The Texila American University (TAU) once again opens its doors to another batch of students for the 2019-2020 academic year. The University, in welcoming their new intake, conducted a three-day ceremony that embraced a total of 61 students.
The freshmen, who were all ready to venture out on their journeys, were greeted with welcoming tools and a series of events that were aimed at ensuring that the integration period was fun-filled.
On day one of the ceremony, the students were greeted by staff and members of the University and later taken on a campus tour so that they would become familiar with the facility and its framework. This activity was expected to help the students have easy access and mobility.
Meanwhile, the second day saw them interacting with their seniors and on day three, the school’s faculty team briefed the students on their various policies.
Even with a fun-filled programme and with their new students’ welfare in mind, the University hosted a separate programme that catered for the parents of the students. With the main objective in mind to create a friendly relationship between parents and the institution, this programme fostered a discussion with parents on the challenges and difficulties students face in day-to-day life.
Business Administration and Public Health are the new programmes TAU has introduced into the programmes they already offer. These classes are expected to be more interactive while creating a liberal experience from both ends.
Mr Sepersaud Denonarain, the Academic Coordinator of the Programmes, expressed how elated he is to for the new journey the University is about to venture on. He said, “I am especially pleased to say that we are starting something great here in our University, and it is going to be very successful for our students and faculties. We are inviting anyone who wants to further their education in these areas of life”.
White coat ceremony
Furthermore, 33 students moved on to their clinical practices after the white coat ceremony at the Texila American University. This ceremony has now become a part of the University, more or less as a new tradition with great significance. It symbolises the transition from the completion of studies to the world of work.
The keynote speaker during the ceremony was Chairperson of Medical Council of Guyana, Dr Navindranauth Rambaran. Other speakers included: Dr Hugh Duckworth, Chief Academic Officer; Dr Jeffrey Antonio, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Dr Dheeraj Bansal, Dean of the College of Medicine.
Dr Jeffrey Antonio addressed the gathering, highlighting the significance and importance of the white coat ceremony; while Dr Bansal introduced the faculty members of the College of Medicine and shared some words of encouragement as the students progressed into their MD level.
At this event, each new student was tasked with reciting a version of the Hippocratic Oath, which acknowledged their commitment to serve humanity with honour, compassion, and dignity. The Oath was followed by the presentation of the coats to each student by the Chief Guest, Dr Rambaran, as well as Dr Bansal.
Out of a total number of 1046 accepted applicants for admissions for the medical school, this batch of students was from a diverse class of 54 per cent females, with students hailing from Guyana, Africa, India, and the Caribbean region.