The Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia Cynthia Blandford and Dr. Weeks, President of the University of Liberia meet with Georgia State University leadership Dr. Gwen Benson, Associate Dean, Dr. Susan Ogletree and others to discuss a partnership around Early Childhood Education between GSU and UL. GSU will visit Liberia in December 2018 with the President of the UCL Cynthia Blandford to attend UL’s Convocation Ceremony and for faculty curriculum discussions. Clark Atlanta University is also expected to visit UL this December with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Read More
Dr. Ophelia Weeks, President of the University of Liberia, and Cynthia Blandford the Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, present handmade Liberian clock to the President of Clark Atlanta University Dr. Ronald Johnson for providing two full academic scholarships to Liberian students studying chemistry.
Last month, The UCL brought the University of Liberia(UL) and the University of Georgia (UGA) together to further partnership discussions. During the August meeting, UL President Ophelia Weeks and UGA Assistant Dean and Director of the Global Programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dr. Amrit Bart each represented their institution. The two discussed partnership with a specific focus on Agribusiness.
Both parties came to an agreement, which was completed and signed on August 7, 2017. Click Here to read the MOU between UL and UGA.
As campuses across the state of Georgia open and students return to school, a group of 12 Savannah State University students and 2 Savannah State University professors will have exciting stories to share from their Summer study abroad in Liberia.
Associate professor and interim chair of the social work department Dr. Roenia DeLoach and assistant professor of social work Dr. Adrien Anderson led the students on the trip in mid-July. While in Liberia, UCL president and Liberia’s Honorary Consul General in Georgia, Cynthia Blandford hosted the group with University of Liberia president Dr. Emmet Dennis. The group also met with US ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder.
Over the course of the week-long trip, the Savannah State team discussed establishing a social work program with the University of Liberia and the African Methodist Episcopal University. The group also explored post-Ebola recovery strategies for orphans, other areas of partnership and follow-ups on books donated by Savannah State University.
This group is a shining example of the experiences that UCL facilitates and the benefits of academic partnerships. View photos of the Savannah State team at the University of Liberia below.Read More
On Friday June 17, Global Atlanta featured an article about UCL Chief Financial Officer and PhD candidate Saki Golafale. Right now, Saki is in Liberia campaigning for the UCL and giving back to Liberian chemistry students with his ChemTalk lecture. As a former UCL student, after he receives his PhD in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University, Saki must return to Liberia and teach for two years.
The article states:
When Saki T. Golafale had the chance to address an education and business conference four years ago at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia, he took full advantage to decry the lack of laboratories, equipment and textbooks at his alma mater blocking his efforts to further his chemistry studies.
Liberia was still getting over decades of civil wars that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians, and the ebola crisis still hadn’t taken hold.
Click here to continue reading about how Saki became involved with the UCL and to learn more about his trip to Liberia.Read More
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.Read More
Sita 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.Read More
In 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.Read More
President 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.Read More