Since 2007, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has continued to engage in a global education and internship experience in the Liberian public sector through a partnership agreement with the Civil Service Agency (CSA).
The 2014 interns, ten of whom came from NCCU, kicked off their global education experience in Liberia on May 11, 2014. The opening ceremony was graced by several dignitaries from the CSA and other ministries.
Liberia’s auditor general, Madam Yusador S. Gaye who served as the Keynote speaker is an alumnus of the NCCU executive masters program in Public Administration.
The two-week internship experience provided a professional outlet for NCCU executive Public Administration graduate students to be placed in various ministries and agencies to engage public managers in various development administration issues.
The internship experience also provided NCCU students an opportunity to have a comparative outlook on public administration and management.
The 2014 interns were placed in various government ministries and agencies including those assigned at the Internal Audit Agency, Monrovia Consolidated Schools System (MCSS), the Civil Service Agency, Ministry of Health and Social
Welfare (MOH/SW), the Legislative Budget Office at the House of Representative, Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the John F. Kennedy Hospital, among others.
The NCCU interns and administrators also had the opportunity to interact with higher education institutions in Monrovia, such as the Stella Maris Polytechnic, where they the interns met with senior administrators such as the vice-president for Academic Affairs, Jethro W. Brooks Jr., and the vice president for Administration, Franklin T. Dalieh Sr.
The interns also had an opportunity to meet with the principal of the Demonstration School, the Spiritan Academy, Ms. Marjanne Baker, and students from 4th through 9th grade.
In addition, the NCCU interns had a glimpse of how Liberia’s public corporations work through an insightful meeting with the leadership of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation, T. Nelson Williams. Mr. Williams is an alumnus of
NCCU as well as the chairman of the Liberian National Investment Corporation, Michael S. Wotorson.
The 2014 NCCU- CSA Global Education Program ended on May 23 with a reception hosted by the CSA.
The CSA Director General, George K. Werner provided closing remarks along with Dr. Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor—who is the chair of the Political Science Department at NCCU.
The two officials applauded the interns and the CSA staff for providing the high level placement for the students. Several recommendations were also offered at the closing on how to continuously strengthen the partnership program.
The NCCU interns were accompanied to Liberia by three faculty, Drs. Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor, James S. Guseh, and Ms. Lorie Williams.
North Carolina Central University was founded in 1909 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua by Dr. James Edward Shepard. It became the first public liberal arts institution for African Americans in the nation. The University is now a master’s comprehensive institution that offers bachelors and master’s degrees; a Juris Doctor, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences to a diverse student population.
The mission of NCCU, with a strong tradition of teaching, research, and service, prepares students to become global leaders and practitioners, who transform communities. Through a nationally recognized law school, highly acclaimed and innovative programs in the visual and performing arts, sciences, business, humanities, and education programs, NCCU students are engaged problem solvers. Located in the Research Triangle, the university advances research in the biotechnological, biomedical, informational, computational, behavioral, social, and health sciences. Our students enhance the quality of life of citizens and the economic development of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.