September 10, 2021. The first publication was on Dr Yesu Persaud: An iconic business leader and on April 21, 2022, the second pocketbook of the Exemplar Series was launched. This publication focused on Dr Jay Sobhraj: An Impactful Life Shaped by Passion, Family, and Discipline. This Exemplar series focuses on the four Honorary Doctorates which were conferred during the 56th convocation ceremony of the University of Guyana on November 10, 2018. The awardees were Yesu Persaud, Laura George, Eddy Grant, and Jay Sobhraj. In the University’s history, this was the first-time honorary doctorates were conferred. On March 8, 2022, the UGP in collaboration with the Theatre Guild of Guyana hosted a book launch of Ameena Gafoor’s A Lantern in the Wind: A Fictional Memoir. Celebrating the work and contributions of an amazing Guyanese woman, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, publisher, and international academic.