Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Guyana, Michigan Universities to Develop Joint Conflict Resolution Studies. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Guyana, Michigan Universities to Develop Joint Conflict Resolution Studies. (Noteworthy News)

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GEORGETOWN, GUYANA

The university in this ethnically divided South American country and another university in Michigan are planning to develop research and a curriculum in political and ethnic conflict resolution, organizers said early this month.

The University of Guyana and Detroit's Wayne State University have agreed to exchange faculty, students and research in conflict resolution studies in Guyana over the next five years.

"It is very timely and significant for us, given the conflicts which have arisen and which we are facing in our country today," says Vice-Chancellor James Rose of Guyana's only university.

Rose and other officials from both universities, which began discussing the project last year, signed a memorandum of cooperation on Oct. 1.

Guyana's population of just over 700,000 is almost evenly divided between people of African and East Indian descent. Black Guyanese largely support the opposition, while ethnic East Indians support the governing party.

As a majoritarian democracy, however, the government is run by the party that wins a simple majority in elections, often leaving a large minority opposition that feels under-represented. …

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