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NFL Player Mohamed Massaquoi supports The Inaugural United For Liberia Gala is this Saturday at Emory University!

December 23, 2015
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NFL Player Mohamed Massaquoi supports The Inaugural United For Liberia Gala is this Saturday at Emory University!

569 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322

To check out more information visit: http://ucliberia.com
To purchase gala and raffle tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/united-for-liberia-tickets-177…

 

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Consul General Pens Op-ed in The Atlanta Journal Constitution

December 20, 2015
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Ga. schools reach out to Liberia

Updated: 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015  |  Posted: 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Education will continue to be a key priority of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s post-Ebola recovery strategy. The University Consortium for Liberia initiative was launched in June 2009, by the Honorary Consul General Liberian Consulate in Atlanta supported by the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

In late 2014, the consortium was approved as a non-profit organization that will work with government and our partners to provide scholarships and support for students to study abroad. It also will participate in service learning and student exchange programs. That includes opportunities for research and faculty development and collaboration between international colleges and universities.

Twenty-one colleges and universities are partners in the consortium. Our vision is to help provide brighter futures through education and understanding.

The consortium is excited to announce that our partners have been very supportive in the rebuilding of Liberia over the past few years. Recently, the Georgia Institute of Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LibTelCo and the Ministry of TelePost and Communications to provide a Center of Excellence in Communications in Liberia, as well as training, capacity building and support.

It is anticipated an ICT Conference will be held in Monrovia this December. Alabama State University signed a memorandum a few weeks ago to provide service training, study abroad and exchange programs for its students to study at the University of Liberia and for consortium students to study at ASU.

Savannah State and Clark Atlanta universities have offered academic scholarships in chemistry and social work to three Liberian students. Tuskegee University sent students to A.M.E. University in Liberia last year for a study abroad program. The Carter Presidential Center provides mental health training and Ebola-related programs, and Emory University has also been supportive through Ebola awareness and engagement.

Moreover, I was pleased when our partner, Georgia Gwinnett College, invited the Liberian ambassador to the United States, H.E. Jeremiah Sulunteh, to be this year’s commencement speaker. In collaboration with the University of Liberia and the Ministry of Agriculture, the University of Georgia is exploring a model poultry production program in Liberia with a focus on women’s empowerment and a 4-H Youth program.

Kennesaw State University is focused on culinary and hospitality careers, to name a few. Morehouse College is exploring a Leadership Academy at UL, and Morehouse School of Medicine is considering a collaborative health initiative with the Ministry of Education and Health.

In recent years, Liberia has compiled a proud list of accomplishments that include President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – the first elected female head of state in Africa and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. With more than 10 years of peace, an educated workforce will become more important than ever before. And because of this priority, this fall 2015, Liberia will join the consortium in Georgia to celebrate and advance education in grand fashion.

We are pleased to invite our partners, stakeholders and friends to join us Sept. 26 on the campus of Emory University for our inaugural fundraising event. We will also be honoring outstanding educational institutions and businesses that have given service to Liberia this past year.

With the support of the consortium honorary chair, Savannah State University President Cheryl Dozier for the next two years, we are excited about her leadership and look forward to great things to come. Dozier and her faculty met with President Sirleaf in Monrovia to discuss their homeland security and marine sciences interests with the University of Liberia and the government of Liberia.

This spectacular gala experience will boast traditional cultures, delicious culinary displays and fashion spectacles. The mission and focus of the consortium will lead to the development of an educated and trained workforce that is vital to the continued strides the country has made.

For more information regarding this event, please call 404-565-1154or e-mail cblandford@UCLiberia.com. Also, visit our website at www.UCLiberia.com for further details.

Cynthia L. Blandford is president, CEO and board chair of the University Consortium for Liberia.

 

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Tuskegee University Students Participate in Summer Study Abroad Progam

December 15, 2015
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tuskegee-06-2015Under the leadership of Thierno Thiam, Special Advisor to the President for Global Initiatives, six Tuskegee University students participated in a summer study abroad at AME University.

Tuskegee also presented an architect curriculum for consideration to UL entitled “The Education of the Liberian Architect”, which will be reviewed for opportunities moving forward.

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Carter Center assists Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

December 15, 2015
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carter-center-06-2015Over the past 10-years, the Carter has worked with the Government of Liberia and in 2005, launched the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in Liberia.

During this time, they have trained 150 specialized nurses and physician assistants and 300 other mental health professionals, such as community mental health workers, assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in establishing and implementing its National Mental Health Policy and creating anti-stigma campaigns nationwide to improve public understanding of mental illnesses.

Under the leadership of Dr. Tom Borneman at the Carter Center, Tom Crick and Dr. Janice Cooper and her staff in Liberia, the mental health program is making a significant impact on the country. Tom Crick, Associate Director at the Carter Center provides leadership to the Access for Justice Program and other initiatives. Many thanks to the Carter Center and Tom Crick for providing support of the Tri-Nation Ebola Fundraising event held at the Carter Center earlier in the year.

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North Dakota State University signs MOUs with 5 Liberian Colleges and Universities

December 15, 2015
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north-dakota-06-2015Eveadean M. Myers, J.D., Vice President Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach at North Dakota State University (NKS) signed MOUs with Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Bong Community Colleges, African Bible College University and United Methodist University in Monrovia.

North Dakota State University joins the UCL as a member institution with a focus on agriculture and are exploring a partnership with the University of Liberia.

Myers said “the intent of the agreement is to build academic capacities of Liberian students, faculty, colleges and universities.”

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GSU Launches an All Children Reading program for Liberia

December 15, 2015
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Under the leadership of Dr. Gwen Benson, the Georgia State University (GSU) College of Education in partnership with a Global NGO in Monrovia, Liberia proposed to launch an All Children Reading site at two schools in Liberia, West Africa, one a co-educational K-12 private school and the other a K-12 private institution for girls. Both schools include a representative cross-section of indigenous groups in Liberia.

The proposed All Children Reading project, Promoting Early Achievement in Reading for Liberia (Project PEARL), will provide cutting edge reading strategies through technology-based innovation in the form of interactive learning video presentations (DVDs) alongside companion education kits (training materials and workbooks) that are grounded in current best practices for early reading instruction as well as designed to keep students highly engaged and excited about reading.

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Emory University hosts Dr. Emmet Dennis the President of the University of Liberia

December 15, 2015
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emory-06-2015Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Developing Nations at Emory University, hosted Dr. Emmet Dennis, President of the University of Liberia at her home to re-establish ties with UL. In addition to the UCL President Cynthia Blandford, President Dr. Jabari Simama of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Tech’s Michael Best, Clark Atlanta University’s Dr. Carlton Brown, and others were present to welcome the President to Atlanta.

Thanks also to the leadership of Courtenay Dusenbury, MPH, Director and Secretariat at Emory University International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), due to the Ebola Crisis, Emory’s International Association of National Public Health Institutes MOU with the Minister of Health will be realigned with the current needs of the country.

Emory University, under the leadership of Dr. David Nugent, Director, Master’s in Development Practice Program, and the Masters in Development Practice students have agreed to provide the Cox Ballroom at Emory University for the UCL Fundraising Event to be held September 26, 2015. Emory students are also preparing Post-Ebola Concept Notes to include Orphans, Sustainable Agriculture, and Entrepreneurship Center, and Water & Sanitation and will present their papers before the end of May on the campus of Emory University.

Emory University also invited Fatu Kakula, Liberian shero who helped to save the lives of her family members who had contracted Ebola, to study nursing at Emory University for one-year.

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UGA partners with Liberian Ministry of Agriculture and UL on Poultry Production Project

December 15, 2015
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uga-poultry-06-2015In collaboration with the University of Liberia (UL) and the Ministry of Agriculture, under the leadership of Dean Scott Angel, University of Georgia (UGA) presented a Letter of lnterest regarding the launching of a poultry production program in Liberia.

UGA’s expertise in the areas of poultry and meat production and their interest to help increase and improve poultry production in traditional “village” systems while also working to encourage and enhance more modern commercial models, is an important partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and other partners.

UL has identified land and other resources that will be leveraged on behalf of the partnership and have the support of the various UL faculty and staff to help move this exciting project forward. The specific land is located at Fendall and valued at S10,000.

Collectively, the team will work with UGA and the Ministry of Agriculture to identify funding resources to support this endeavor with the Government of Liberia, the private sector, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), World Bank, USAID, and others to help with the establishment of breeder flocks, hatcheries, grow out capabilities, processing and marketing. Mohammed Massaquoi, UGA alumni and retired NFL football player will serve as an Honorary Chair for the September UCL fundraiser at Emory University September 26, 2015.

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Savannah State University signs MOU with University of Liberia

December 15, 2015
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savanah-state-05-2015President Dr. Cheryl Dozier of Savannah State University (SSU) has agreed to serve as the Honorary Chair of the UCL beginning June 2015. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the University of Liberia’s President Emmet Dennis and SSU’s President Dr. Dozier last year where both institutions will make every reasonable effort to encourage direct contact, educational and research cooperation between their constituents, including students, faculty, departments and research centers/institutes.

In Liberia, Dr. Dozier and a delegation of SSU professors will meet with academic and governmental officials. The delegation included Dr. Deloach, Terri Clay and Norbert Chandler, assistant professors in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree program and Dr. Samuel Dolo, professor of mathematics. Dr. Dozier and her SSU faculty also had the opportunity to meet with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during her visit SSU also provided a scholarship to Randal Glee, a graduate from the UL, to work towards his Masters in Social Work at SSU.

SSU also presented the opportunity to host the 1st International Model African Union Conference in Liberia, however, due to the Ebola crisis, the event was postponed.

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CAU Host International Conference on Education and Industry in Liberia

December 15, 2015
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Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has provided tremendous leadership in the development of their relationship with the Republic of Liberia. They hosted an international conference on Education and Industry in Liberia where over 200 participated along with seven college presidents from Liberia, including President Brown from CAU and four members of their faculty. Industry experts included Delta Air Lines, the Coca-Cola Bottlers, Mittal Steel, Firestone, Sime Darby and others discussing how industry and academic should work more closely together to help prepare the workforce of tomorrow. CAU and UL also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to demonstrate their commitment moving forward.

As a UCL member school, CAU also provided 2 full-time academic scholarships to Saki Golafale and Varbah Sorsor, graduates of the University of Liberia to attend CAU on a Masters Degree program in Chemistry. Students have maintained a 3.0 and above GPA and are seeking support toward their PhD program before returning to Liberia. The UCL leadership is also working with CAU and the University of Liberia (UL) to establish a world-class science and laboratory program at UL and is currently establishing an international advisory committee to provide resources and support. CAU also hosted the Liberian Embassy staff at a UCL luncheon and later hosted the Liberian Ambassador to the U.S. Jeremiah Sulunteh at CAU to further discussions on how to strengthen relationships between CAU and Liberia.

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