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Toronto Metropolitan University partners with Government of Guyana to provide full stack developer training to Guyanese learners

2,000 Guyanese citizens will complete The Chang School’s full stack developer program as part of the ‘One Guyana Digital’ initiative
May 07, 2024

Toronto, May 7, 2024 – Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is partnering with the Government of Guyana to implement the country’s ‘One Guyana Digital’ (external link)  initiative that aims to equip Guyanese students with the essential skills needed for a career in the technology sector. 2,000 Guyanese citizens will complete the Full Stack Developer certificate offered by The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at TMU, gaining the technical skills and practical experience needed to excel as web or software developers.

The university is collaborating with Riavera Corporation (external link)  to help achieve Guyana’s goal of building a domestic outsourcing/near-sourcing industry and positioning itself as a global digital services hub, which involves providing Guyanese citizens with world class education and job skills. Upon completion of the online full stack developer program, learners will be placed in various outsourcing jobs while working from Guyana.  

“TMU’s partnership with Guyana will have a significant impact on the country’s economy and society. As a university committed to fostering innovation and transformative change, we are thrilled to support Guyanese learners in meeting the demands of the global tech industry,” said Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at TMU.

The first cohort of Guyanese students will begin the eight-month full stack developer program on May 13, 2024 and will have access to the complete range of services and resources offered by TMU. The 2,000 students who will attend the certificate program over two years were selected by the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development in Guyana according to the government's diversity targets for race, region and gender. 50 percent of the available spots were reserved for women, 25 percent for Indigenous Guyanese people and the remaining cohort is proportionally represented by the ten administrative regions of Guyana.  

“The Chang School’s highest priority is to respond to the needs of continuous learners both across Canada and internationally. It’s a privilege to help Guyanese students strengthen their skills and knowledge in an in-demand area that is directly applicable to the global job market. Through helping them reach their career goals, we are confident that this partnership will make a difference in people’s lives,” said Linda Koechli, interim dean of The Chang School.

Students in the certificate program will take four courses covering end-to-end development: full stack developer, python programming, design for mobile devices, and user experience design.


Media contact:
Surbhi Bir
PR & Communications Specialist
Central Communications, Toronto Metropolitan University

About The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
At The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Toronto Metropolitan University, we’re transforming university continuing education. With 1,000 course offerings and over 70 career-related certificate programs including Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics, Project Management, and Occupational Health and Safety, we’re addressing the needs of continuous learners across Canada and internationally. Our comprehensive support services, highly experienced instructors, and strong connections to industry help learners develop their capacity to contribute to a socially progressive innovation economy.

About Toronto Metropolitan University
Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly known as Ryerson University, is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the University is home to more than 48,000 students, including 2,900 Master’s and PhD students, 4,000 faculty and staff, and over 225,000 alumni worldwide.